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How to Care for Your Beeswax Wraps

Looking to play your part in conserving our planet as you start your annual Spring cleaning? It can be a daunting task but you can always start by making small changes in your home. If you would like to cut down on single-use plastics you can switch to reusable beeswax food wraps to preserve food instead of using clingfilm. 

Beeswax wraps are an ideal substitute for clingfilm. Unlike clingfilm that cannot be recycled, beeswax wraps can last for up to one year and are biodegradable, preventing any form of ecological damage. Moreover, Millbee wraps have a breathable quality, unlike clingfilm which suffocates your food. This means your food is kept fresher for longer! 

One question we often asked is "How do you wash and care for beeswax wraps?"

To answer this question, here are a few tips on how to care for your wraps and make them last longer.

  • Clean Gently

Beeswax wraps cannot be placed in dishwashers or washed in hot water. Wash them gently using cold water or submerge them in a sink filled with mild soapy water. Scrubbing too hard might peel off the wax.

  • Dry & Store

In case you need to use your beeswax food wrap right away after washing it, dry with a towel. If not, you can let it drip dry naturally. Store them in a dry, clean and enclosed space to avoid direct sunlight or any form of heated surfaces.

  • Avoid Oil and Sauce Stains

It is highly recommended that you keep beeswax wraps away from certain sauces and oils to avoid staining them. If you are covering a bowl of oil-based foods leave a gap between the food and wrap so the food is not directly touching your wrap.

Restoring Your Beeswax Wraps

Wondering how to revive your beeswax wraps if the wax starts to crinkle or flake off a little? For an instant remedy, re-melt the wax in an oven to smoothen crinkled beeswax reusable wraps. Make sure that your oven is on low heat to prevent damaging the wraps. Place your wrap on some parchment paper on a tray. This may take just one minute so keep an eye on your wrap. You just want to remelt the wax! Remove from the oven and quickly grab the two top corners with your fingers (be careful you don't burn your fingers) and wave to air dry. 

Wear and Tear

Frays, stains and rumples on your beeswax wraps are signs of a well-used wrap. However, our wraps have a pinking edge which means they are less likely to fray compared to straight-edged wraps. If you wish to clean stubborn stains without scraping off some wax from your wrap, use these amazing cleaning products from Lilly’s Eco Cleaning range. Some foods with strong colors such as turmeric and beetroot stains are difficult to avoid! 

Nevertheless, refreshing and cleaning your wraps is very simple and with a little care, your beeswax wraps will last longer.

Learn more about Millbee's Irish made beeswax wraps here!

 

March 03, 2020 — Jennifer Doyle

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