Make your own beeswax wraps
We all know we need to reduce our plastic use, especially single use plastic like plastic wrap. One way to reduce this is by using reusable containers but that doesn’t work for all food. If the food is large or an odd shape, you might need something to wrap the food in. Enter beeswax wraps. These have become more popular the past few years so you can certainly find them online or in eco stores but they are also quite easy to make. Just follow the steps below.
Make your own beeswax wraps:
1. Wash and dry fabric that you want to use and cut into the shapes and sizes you need.
2. Place 2 tsp pine resin, 2.5 tbsp beeswax, and 1 tbsp jojoba oil in a double boiler or glass measuring cup and set in a saucepan.
3. Add water to saucepan until the mixture inside the double boiler or measuring cup is below waterline. Turn burner to medium-high heat.
4. Preheat oven to 300° F.
5. Allow ingredients to melt and blend together, about 20 to 25 minutes.
6. Cover large cookie sheet with parchment paper (larger than your biggest piece of fabric)
7. Spread your fabric pieces flat on parchment paper.
8. Brush mixture LIGHTLY onto fabric. Be careful not to oversaturate.
9. Put cookie sheet in oven for 2 minutes, or until fabric looks wet.
10. Remove from oven and look for any dry spots. Brush mixture over these uncovered areas, applying more coating as needed. If you notice unevenness after adding more, you can place it back in the oven for a few minutes to smooth.
11. Place the next wrap(s) you are going to make on top of the finished fabric to soak up any excess coating mixture. Work quickly, as you don’t want the wax to begin to solidify.
12. Once you’ve pressed any excess onto the new cloth, peel apart and hang your completed wrap(s) to dry. Drying only takes a few minutes.
13. Repeat steps with additional pieces of fabric until you are out of coating mixture.
Instructions adapted from Mountain Rose Herbs.