DIY Reusable Cling Wrap

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DIY Reusable Cling Wrap

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

DSCN5003Pick out some pretty fabric. I had some leftover from a previous project. I like the pattern on it, not just because it’s pretty, but also because it’s easy to cut out without needing to measure.

DSCN5006Next, using pinking shears, cut out some pieces of fabric. They can be any size or shape. I made a couple of basic rectangles.

DSCN5007Melt 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.

DSCN5008Now, 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.

DSCN5013If there are any lumps or clumps of wax on the surface, use a credit card or some other straight-edged object and carefully scrape the excess wax off.

DSCN5014Voila! You now officially have reusable cling wrap!

DSCN5016To 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.

DSCN5019To 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.

DSCN5018To store the cling wrap, fold it up and tuck it away in a drawer.

DSCN5054Here’s a sheet used to wrap up a block of cheese.

If the wax ever starts to wear off, just melt some more and dunk the bare spots of fabric.

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For more tips on DIY cling wrap, check out Nourishing Joy’s post about it (she also has a neat book chock full of DIY pantry ideas!).



    • I actually keep a glass dish especially for things like melting wax or lotions so I don’t have to worry about that, lol. But to clean it, I keep melting it in the microwave and wiping it out with an old rag/washcloth then any excess that remains I scrape it off. It is a bit of pain. :-)

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