Beeswax wraps are one of the niftiest eco friendly inventions out there. They're super versatile, non-toxic, biodegradable, plastic free, resuable and it's simple to make your own!
Beeswax wraps are a great sustainable alternative to plastic cling wrap, and a great way to help reduce plastic waste in the kitchen and get started on living a more sustainable lifestyle.
Homemade beeswax wraps are easy and straight-forward to make, and are great to give as gifts for birthdays and Christmas too!
This method below uses just beeswax and fabric. It's the simplest way to make beeswax wraps, but there are alternative options if you would like something a little more complex.
Supplies needed to make homemade beeswax wraps:
- 100% cotton fabric
- Beeswax pastilles or shaved block beeswax.
- Something to hang the wraps up to dry – such as a clothes hanger or twine and pegs
- Parchment paper or tin foil
- Baking sheet(s) and oven
- A paint brush. (This item is’t totally necessary, but is helpful to spread the wax evenly across the fabric after it melts. That said, keep in mind the brush will get covered in wax and may not be suitable for certain future projects. To clean the brush afterwards, try dipping it in hot/boiling water to remove the wax.)
Some homemade beeswax recipes call for other optional ingredients like jojoba oil and pine resin. You’ll commonly see these additions in commercially-made beeswax wraps. They make the wraps more pliable (less stiff) at room temperature, and also help them stick to surfaces and themselves more readily. This simple fabric and beeswax version works perfectly fine though!
How to make simple, reusable beeswax wraps
- Wash and dry your chosen fabric.
- Cut the fabric into desired shapes and sizes. Note, they don't need to be square! Feel free to make them rectangles, or even circular!
- Preheat the oven to the lowest setting (Less than 100°c)
- Line baking tray with baking paper or tin foil and lay the pieces of fabric out on the tray, careful not to overlap.
- Sprinke beeswax pastilles or shavings evenly over the surface. Don't forget to get near the edges.
- Place the baking tray in the warm oven for about 5 minutes, or until the beeswax has melted and soaked into the fabric. Remove from oven.
- Straight out of the oven, run a brush back and forth across the fbric to evenly spread the melted wax, dispersing any spots that may have pooling.
- While it's still wet, hang to dry.
- Once it's dry - they're ready to go!
Tips to caring for beeswax wraps:
- Use your homemade beeswax wraps to store cut fruit and veggies, around cheese, bread, and more. They’re perfect to use on top of bowls, food storage containers, or glass jars instead of plastic wrap or a lid – like over a salad or leftover bowl of soup in the fridge. Avoid using with raw meat, as you can't hot wash beeswax wraps.
- Beeswax wraps often stick to themselves better than the container they're on. Pinch the sides of beeswax wraps together to get a good hold.
- Don't wash beeswax wraps in hot water.
- Wash beeswax wraps in either cold or lukewarm water and a mild soap.
Homemade beeswax wraps should manage several good years of use. Once they become old, thin, and/or less sticky, it is easy to bring them back to life.
Simply pop the old wraps back in the warm oven with a small sprinkle of beeswax to provide a fresh new coating and lease on life. If they’re really old and beat up, you can simply compost them. Since they’re made from 100% natural materials, beeswax wraps are biodegradable.