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How To Cut Down Household Plastic Waste With These Reusable Beeswax Wraps DIY

Here’s How We Cut Down Plastic Waste with These Beeswax Wraps DIY.

You and your family might be trying to reduce the number of plastics you use. Reusable bags and many other products are starting to replace one-time use plastics. Some of the most wasteful one-time use products come from food storage.

We use plastic wrap and aluminum foil to wrap up leftovers, sandwiches for lunches or picnics, and food storage. While it may seem like there isn’t a suitable substitute for these products, there are reusable food wraps that you can make easily in your home.

These DIY food wraps are made using the fabric of your choosing and beeswax. Also, no worries, they are safe and have no harmful side effects. Depending on the type of fabric you use, they can be all-natural.

Plastic Containers and Wraps Contain Unsafe Chemicals.

While plastic wrap and containers are our go-to for food storage, they are not the safest. These products contain BPA, which studies suggest increases your risk of cancer, hormonal problems, and development problems. Why put your food in products that are linked to these health problems? Especially when there are safer and more environmentally friendly options?

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Beeswax Wraps DIY: Make Your Own

There are many different ways to make your Fabric and Beeswax food wraps. Among all of them, this method proved the best. Below you will find a list of ingredients you’ll need and the step-by-step instructions.

Ingredients:

  • 1 tbsp. Jojoba oil
  • ¼ cup of beeswax (come in pellets)
  • ¼ cup of pine resin (also known as pine resin)
  • Several Yards of the fabric of your choosing

Tools:

  • Mason Jar or Pint-Sized Jar
  • Pot
  • Steamer basket
  • Scissors
  • Old Paint Brush
  • Baking Sheet
  • Parchment Paper

    Once you have all your ingredients, follow these instructions step by step to create your fabric and beeswax wraps DIY.
  1. Heat your oven to 250 F.
  2. While your oven is heating, combine the jojoba oil, pine resin, and beeswax in your mason jar.
  3. Place the steamer basket in your pot, then place the mixture in the jar on it.
  4. Fill the pot almost full with water. You should try to cover the mixture as much as possible without the water overflowing or getting into the jar.
  5. Turn the heat to medium and start to stir the mixture. The pine resin will take longer to melt, so continue to stir. You may need to scrap the pine resin off the bottom of your jar. Keep in mind whatever you are using to stir won’t likely be reusable.
  6. While the mixture is melting and combining, take your cloth or fabric and start cutting it into your desired shapes and sizes.
  7. Use the parchment paper to cover the bottom of your baking sheet.
  8. Lay the pieces of fabric on the parchment paper and brush the mixture over them. Try to apply it all evenly.
  9. Move the pieces of fabric in the oven (roughly 2 minutes) to continue melting the mixture.
  10. Continue steps 7-9 until the mixture is evenly applied to all your pieces of fabric.
  11. Hang your beeswax wraps DIY up to dry.

Note:

  • Keep in mind you may need to replace the parchment paper in between batches.
  • Use a paper towel to collect any excess mixture off your baking sheet. If you use a fabric cloth, the mixture is going to stick to it.
  • If they are still too sticky after drying, try putting them back in the oven, then pat them with a paper towel.
  • If they are not sticky enough, you can always apply more mixture by the same process as above.

If making your own beeswax wraps seems too time-consuming or complicated, you can also buy premade ones online, Goldilocks is a great option.

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How to Take Care of my Beeswax Wraps DIY?

Once you make your beeswax wraps DIY, you still need to take care of them. If properly maintained, they should remain useful for 6 – 12 months. If your wraps do start to work less over time, you can refresh them by using the same process for applying the mixture.

Cleaning your beeswax wraps DIY is easy. You simply handwash them in cold water and then let them air dry on the back of a chair.

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