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How to Care for Reusable Food Wrap

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Beeswax Wraps Care Instructions

Are you thinking about making the switch to beeswax wraps but you’re wondering how to care for reusable food wrap. You’ll find all the answers you need to know right here!

Reusable food wrap is typically made using beeswax, which is why some people also call it beeswax wrap. It’s an excellent sustainable option for storing leftovers in your kitchen.

Related: Easy Ways to Create a Zero Waste Kitchen

If you’re looking for some easy ways to reduce plastic use, one simple switch you can make is to choose reusable food wrap over plastic food wrap. You can learn more about reusable food wrap and how to use it here. However, if you’re wondering how to make it last as long as possible, you’re in the right spot.

If you haven’t picked up your reusable food wrap yet or you’re looking for some new beautiful designs, here are several great options to consider:

You can also take a look at this list of the best beeswax wraps. I’ve used all of these wraps in my kitchen, so I can personally vouch for their quality and durability.

All of the sets have three convenient sizes, so you’ll always find the one you need. They’re also made with ethically sourced and quality ingredients, including organic cotton. Be sure to check out this post if you’re wondering why I encourage everyone to use organic cotton.

Best of all, all options come from some of the best zero waste online shops, which means you know you’re getting a truly sustainable product that’s better for the environment.

Don’t forget you can also make your own homemade beeswax food wraps. Once you get your wraps, you’re ready to learn everything you need to know about how to care for reusable food wrap.

How to Clean Reusable Food Wrap

If you used your reusable food wrap to cover a bowl and it hasn’t gotten dirty, you can simply fold it up and store it until the next time you need to use it. On the other hand, if your reusable food wrap is dirty, you’ll need to wash it.

The key to washing reusable food wrap is to use cool water and a biodegradable soap.

Related: The Best Biodegradable Dish Soap

You want to use cool water because hot water can cause the beeswax to melt. Additionally, beeswax is soluble in alcohol. If your soap lists alcohol as one of the first five ingredients or the label doesn’t list the ingredients at all, you’ll want to switch to something milder.

After you clean your reusable food wrap, you can either hang it up to let it air-dry or pat it down with a towel.

How to Store Reusable Food Wrap

When you’re ready to store your reusable food wrap, you have several options. You can fold it up and place it in a cabinet, roll it up and place it in a drawer, or keep it in a basket on your counter.

The nice thing about reusable food wrap is that it doesn’t require any type of special storage.

Can You Freeze Beeswax Wraps?

Not only can you refrigerate reusable food wrap, but it can also help you keep foods fresh in the freezer for up to three weeks.

Related: How to Freeze Food Without Using Plastic

When reusable food wrap gets cold, it hardens into place. If you’re having a hard time unwrapping it when you take it out of the freezer, don’t put it in the microwave or oven. The heat will cause the beeswax to melt.

Instead, simply let it sit out on the counter for a few minutes to let the natural room temperature start to soften it, or hold it in your hands for a minute so your body heat can soften it.

How Long Will Reusable Food Wrap Last?

With proper care, you can expect your reusable food wrap to last for up to a year. You’ll know your beeswax wrap has reached the end of its useful lifespan if it has problems sticking to itself.

What Do I Do With Worn Out Reusable Food Wrap?

With plastic food wrap, you use it once and then throw it away. However, that’s not the case with reusable food wrap.

Since beeswax wraps contain only natural ingredients, you can either cut them into strips and toss them on your compost pile or use them as a natural fire starter.

How to Care for Reusable Food Wrap

Now that you know how to care for reusable food wrap, you can make it last for as long as possible. Not only does this help you save the environment, but it also saves you money since you don’t have to keep buying single-use plastic wrap.

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