Try these do-it-yourself beeswax wraps for a replacement plastic wrap and start switching to a sustainable kitchen!
DIY reusable beeswax wraps for food to swap for plastic wrap in your zero waste kitchen!
You know how annoying it is when the you put leftovers away but the plastic wrap falls off?
And forget about stacking anything on top of the pan covered with plastic wrap. It’s just a recipe for disaster and a HUGE mess in the refrigerator to clean up.
Well, it doesn’t have to be!! I recently discovered beeswax wraps and they are the best alternative to replace plastic wrap.
If you are new to this growing trend, beeswax wraps are cotton fabric that has been coated with a wax, keeping food safe and lasting longer.
After reading all the recipes, reviews and tutorials before deciding to just do it myself. Many articles use ingredients for diy wax wraps like pine resin, beeswax, castor oil, almond oil, coconut oil, jojoba oil and so many other combinations.
Good housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens had the simplest recipes since they didn’t need the fancy oils. I decided to jump on the bandwagon and choose a recipe using as many on hand supplies as possible.
When switching to a zero waste sustainable kitchen, I want the transition to be budget friendly, repurposing stuff I have on hand as much as possible.
Make your own beeswax wrap tutorial are everywhere!
Here are the recipes I found most helpful when making my own version.
- Good Housekeeping has a great diy beeswax reusable wraps article
- BHG has a tutorial using only wax – no resin (yay!)
After researching a lot, I noticed a pattern of how to make wax clothes. Here are the most common ways:
- Wax, oil and resin
- Wax and oil
- Wax only
Each type had pros and cons, some recipes claimed the using resin was the only way to go, while others declared it depends on your ratios, fabric and desired results.
It was getting a bit science-y for me, so I figured I’d dive in feet first.
Try this zero waste swap to reusable food wraps for less plastic and a healthier home
When deciding to make the switch from plastic to zero waste alternatives you really have to make some mental preparations first.
Plastic wrap is the normal go-to for storing leftovers that don’t have a traditional lid. Wax wraps is a newer concept, so you are gonna have a skeptical approach. Don’t judge the sweet wraps too harshly though!
With that in mind, I think each article I read was influenced by how excited or skeptical the user was. If you are doing this switch to prove a method wrong, well of course you are gonna look the flaws.
That was kinda heavy, sorry.
What I mean to say is, people will find a way to celebrate a new way of thinking, or discredit it.
The fact remains that waxcloth is a healthy, reusable alternative to cling wrap. So why not give it a try? What do you have to loose?
DIY wax wraps that don’t require resin
I like following the latest trends. Most people reject the thinking they are a crowd follower. But I rather enjoy the comfort knowing I’m not alone in my thinking.
Zero waste and sustainable kitchens is a growing trend, but to me a great motivation to start living a sustainable lifestyle. And I’m a big fan of sustainability.
So when deciding to make a few bees wax food wraps I didn’t want to buy any supplies unless absolutely necessary. I wanted to use up as many crafting supplies as possible. So before you go out and buy anything, check your sewing scrap pile, look for any clothes in your closet you would be okay with upcycling. Fat quarters are perfect for this project because they come in packs of adorable patters and are already cut down small!
How to make a no resin wax food wrap
- Look for any candles you have on hand. I found some old beeswax candles that after 6 years of not being able to bring myself to burning them, I wanted to finally use them. Just remember to only grab unscented one!! I tried the scented wax melts and it was not good.
- Get the wax in small peices. I tried grating the candle on my craft grater. This did not work. Then I tried using a knife to slice off prices. It worked but was a slower process. Finally, I used a peeler and this was the way to go. The wax fell of in small pieces.
- Melt wax – Using the iron, and two sheets of parchment paper was the best route for me. Small flakes was important since I did the iron, rather than the oven. I read too many stories of smoking up the house with the oven method!
DIY with bought supplies
Now if you don’t have a beeswax candles on hand, it’s not very hard to get the ingredients. Amazon has some great options and can have them to you lickity-split.
Your shopping list can include everything you need with enough wax to make 3-4 batches depending on the size. Try it out small, like a 8-inch round, square or rectangle sandwich size. Then move on to 9×13 or larger round ones for bowls.
See if wax wraps are for you, and which recipes you like to replace plastic wrap.
- Beeswax pellets- here is 2 pounds bag or 5 pounds
- Fabric – use 100% cotton. First look for any fabric scraps on hand. otherwise here are some floral quarters if you can’t find anything on hand to use. Or you can try the craft store sale shelf.
- Oil – you can use jojoba, coconut or olive oil
- Resin – optional if you opt for a resin to add a more tacky, sticky cling use this resin powder and it even has instructions for wax wraps!
Here are some other ways to recycle and reuse your fabric scrap pile 🙂
The recipe for how to make wax food wraps
So once you’ve decided on all the supplies, next if the fun part to actually do the switch from disposable to resuable.
Set-up your work space with an old sheet. Place your fabric on one layer of parchment paper. Then starting adding the ingredients.
Again, there are lots of ways to approach melting the wax first, to melting directly on the cloth with an iron and parchment paper.
Simple is the name of the game, so I choose not to melt the wax since I have little ones that could have bumped me.
Wax wraps made with coconut oil
The ratio I found most common was ½ cup of wax to 1 TBSP of oil. Since most oils listed are JoJoba oil and I didn’t have any on hand, I used coconut oil instead and it worked just as good!
When it came time I drizzled melted coconut oil, and sprinkled the wax on top. Then sandwiched the fabric between parchment paper and iron on high-beeswax melts around 140 degrees.
The wax should melt within a few seconds. Keep the iron moving to spread evenly, just be careful to watch the edges since the wax will try to spill out.
This is the coolest thing to watch!
I let the fabric a few minutes to cool before removing to hang dry overnight.
The next morning I had wax wraps!!!
Each size felt different since I didn’t use exact measurements with the wax and oil. I measured the 1/2 cup and 1 TBSP but spread that out between the three fabric pieces.
Test for sticky
Each piece of fabric stuck to the apple when testing. So I give this zero waste reusable beeswax wrap trend a 10/10.
I used fabric, wax and coconut oil I had on hand. So my investment was $0. So I can not complain with my outcome!!
I would like to try store bought wax and bigger fabric so I can cover pans or bowls. But for now, I am looking forward to breaking in these beeswax cloth wraps, and ditching the plastic wrap.
Not gonna miss the plastic falling or bunching up!
Not sure what to use wax food wraps for? Start with reading this article on How to Store Fruit and Vegetables to Maintain Freshness!!
Now let’s discuss how to use wax food wraps so you get the most use
Beeswax food wraps offer an eco-friendly way to store your cut produce, cover leftovers (since that Tupperware lid always seems to be missing) and reduce the need for single-use plastic bags.
Pack your lunch sandwich in a beeswax cloth wrap for a zero waste swap that will make your office buzz with how easy it is to reduce plastic consumption. No need to worry about your bread touching the wax because according to Healthline, you can Eat Honeycomb (which is where wax comes from) and get some extra health benefits like better heart health.
Extend the lifespan by learning how to wash wax food wraps properly
When it comes time to clean your reusable wraps, just run your cloth under warm water to rinse any lunch residue or food. Be careful not to make it too hot, otherwise the coconut oil and wax will soften and begin to slide around (or off) leaving patches of uncovered fabric.
How long do beeswax food wraps last?
A well taken care of set of reusable food wraps should last you many years because when they start loosing their “tacky” feeling, you can simply melt down more wax and revive them! Instead of throwing them away, when you make your own wax wraps you can see how the progress is done, so you can maintain the product for many years. Not to mention teach others!
I hope you enjoyed this simple diy tutorial on how to make your own beeswax food wraps to get your zero waste journey started. If you are needing more ideas on how to be more sustainable, check out this article on Zero Waste Beauty Products.