How to clean and maintain your reusable beeswax wraps?
Taking care of your beeswax wraps is pretty simple and straightforward. There’s no need for an elaborate cleaning method to maintain them. While beeswax wraps are durable, taking good care of them can make them last for at least a year.
How to wash your beeswax wraps?
It only takes a few minutes to wash your beeswax wraps. You only need a soft washing brush, dish soap and cold water. Remember to always use cold water because hot water may ruin your beeswax wraps rendering them unusable. Make a cleaning solution using dish soap and cold water. Soak the wrap into the mixture and rub the soft brush gently into the beeswax wrap. You can also use a sponge if you do not have a soft brush. Never machine wash your beeswax wraps.
Using the oven to refresh your reusable wraps
Over time after continued use, your beeswax wraps start to wear out and cracks begin to appear. Do not panic. This is normal. You can refresh your beeswax wraps by popping them into the oven. The heat inside the oven will remelt and distribute the wax evenly and your beeswax wrap will be good as new.
You need a big tray or baking sheet so you can spread the entire beeswax wrap on it. Cover the tray with baking paper before putting it into the oven. For bigger wraps, you may have to fold them.
Start by preheating the oven to 60 degrees. Place the tray in the middle shelf and heat the wrap for about three minutes. Remove the tray and use the edges of the wrap to grab it. Be careful and always wear something to protect your hands like an oven mit because at this point, the wax is too hot to handle with your bare hands and might burn your fingers. Next, leave the wrap for a couple of seconds and this way, the wax will be able to dry fast.
Remember, do not use a gas oven as the wax is highly flammable which will cause your wrap to burn.
Using a flat iron
Another way to refresh your beeswax wrap is using a flat iron. Preheat the iron to the highest temperature first without putting the steam on. Next, you need at least 2 sheets of baking paper that are 2 inches wider than the wrap. The baking paper needs to be bigger than the wrap so that the wrap can be pushed out while you are ironing.
Iron your beeswax wrap with the baking paper on top. Make sure to iron the edges and all the corners. Never hold the iron for too long in one place as this might burn the wax, the paper or the wrap. Once done, remove the paper and hold the wrap using the corners. Next, loft it until the wax dries and is ready to be used again.
Using a refresher block
Using a refresher block method is ideal for beeswax wraps that have exposed fabrics and that have waxes that are already worn out. It is the same as the iron method with the only difference is that the wax is grated from refresh block to the areas where the wax are already worn out. Grate the beeswax on the missing parts, cover it and iron. The next steps are done in the same way as the previous refreshing method.
The aforementioned tips and steps for taking care of your beeswax wraps can be done under a couple of minutes but there are few things to keep in mind. First, never wash it with warm water so that the wax will not melt. Next, do not use gas oven so as not to burn your beeswax wraps. Remember that if you look after your wraps and take good care of them, you will be able to extend their lives and be able to use it for a longer period of time.
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