Beeswax wraps are a great reusable alternative if you want to replace plastic foil, aluminium foil or single use plastic zip bags. Beeswax wraps keep your food fresh and you use it the same way as cling film. It is 100% made from natural non-toxic materials and can be reused a thousand times.
But they can also be expensive for students like me therefor I have tried and made my own at home. There are so many ways one can make beeswax wrap but I really like the way I did it because it is easy, few ingredients are needed and you can do it together with someone like I did with my mom. Beeswax wrap is a great idea to use but also to give it someone as a gift. Here is a guideline for home made beeswax wraps.
What you need
Beeswax bar grated (250 gram) from Natuurproduct
Organic jojoba oil from Gimsel
100% cotton or linnen cloth ( 20 x 20 cm but can be bigger)
Iron and iron board
Towel (which you only use for craft, it might get some beeswax on it)
1. Place your towel on the iron board and place one sheet of baking paper on top of the towel. Then place the cotton or linnen cloth on top of the baking paper.
2. Sprinkle the grated beeswax equally on the op the cloth. (Here I used pre-grated beeswax but you can grate it yourself if you buy a bar of beeswax)
3. Drip some jojoba oil equally on top of the beeswax and the cloth. More jojoba oil means your beeswax wrap is going to be more flexible.
4. Place another sheet of baking paper on top of the cloth with the beeswax and jojoba oil on it.
5. Start ironing on top of the baking paper. Don’t forget the edges and keep ironing until it all melts and you don’t see any hard pieces of the beeswax left.
6. When all the beeswax is melted you can carefully peel off the baking paper from the top. Watch out it can be hot!
7. Then carefully peel off the beeswax wrap from the baking paper.
8. Hang it up to dry for a few minutes until it feels hard again.
9. Use it for keeping leftovers, fruits or vegetables fresh but you can also wrap a sandwich in it instead of using a container.
10. If they get dirty just wash them off with cold water. If you wash the beeswax wrap with warm or hot water the beeswax wrap will melt down again.
Good luck and use your beeswax wraps with love!