How to clean your beeswax wrap ?
The beeswax food wrap is gaining more and more popularity and many kitchens are gradually becoming zero waste. This reusable food packaging makes it possible to put an end to single-use packaging and that is very good news. Reusable and washable, this kitchen accessory makes it easier to store food and reinforces the fight against food waste!
The beeswax wrap is a great help for wrapping fruits and vegetables, covering jars, sealing bottles or even packaging food for the picnic or lunch. In order to maintain your reusable ecological packagingsolution and make your food wrap last as long as possible, we will explain how to clean it properly.
The bee wrap in a couple of words
If you are wondering how to clean your bee wrap, chances are you already have one. So you are aware that this ecological and sustainable alternative is quite simply a cotton fabric covered with beeswax, which allows food to be wrapped in a healthy way. It allows air to pass through and thus prevents condensation and mold from settling in. In addition, the bactericidal side of beeswax acts as a natural protector on your dishes.
The beeswax food wrap possesses the advantage of adapting to all shapes. Made of organic cotton Oeko-Tex fabric, it is malleable and thermoformable. This implies that the warmth of your hands will loosen the stiffness of the wrap to suit what you want to wrap.
If you are looking for organic and ecological beeswax food wraps, we invite you to visit our selection here. You will be able to find the beeswax wrapping you need.
How should I use a bee wrap?
The beeswax food wrap is used in the same way as a single use stretch wrap, except that it is reusable. It is ideal for wrapping and protecting opened fruits and vegetables, or for covering dishes or bowls. In addition, it is effective in all circumstances. Whether in a bag in the open, in the refrigerator or in a freezer, it will protect your healthy food.
Suitable for food contact, it leaves no taste or odors on your dishes. In addition, no harmful products will migrate to your food, unlike plastic and aluminum. It is therefore ideal for protecting your health as well.
The different patterns and colors of the bee wrap make it aesthetic. This makes it possible to distinguish between wrapped foods and those in non-transparent dishes and bowls. It gives more color to your refrigerator and an elegant touch to your snacks and sandwiches.
It is not recommended to put the bee wrap in contact with meat or fish, that either cooked or raw. Also note that it should not be put in the microwave or in the dishwasher or that it touches a hot surface.
So how do you clean and maintain it to make it last?
How to clean a beeswax food wrap correctly?
You have wrapped your food with your beeswax fabric food wrap, then you unpacked it and now it's time to clean it, so you can reuse it right? No need to choose a specific product, the beeswax food wrap is very easy to maintain. Depending on how dirty it is, here are the steps you should follow:
Your beeswax wrap is a little dirty, there is no stain
If that is the case, you can :
- Simply rinse it off under cool or warm water. It is strongly recommended not to use very hot water!
- Use a non-abrasive sponge to wipe it off
- Let it air dry by hanging it on the clothespin or on the tap directly
- Once dry, fold it, with the wax inwards and store it
- It is ready to be used again
Your foodwrap is dirty, it is stained
If so, follow this cleaning procedure:
- Start by dampening a sponge to wash the bee wrap. Add a little Marseille soap to the sponge.
- Simply rub the fabric gently, until the stain is gone.
- If the stain persists, soak your bee wrap for a few minutes in warm soapy water
- Then rub the beeswax food wrap again with the sponge
- Rinse it permanently under a stream of lukewarm water
- Air dry it by hanging it on a clothesline or on the tap directly
- As soon as it is dry, you can fold it up or roll it up, with the waxed side facing inside
- You can reuse it directly!
Warning : The bee wrap is not dishwasher safe!
My bee wrap is sticking less and less and the wax is starting to disappear, what should I do?
After using it a hundred times and cleaning it as many times as well, your bee wrap will stick less and less. The wax comes off as it goes, and this is completely normal. To restore it to its original state, do not throw it away and stay in a zero waste dynamic, you just need to coat it again. For this, a few nuggets of beeswax and 10 minutes of your time is enough. To get your bee wrap to stick again, follow these steps:
- Pre-heat your oven at 80°C
- Place your used bee wrap on a baking sheet
- Take wax drops and spread them over
- Once the oven is hot, put your beewrap in it for about 5 minutes
- The wax will melt after 5 minutes
- Open the oven door and spread the melted wax a little using a spoon or spatula, if you see any holes
- Let it cool down
- Your beeswax wrap is ready to go for one more year!
Looking for beeswax drops? You will find some here.
You can also use an iron to re-coat your bee wrap. You will find the technique in our article on how to make a homemade bee wrap, here.
The beewrap is the ecological zero waste alternative and no longer allows the use of aluminum foil or cling film plastic. You will keep your food products in a healthy way and avoid filling your trash can with waste!
If you want to reduce your carbon footprint, move towards a zero waste and plastic free house and be part of the adventure, discover all our selection of beeswax food wraps here!