Reusable Beeswax Wraps

This has to be one of the most anticipated DIY recipes. Reusable food wraps are super trendy now, how cool is that! The best thing about beeswax wraps is that you can choose whatever pattern you like to make them your own! Using 4 ingredients and a couple of minutes on a weekday night (these took 20 minutes on a Monday evening!) you can reduce your plastic impact on the planet.

Now without further ado let’s get into it!

Ingredients

  • 20g Natural Beeswax*
  • 8g Pine Resin
  • 1/2 tbsp Jojoba Oil (this is antibacterial so makes your wraps food grade!)
  • 1 x 30cm/30cm 100% cotton fabric in any colour you wish (if you have any spare scraps at home from old projects this is even better. These are from old curtain offcuts)

Method

  1. Preheat your oven to 100C or 210F.
  2. Line a baking tray with tinfoil. This will protect your tray from the mixture which can be very difficult to remove. Place your cotton fabric on top, making sure that it fits comfortably.
  3. On a low heat, melt your pine resin and beeswax in a stainless steel pot. Melt slowly otherwise, the pine resin will caramelise and no longer melt. As soon as it is all melted take off the heat.
  4. Add in your jojoba oil and mix.
  5. Using a brush that is clean but you aren’t very attached too, brush on the mixture on your fabric. Start off with a thin layer that just coats the whole sheet. If it is too thick it leaves a waxy residue on your container that you are attaching it to and it sticks to your hands as well, not very desirable.
  6. Put this in the oven for a maximum of 1 minute. Take out of the oven and either using your fingers or tongs, hold your beeswax fabric by the top two corners and peel off the tin foil.
  7. Dry your beeswax wrap by swishing it in the air. Once cooled hang it up for a couple of hours to fully set.
  8. Repeat the process to expand your beeswax wraps collection!

This mixture is for one beeswax wrap so simply multiply with how many you plan to make. I also found that if you want to make one large beeswax wrap, you can cut it into smaller pieces and it doesn’t fray the edges.

How to Clean Your Beeswax Pot:

Once you have used up your mixture, pour boiling water into your stainless steel pot. Bring to the boil and tip the waxy water outside so as the wax doesn’t clog up your kitchen drain. Wipe the pot with a serviette or paper towel and finish by giving it an extra wash with soapy water. 

Please feel free to send us pictures of your creations via the Green Living Australia Facebook page or tag us on Instagram. Happy Making!

*Please note: Green Living Australia cannot ship their Natural Beeswax to WA in accordance with the Government of Western Australia regulations. 

*Update*

How to Clean Your Beeswax Wraps:

We have had a lot of questions in the comments regarding cleaning your beeswax wraps. This is best done in cold water and with a mild detergent, natural detergents are preferable. Hot water will melt off the wax and harsh detergents will remove most of the product that you have purposefully added to create your wraps in the first place!

If you are finding that after a couple of months your beeswax wraps are developing cracks or the mixture is becoming uneven you can place your beeswax wrap between 2 pieces of non-stick baking paper, making sure to leave a 5cm border on the outside. Then using a hot iron quickly run it over your beeswax wrap until the whole wrap is melted, peel off your baking paper and leave to dry. You have now refreshed your wrap!

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16 Replies to “Reusable Beeswax Wraps”

    1. Yes, you do! By placing it in the oven for 1 minute it ensures that the mixture melts evenly through the fabric so both sides will be coated in the end πŸ™‚

  1. Hi Valerie, I don’t quite understand how the beeswax wrap is used. Does the wrap cling to the jar/vessel that is being covered? Also, how do you clean them?

    1. Hi Jean, Beeswax wraps are a great replacement to your plastic cling wraps. For instance, instead of covering a bowl in cling wrap to put in the fridge, you can use your beeswax wraps. Place your beeswax wrap on the top of your bowl and, using the heat of your hands, mould the wrap around the top so it stays in place. Once it is in the fridge it firms up so that it holds its shape. You can clean your wraps by handwashing with cold water and mild dishwashing soap, and hang to dry πŸ™‚

    1. Hi Debborrah, The best way to clean your beeswax wraps is to use cold water and mild dishwashing soap. If you use water that is too hot then the wax will wash off πŸ™‚

  2. Do the wraps just wipe clean ?
    How many times are they able to be used?
    Do we just discard or can we heat them again put more mixture on them ?

    1. Hi Elizabeth, Beeswax wraps can be used over and over again. To clean them you should use cold water and a mild detergent, if looked after they can last for a year or more. It is always best to refresh your beeswax wraps by sandwiching it between some non-stick baking paper, making sure there is about a 5cm border to catch any escaping wax, and quickly running a hot iron over it. This disperses the mixture over the material and fills in any large cracks that have formed. After about a year and when it is looking a bit rough you can compost your wrap and begin again with another funky pattern!

    1. Hi Nakia, you want to make sure that your fabric is quite sturdy and can handle washing, scrunching and folding for many months. 100% cotton, linen and hemp-based fabrics are great choices for your wraps and try to avoid any that are see-through or sheer. πŸ™‚

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