One of the most common questions we get asked about using eco-friendly beeswax wraps instead of disposable plastic wrap or bags is: how do you wash beeswax wraps?
The short answer is that you can hand wash beeswax wraps just like you would a plate or bowl, except with lukewarm water instead of hot water. Hang to dry and done!
Here’s a slightly longer answer for those of you who want step-by-step instructions.
How to Wash Beeswax Wraps
Our secret blend of sustainably harvested beeswax, organic coconut oil and tree resin that coats the cotton wraps allow the wraps to stick to themselves, not the food you’re protecting, so they rarely get too dirty. The beeswax also has antibacterial qualities which help make them a viable, reusable option for food storage.
To wash beeswax wraps, rinse the wrap with cool or lukewarm water and eco-friendly dish soap. You can use a cloth or sponge to wipe them down, then rinse off.
How to Dry Beeswax Wraps
Once washed, the beeswax wraps need to air dry. We have a small clothing line in our kitchen to hang the wraps, but you can simply drape them over other drying dishes or even your faucet to dry.
You don’t need to wring out the wrap.
How to Store Beeswax Wraps
Once dry, gently fold the beeswax wraps and store them in a drawer, basket or on a shelf. We know many people who keep them in the same drawer as their tea towels. You want to make sure they’ll stay dry and are in a handy spot for whenever you need to grab one next.
Taking care of your beeswax wraps this way, and avoiding any heat sources, will help your wraps last for up to two years of reuse!
Over time, the wax will slowly start to break down or flake off a little. This is normal and you can still continue to use the wraps. If your beeswax wraps start looking tired, you can also refresh them by melting the wax slightly.
How to revive wax wraps
If your wax wrap has been getting a lot of use and looking a little crumpled and tired, there’s an easy way to make it good as new.
We had some friends make this video for us, so that people can see what our Wax Wraps look like after one year, and what you can do to make them bee-autiful again. Watch the video and read on below for directions.
- An old cookie sheet (warm wax can be messy and difficult to clean up so use a pan you don’t care about)
- A silicon baking mat
- An oven
- A place to hang your Wax Wrap
- Grated beeswax (optional)
- Pre-heat the oven to 140°C.
- Put a silicon baking mat down on the cookie sheet and Grab an old cookie sheet and lay your Wax Wrap on top of the mat.
- Simply heat the pan in the oven keeping the door open and watch your wrap as the wax warms up, about 2-3 minutes.
- Once the wax on the wrap has re-melted, carefully take the wrap out by its corners and hang it up quickly before the wax dries.
- Once it’s cool – about 1 minute – your SuperBee Wax Wrap will be ready to use and look shiny and new!
If the wax has worn off in places, you can sparingly sprinkle some grated wax on the cotton before you heat the wrap in the oven.
Refreshing your wax wrap this way is really simple, and makes our product truly sustainable and reusable for a very long time.