How to make beeswax cotton food wrap with either an iron or oven

How to make beeswax cotton food wrap with either an iron or oven

Hi I’m Aannsha Jones and today we’re
going to make out of this blouse we’re going to make a wax material cover, so
instead of using cling wrap which goes into the environment into landfills and
doesn’t break down we’re going to use cotton or some other material – this is
cotton – and pure beeswax. Pure beeswax is wonderful because it does have
antibacterial properties and it’s soft enough that when it gets warm you can
mold it around an object like this bowl and it will hold its shape. So basically
instead of using cling wrap to cover something that’s in this bowl I can just
use this and then you can just straighten it out again. And if you want to cover something smaller you can. So here’s a beautiful blouse. ‘Cause, I don’t know what happened when it was in the washing machine: it got chewed up! Look at that! I was a bit disappointed because I’ve spent time actually sewing
nice little buttons on there. It was a nice little blouse. Anyway – great
cotton, nice pattern for a piece of waxed cloth. So I’ve marked out a nice
big square so that if I have a big block of cheese or something I can actually
cover the whole thing. So all I have to do now is cut it out. You can either cut
squares or you can cut out circles. I guess you can cut any shape you want really!
It doesn’t have to be perfect because really the edges aren’t going to be the part
that actually covers the food. One of the reasons why I am making this now is
because my husband Barry and I are going to be living on board a boat and we’re actually selling our house and if you’ve watched my other videos you’ll see that
I’m currently going through the renovations. But living aboard a boat
means that we have to be as environmentally aware as we can be and
do what we can. So here’s the square that I’ve cut out and all we have to do now is put it on to a tray with some baking paper Now you see this is too big for this but
that’s going to be okay. All I’m going to do next is grate some of this
beeswax onto the cloth enough that when it melts it will soak through all of the
cloth. Now for the little square that I made, this took 10 grams
so you can see where I’ve grated off this area now this was originally a 140
gram bar so you can see it’s going to make a few of these different sized wraps. Because it’s pure beeswax it’s not toxic so I’m just going to use my ordinary grater. Hot soapy water we’ll get this completely clean and the beeswax is not toxic so I don’t have a problem with using my ordinary kitchen grater. Now you can if you want to increase the
antibacterial and antiviral content of the actual waxed material you can put a
little bit of coconut oil on here as well which will get added into the mix. Some people add the oil to help it become slightly more malleable but I found that
by using a nice thin material it doesn’t need an oil to make it more easily
“bendable” … I’m definitely going to voice this over! Laughs So I’m going to roll this over and pop it in the oven for a few minutes. It’s all covered. All right so let’s hang it up to dry. It’s already going stiff, see. So here is some cheese. And that will prevent the cheese from drying out. Isn’t that great? So two pieces of baking paper, a piece of material. Now this is actually going to fit inside of the tin. I am still using a baking tray because I just want to protect my surface. And then you get
yourself a grater and then just basically grate enough so that when
it’s melted it will soak into all of the material. Let’s see how we go with this. So I’ve got my iron set to Wool, so it’s not really
very hot just hot enough to melt the wax. Just lightly run over it until all the wax is melted. Now it’s already starting to harden. It’s winter here so it’s cooling very quickly but I can see there’s some wax left over on the edge. So you can just come scrape that and put it where you need it. You can actually use the iron to push out the wax around the material which is really
helpful. So that’s it. I can see through the baking sheet that the material’s all
coated and I’m going to peel it off before it sticks to the baking paper and
there you have it! So the next thing that we’re going to do is we’re going to turn
this sleeve into a tube like this. I’m just going to cut it above just where the cuff is. It’s a rough cut. I can trim it again once it’s been waxed. And then I’m
going to cut it just underneath the arm here. Now obviously because this is a new
blouse, it’s really clean. If you had a blouse and it looked as if the arm
area was discoloured, then you could cut it further down but you’d still have
a reasonable sized little bag. Now this is one of those blouses that has a button and a tie with it so I’m just going to take this off and snip this bit off … I’m now going to lay it flat on here and
what I’m going to do is I’m just going to pile on a whole heap of wax and
then I’ll fold it over. Cover it with your baking paper and give it a good iron. You can see it – see how it’s melting and liquefies so you can push it with the
iron where you want it to go, see? I just like the idea of – “aah” (hot) recycling material as well, so it’s just something else that doesn’t go into landfill and just trim
the edges off. So there you have it a rectangular
pocket and a circle. Pop this in here … keep it fresh. If you’ve enjoyed watching
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Comments (86)

  1. Have you made beeswax cotton food wraps? If so, did you add jojoba or coconut oil? Did you find it made any difference compared to just plain beeswax? I'd love to know your experience with wax wraps as an eco-friendly alternative to cling wrap.

  2. Hello! I liked your video but I wonder why you don't show how to make the pocket shaped wrap??

  3. Hi! if the wrap gets dirty, how can you clean it?

  4. Love this want to get started, fantastic idea

  5. Hello, great tutorial! Does the wax sticks to the iron and will it damage my clothes when I'm ironing? Thank you!

  6. I would refrain from using coconut oil as it will eventually go rancid. Also you would wash away the oil with soap when cleaning the wrap. In my opinion the beeswax is safer used on its own.

  7. A tube like that would be good for bread dough for freezer

  8. I would love to know how much u paid for that manuka bees wax i bet it was a bomb

  9. Using hot, soapy water to remove beeswax from the grater would not be a good idea. If the wax gets into the drains and cools down, it will solidify and over time, could lead to blockage.

  10. Hi Aannsha. Great video. Thank u for sharing this information with us. I was looking at an alternative to store meat like chicken and fish in freezer. As of now we reuse plastic and I want to stop using it as v have to throw them when they wear out. Can I use these beeswax cloth wraps?? Will it work??

  11. How do you clean these?

  12. I wonder if it might be better to use foil rather than baking paper. If wax gets on your oven tray it could burn when you next use it & if any gets in your iron it could destroy it.

  13. thought of making a sandwich bag out of PUL fabric, then i saw some tutorial of sandwich bag with beewax wrap. This is a good idea and i like the sound you make when you show the sleeve tube.

  14. Great idea, but how would they go in our Queensland summers, if they are put in a lunch box?

  15. Hello. Do you only sprinkle the wax on one side of the fabric?

  16. That was a clever idea to make the sleeve into a tube.

  17. Have to wonder about the plastic container for the beeswax…

  18. You just saved me money, I'm going to make my own and customize <3

  19. Hi, can I use linen instead of cotton fabric?

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  21. Hi! do you fill with wax both sides or just one. In that case, what side should I put facing food on a bowl? Thanks!

  22. Can I use soy wax too instead of beeswax?

  23. Cheaper to go to your local beekeeper and ask for any spare wax after they have extracted the honey

  24. You are doing a great deed😀

  25. the only drawback i found with these was that i couldn't tell what i had wrapped in them without unwrapping them 🙁 I suppose if you were so inclined you could make different colours for different foods and be very disciplined about the wrapping 🙂

  26. I love your video and tried it myself. However, I found a simpler way from PebblePond, put foil on the iron and iron directly on the fabric.

  27. AWESOME…..LUV the iron idea, I use a brush with melted wax…this is alot quicker & easier..! Thank you..!!

  28. how do I wash it? awesome idea and video btw!!!

  29. have you tried using these wraps to wrap uncooked meat for the freezer? if so, do you have any tips? i read below your comment about using paper (which would be better to me than using the plastic freezer bags i currently use) – have you tried this?

    if not, what is your method of freezing meat?


  30. “If you’re a bee-product-free vegan, you can substitute beeswax for candelilla wax. While it works well on it’s own, I think it’s best with the pine resin.” Bees are dying and going extinct this product is a good idea but not if it feeds another problem.

  31. How long do they keep for? Will the wax come off it? Can I make a bunch and store them?

  32. Does it have to be 100% cotton? I have a polyester shirt left over in my sewing box. Great video ☺

  33. Which side is facing up on the container?

  34. I didn't think coconut oil can go rancid!

  35. I bought my first beeswax food wrap today. Im courious now how it's made.

  36. I have been wanting to make some wraps for a while now… will give this method a go

  37. Sorry if it has already been asked. I tried to scroll thru comments but there are so many. Does one just keep using it? How do you clean it? Or do you just chuck it out? How long do you use it before cleaning or throwing away?

  38. Where or how does everyone store these

  39. Definitely going to be trying this. How disappointing that the beeswax comes in a plastic container though!!!

  40. Hi! I'm curious about the iron method on thicker fabric items such as heavy duty canvas bags. can you still put the beeswax on one side and fold? i guess i will have to do some experimenting, but curious if anyone else has experience?

  41. I saw some for sale and they suggested they have a life span of 6 months or so, can anyone advise please if this is correct or incorrect? I think I'll be making my own. Many thanks!

  42. Hi, how do you keep them clean?

  43. Gosh I almost bought 4 for $30. Bunnings sells wax for $5

  44. could you just dip into a heated pot of beeswax? ta

  45. How ironic that the beeswax to make these plastic-alternative wraps came packaged in plastic.

  46. Thank you so much for this video. I have now been using wraps in my house for a month or so and they are brilliant!

  47. I’m going to try this for my daughters school lunches, the tube wrap would be perfect for their lunches

  48. Great video Aannsha, thanks! 🙂

  49. How do you clean it though. Hot water would melt beeswax off.

  50. Thank you so much

  51. Would a heat gun work instead of parchment and an iron?

  52. Carolyn , I love all your videos do you have a book or books available for purchase ? I would love to put your knowledge of homesteading on my book shelves for future reference and for future generations .

  53. Another way to melt the wax, heat gun from the shed.

  54. For how long you can use it?

  55. Just for those complaining about plastic wrapping on beeswax, find a bee farm local to you they will sell you bricks of wax at a reasonable price, either no packaging or just thin cloth. You'd be surprised at how many local bee farmers you may have even if your in a city. I found my local bee farms wax greatly superior to the prior beeswax I had bought in a local store; it smelt better, was easier to handle and melted without residues. I don't know if additives are in the stuff on shelf I never looked into it, comparing the 2 types I would say store bought may contain extras :/

  56. Good practical advice thanks

  57. Bees wax is expensive here in Canada so made some anyway some video add some other oil and other stuff.

  58. Hi! I loved your video, should use only use a 100% cotton material?

  59. Nice video. The amount some people are charging for these easy to make wraps is very naughty. £13.99 in Oxfam at the moment

  60. Where I can buy the beewax?

  61. When I did this the beeswax broke, even being left out overnight. What am I doing wrong?

  62. Amazing video! I have a question, what kind of fabric did you use?

  63. How many grams of beeswax would you use for the first square of fabric you covered in the video? I want to purchase a block but I’m unsure on how much as I only want to make a few wraps x

  64. great video. where did you get your Bee Man wax block from?

  65. Thanks 🙏🏼😆

  66. Thanks for sharing! I saw these in my local health food store but I figured someone had probably done a YouTube tutorial, I can't wait to try.

  67. hey i realy found this video helpful thanks for showing me how

  68. hey awesome it realy helped me

  69. How​ do​ we​ clean​ the​ beewaxed cloth without​ removing the​ beewax?

  70. What a fantastic idea, I am going to make a few of these. How do you keep them clean?

  71. Amazing!! Thank youuu!

  72. You are so cute!!!!

  73. Thanks! Terrificly simple method

  74. Very helpful! I wanted to learn how to make these instead of buying them. Love your reuse of fabric too!

  75. Did you prefer the oven method or the ironing?

  76. I find it rather absurd to show how to make bee wraps to avoid using plastic wrap and buy the bee wax in a plastic container.
    But thanks for the video

  77. Hi im thinking of making these as xmas gifts this year. Was your fabric 100% cotton and how long would they last unused if you know. Id prob make them in Nov but just asking

  78. Roughly how long would one of these last if you used it daily? i.e for wrapping a sandwich. Thanks

  79. Would like to know where to get that beeswax

  80. I am so making these for Christmas gifts. Thanks heaps. Oh, and even if the wax is only available in a plastic container, I reckon it will save far more than that in cling wrap over the years quite handily.

  81. Thank you I was wondering how to make these👌👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻

  82. What are the duggestions for cleaning the food wraps? Thank you

  83. Very curious, are these bees wax napkins water proof?

  84. How amazing it that! I will definitely try it. Thank you so much for sharing!!!

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