Beeswax wraps are eco-friendly alternatives to plastic food containers and cling film. They’re made from natural ingredients like beeswax and jojoba oil which make them great for wrapping fruits, sandwiches and vegetables. However, it is highly recommended not to use them to wrap raw meat because you can’t use hot water to clean and sanitise the wrap. Cleaning your wrap properly and regularly can make them last for at least a year. But how long do they last?
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How long will your beeswax wraps last for?
How long do reusable wax wraps last? Well, that all depends on how often you use them and how well you look after them. But the general consensus is that if you use them regularly but look after them well you will be able to use them for about a year.
However, if you like you can refresh your wraps using a refresher block and an iron or a few minutes in the oven, making them good as new as often as you like, which massively extends their lifespan.
Another point to make it not just about how long they last in your kitchen. Once your wax wraps have come to the end of their useful life, whether that ‘s 6 months, a year, two years or more, they are made from natural materials which can be composted, or you can cut them into strips and twist them into excellent firelighters. This is in stark contrast to clingfilm which you can use once and cannot recycle so, therefore, is destined to end up in landfill, or worse our oceans, for hundreds of years.
How to make your wraps last as long as possible
1. Don ‘t wash them more than you need to.
We seem to live in a culture where everything has to be washed after every use. But look at them first. If you have a bowl of salad in the fridge and the wrap hasn ‘t even come in contact with the food do you really need to wash it?
The same applies to our clothes, they will also last longer if you wash them less. How often do you put something in the wash after wearing it once regardless of whether it ‘s dirty or not? And even our bodies are happier not being constantly cleaned.
2. Clean them gently, using lukewarm/cool water, and allow them to air dry.
If you wash your wax wraps with hot water it will melt the wax and you can wash it off. It ‘s why they don ‘t like the dishwasher either.
And be careful where you dry them. The kitchen tap might seem like the ideal place but if you then use the hot tap it will melt the wax, I know, I have done this.
3. Warm them in your hands a little before you mould them.