Beeswax Wrap Cleaning
Did you know that beeswax wraps have a natural antibacterial property that helps fruit, vegetables, baked goods, and cheese stay fresh longer? Let’s take a look at proper bees wrap cleaning, to ensure safe and healthy food and extend the life of your eco-friendly wrap!
TIP #1 Be Informed
What is a beeswax wrap: A beeswax food storage wrap is commonly made of all-natural, biodegradable ingredients, such as organic cotton fabric, beeswax, pine gum resin, and plant oils. Eliminating plastic waste from our planet takes all of us working together, and these new food storage habits can happen one day at a time. By using beeswax wrap, you’re on the road to reducing plastic waste for good.
How it works: The wrap is insulated and breathable, which makes it perfect for covering rising bread dough and fermented foods. Best yet – it clings to itself (but not the food) for easy use! It can also be used to cover frozen food in the freezer for up to one month. In the fridge or freezer, the wrap becomes stiff and holds its new shape. Once you take it out to room temperature, it will soften. And… you can compost it when you are finished with it!
Tip #2 Cleaning
Clean and rinse: Proper beeswax wrap cleaning works with these three easy steps:
- Shake off any crumbs or loose particles over the rubbish bin or food waste disposer. Also make sure you have a nice clean sink to wash them in.
- Simply use cool or lukewarm water from the tap and wash both sides with a drop of mild detergent with your hands or a very soft cloth. Stay away from any harsh brushes so you do not wear out the beeswax coating needlessly.
- Rinse the beeswax wrap with cool or lukewarm (do not use hot) water and hang up to drip dry or lay flat on a clean dish drying mat. Do not wring out the wrap.
Storing properly: Once the wrap is dry, scrunch it up to activate the whole wrap. Afterwards, fold it up like you would a towel and store in a drawer, on a shelf, or in a basket. Put your beeswax wraps somewhere handy for easy use.
Tip #3 Creating an eco-friendly kitchen
Take care of your wraps: Knowing how to clean a beeswax wrap is so much more than just literally cleaning one! Taking care of your beeswax wraps this way, and avoiding any heat sources will help your wraps last for up to two years! Over time, the wax will slowly start to break down or flake off a little. This is normal and you can still continue to use the wraps. If your beeswax wraps start looking tired, you can also refresh them by melting the wax ever so slightly in a warm toaster oven for a few minutes on a silicone baking mat.
We hope you enjoyed our tips on how to clean a beeswax wrap the right way. Don’t forget to check out our other kitchen-related tips such as how to set cutlery, how to get rid of a fish smell in the kitchen, and how to clean a microwave.
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