Today, I made my first steps to a more sustainable kitchen (smug-face). I made my own beeswax wraps! Beeswax wraps are a perfect eco-alternative to clingfilm. These can be bought quite readily now in some gorgeous prints but can be on the pricey side hence the attempt to make my own.
I wanted to make some durable wraps that had properties as close to clingfilm as I could get. After doing some research into some I decided to follow the recipe from Piwakawaka Valley (link) that uses damar resin and jojoba oil. I switched to pine resin as damar was not readily available. The original warns pine resin might taint the food but this is not my personal experience.
It’s true the pine resin smells (lovely but strong) during the melting but once its dry on the fabric, it not noticeable.
The reason for choosing this particular method was the additions of pine resin and jojoba oil. The pine resin helps the wraps to be sticky and the jojoba has antimicrobic properties. Win, win.
The fabric needs to be lightweight cotton. I repurposed some beautiful Liberty fabric I made my first dress (A-line, bandeau style – circa 2009) from and haven’t worn since around 2010. Now I can use it every day rather than looking at it sentimentally in my wardrobe.
It was surprising easy and once up and running with a good product-line; very satisfying! I had a little beeswax mix left over so I’ve popped it in a lego-man mould (as you do), ready for the next batch!
There is a link to their website above but I have summarised it out below as well.
You will need:
Light-weight cotton fabric (think bedsheet kind of thin!) – about 8 x 30cm squares
Old, clean paintbrush
120g pine resin (can also use damar resin)
3 tsp jojoba oil
Pre-heat your oven to 150°C and cover your oven shelves in foil. Melt all the ingredients together in saucepan. Set your first piece of fabric onto the foil and use the paintbrush to cover the fabric with a thin layer of the melted wax liquid. Make sure the wax soaks all the way through.
Pop in the oven for 10 mins to ensure the wax penetrates the fabric all the way through. Prepare your next fabric square whilst this on is in the oven and get an effective production line started! Once your 10 mins is up, remove the shelf from the oven and carefully peel your fabric off… it will air dry in a matter of minutes!
Marvel at your final product! You have made an important product to save your kitchen from clingfilm- Congratulations!! Every time I use my beeswax wraps, I am reminded that I can change my habits and mindsets; if I can do it here, where else I can I make the change?…
I have made 20 sheets so far (don’t worry it’s not an obsession just yet – I made some with friends!) which has cost me £13 with a large lego-man mould (!) worth of mixture left. I still have with about half of jojoba oil (which I plan on making for make-up remover) and half of the pine resin remaining.