How to clean beeswax wraps

Beeswax wraps provide the perfect eco friendly alternative to single use food wrapping such as cling film and tin foil. Instead of discarding after use, beeswax wraps can be easily maintained to provide well over a year’s worth of use.

Such an easy swap that instantly minimises the amount of personal waste ending up in landfill.  

Washing food wraps is actually as simple as cleaning the dishes. The only difference is that we recommend washing beeswax wraps in cold water rather than hot water.  

The first thing to note is that cleaning beeswax food wraps between uses is not always necessary. 

Beeswax has natural antibacterial properties which helps keep them clean and fresh. So if you are only wrapping dry food like crackers and bread, you’ll only need to wipe your wraps with a damp cloth before storing away

When cleaning beeswax food wraps more thoroughly we recommend washing in cold water with a mild washing up liquid. We don’t suggest washing in hot water as beeswax has a very low melting point - hot water will melt the wax. Although if this does happen you can always rewax your wraps

Cleaning beeswax wraps in five steps:

1. Fill your sink with cold water and mild dish detergent.

2. Place your wraps in the sink then use a sponge or cloth to wipe them down.

3. Rinse wraps under a cold running water

4. Once washed, beeswax wraps need to dry fully before being stored. To do this we recommend draping wraps over washed dishes or the kitchen tap to allow the air to circulate. Note: You don’t need to wring out the wrap

5. Once dry, store wraps by rolling and placing in a drawer or cupboard away from heat sources. We tend to store ours with our tea towels to ensure they’re good to go at a moment’s notice. 

Longer term maintenance

A top tip for  storing is to roll the wraps instead of folding. Folding can over time cause deep folds to appear in your wraps which can over time cause unnecessary wear.

Over time the wax on your wraps will start to dry or flake. This is completely normal and there’s some really simple ways to ensure they last for years. 

One of the easiest ways is to refresh your wraps when they are tired is by melting the wax slightly. This can be done very easily with something like a hair dryer or they can be placed in the oven. 

If refreshing no longer works it might be consider a full rewax

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