With plastic-free July upon us, we’re helping you minimise your waste with this DIY beeswax wrap recipe. No more cling wrap and no more single-use, disposable plastic containers. These wraps are the eco-friendly alternative to packaging your household goods.
You will need:
100% cotton fabric – should be a thin fabric, like a bed sheet
pinking shears (you know…those zig zag scissors)
paintbrush (best to use a cheap or old one, it’ll never be the same again)
metal baking sheet
clothesline or somewhere to hang finished wrap
How much beeswax and jojoba do I need?
This depends on the size and number of wraps you’d like to make. Here are the guidelines for small, medium and large wraps.
2 teaspoons grated, packed beeswax
1/2 teaspoon jojoba oil
1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon grated, packed beeswax
1 teaspoon jojoba oil
1 tablespoon plus 2.5 teaspoons grated, packed beeswax
2.5 teaspoons jojoba oil
Preheat your oven to 110 degrees
Cut your fabric into the sizes you prefer using pinking shears. A good start is to have two or three of each size wrap in your kitchen.
Once you have decided how many wraps you are making, mix the right amount of jojoba & beeswax you will need in a bowl
Lay parchment paper over the baking sheet, then place your fabric on top. Sprinkle your beeswax/jojoba oil mixture evenly over the top.
Place the sheet in the oven and bake until the mixture is fully melted. This should take between 5-10 minutes.
Using the paintbrush, spread the mixture evenly over the fabric. Its best to do this still on the oven rack and try not to not pull it right out of the oven so it remains melted. Pop it back in and let it melt and even out some more.
When the mixture is evenly melted, remove the baking sheet from the oven and lift the sheet off with tongs – it will cool and harden surprisingly quickly.
Once it becomes tacky and you can touch it, hang it out to “cure”. A clothes line, back of a chair or a clothes horse is perfect. Once they have aired for a few minutes, they should feel grippy but not super sticky.
What can I wrap in my beeswax wraps?
Cut fruit & veggies
Can be used as spread over the top of bowls & containers as a lid
A few extra hints
To use, place over a bowl or container, or use it to wrap fresh produce (like avocados). The warmth from your hands will mold the wrap into the desired shape.
Once finished with, they can be washed with cold water and a mild soap.
As they cannot be washed with hot water they are not recommended for wrapping meat.
Depending on how frequently they’re used, these beeswax wraps can last for up to 1 year. After that all you need to do is re-wax them in order to keep using them.
If you aren’t up for making your own, never fear, there are some awesome local folk out there who can do it for you. Check out….