I’ve recently noticed some new products put out there by several green retailers. Essentially, it’s cloth with wax on it. And, unfortunately, a majority of these companies WAY overcharge to sell their cloth with wax on it–as super neat as they may be.
Well, since I had some beeswax on hand, and some spare pieces of fabric, I decided why not try to make my own cling wrap utilizing this same wax-on-cloth concept? So I did.
The result? AWESOME! The wax-covered pieces of fabric are beautiful, easy to use, easy to wash, and work like a charm. I am very happy with how my experiment turned out!
Now, on to the tutorial. Here’s how I did it.
What You’ll Need
- fabric (I used cotton; other types of absorbable fabric might work, but I can only guarantee cotton as that’s what I used)
- pinking shears
- beeswax (either pellets or bars that have been shredded)
- a glass container
- heat-resistant tongs
What You Do
Melt an ounce or two of wax in a glass container. You can melt them over water on the stove (making a double boiler), in the oven, or in the microwave. I just used the microwave. Be careful when you pull it out–it’ll be HOT.
Now, using heat resistant tongs, dunk the fabric in the hot, melted wax. Get every last bit of the fabric wet with wax. Once it’s soaked, pull it out and hold it up for a minute or two to let the wax dry (I don’t even think it took a full minute for mine). Be careful not to let any of the fabric overlap onto itself while its drying.
To put your cling wrap piece to use, press it semi-firmly around the edges of leftover containers. It molds around the container, partially melting with the help of your hands’ warmth, and forms an airtight seal. You can also use them to wrap food directly–they mold to the shape of whatever you’re covering.
To wash the reusable cling wrap, use cold water and mild dish soap. Be careful not to scrub it else the wax might scrub off and avoid using warm or hot water as they can melt the wax off. And, obviously, don’t run it through the dishwasher or the washing machine.
If the wax ever starts to wear off, just melt some more and dunk the bare spots of fabric.