A common question for us is how to best care for your beeswax wraps. Beeswax wraps take only a few seconds of your time to keep clean and be ready to use again. Proper care is key to having your wraps and bags last.
Washing your wraps and bags
Beeswax, pine resin and jojoba oil all have various anti-bacterial properties making them a great reusable option for food storage. To wash your wraps or bags, always use cool water, mild soaps and air dry. If your wraps are not very dirty you can simply wipe them down with a damp rag. Never use hot water or harsh soaps with degreasers to wash your wraps. This can ruin the wax coating and cause your wraps to deteriorate quickly. We love using scent free dishwashing soap blocks for our wraps.
To dry your wraps and bags simply drape them over something to air dry or gently wipe them wipe a tea towel to speed up the process. We like to place our bags upside down over a water bottle or jar to keep them upright and dry them thoroughly.
When your wraps and bags are completely dry you can store them in a drawer, basket, cupboard or anywhere that is convenient and away from heat sources.
By caring for your wraps properly, they can last for one year or longer. A few more things to remember are to never microwave, do not place near heat and these are not recommended for raw meats. Wraps and bags can be use in the fridge or freezer for up to 2 months. Just allow them to come to room temperature when you take them out of the freezer before opening.
Giving old wraps a pick me up
When your wraps are starting to look a little sad you can pop them in a low heat oven on a pan with parchment paper and melt to help redistribute the wax. If your wraps are needing a little more help than this you can purchase our special wax blend pucks to add a bit more wax or you can try using a small amount of beeswax if you already have that around. Be careful not to add too much beeswax when you are not using pre-mixed bars. Without the mix of resin and jojoba oil your wraps can be prone to cracking.
- Heat your oven to 200F
- Melt wax slowly in a double boiler using a jar or pot you no longer need to cook with. Alternatively you can grate wax onto wrap or fabric and continue.
- Cover pan with parchment paper and lay fabric or old wrap on pan
- Spread wax evenly onto wrap or fabric
- Place back in your oven until the cloth is evenly saturated and spread wax as needed.
- Carefully remove from pan (hot be careful)
- Hang to dry or wave to dry
- Melt wax in double boiler as above or grate wax onto fabric or wrap
- Get your iron and board ready with 2 pieces of parchment paper
- Lay fabric on parchment paper and spread melted or grated wax evenly
- Place the second piece of parchment paper onto waxed fabric and iron on top of the parchment paper until the fabric is completely saturated.
- Remove carefully and dry
- If wax is too hard to grate, try placing in a warm place to slightly soften. Do not use items that you will want to cook with in the future. The wax will not come off.
- Be careful while working with hot wax as it sticks to skin and can cause burns. Protect surfaces while working with wax as it is tricky to remove. Not recommended for young or unsupervised children.
- Wash your wraps in cool water with a mild soap and allow to air dry.