Try Waxed Fabric Before You Use Plastic Cling Wrap Again

Waxed fabric, like Bee’s Wrap, is a piece of fabric that has had a thin, even layer of wax melted into it. This makes the fabric almost completely waterproof and a little stiff. Yet the fabric is still breathable. 

Bee’s Wrap. The first dedicated eco-friendly product someone gifted me. 

These qualities make this product a great alternative to replace plastic wrap and plastic baggies. 

Bee’s Wrap came in a paper envelope instead of a plastic one. (Yeah!) It was more expensive than I expected but I wanted to try it out so I asked for it as a gift.  I don’t normally use plastic wrap but I use plastic sandwich bags to store half cut vegetables like cucumbers or half an apple.  I wanted to see if this could reduce the number of plastic bags I used.

Here is my experience with this specific brand of waxed fabric. 

The Good. 

  • It’s versatile. You can use it to wrap up anything. I used it to wrap up a small piece of rice crispy treat for over a week. Worked great!
  • It works well in the fridge or at room-temp
  • It’s easy to store. It folds flat and takes up almost no room when not in use.
  • It works better the longer you use it. The first time I tried it I almost gave up. Luckily, I kept going because the more you use it the more flexible the fabric becomes.
  • It’s an easy transition from plastic wrap

When I first opened the envelope, I noticed there was a scent to the waxed fabric.  It was the scent of wax.  It was not strong but I could smell it.  I am happy to report that even the rice crispy treat I wrapped in this waxed fabric did not take up the scent.  So don’t be put-off by the smell.  It’s natural and doesn’t seem to transfer to food.

The first test was to cover a half cut cucumber.  Normally, I would put the cucumber into a plastic baggie and back into the veggie drawer.  

But on this day I got to use my brand new BeesWrap waxed fabric to cover it. 

Here is what I learned. 

It’s not plastic wrap.  It will not cling to the item because it’s not electrically charged like cling wrap often is when it comes off the roll.   This is both a benefit and a challenge. 

Don’t you hate it when you tear off that cling wrap and it instantly attaches to itself and then you spend the next 45 seconds trying to un-cling it from itself before eventually giving up and tossing it into the trash?

Well, waxed fabric doesn’t do that.  It patiently waits while you use the heat from your hand to press the wrap together. 

I found it difficult for the waxed fabric to ‘seal’ to anything but itself.  Because I was used to the idea of cling wrap, I became frustrated when it would just fall off the item when I put it in the fridge.  The ‘seal’ seems to release a little when chilled (it has to do with physics but I won’t bore you with that information.) I found it works better when you twist the excess edges onto itself  and pinch. It creates a tighter ‘seal’. 

Tip #1For a tighter seal, you need to lay the wrap over the item and then twist the excess sides of the BeesWrap until it’s tight, then use the heat from your hands to ‘seal’ the edges to itself.   a collection of 5 photo graphs of a cucumber being wrapped in waxed paper. The result is that some of the cucumber end dried out.  No biggie, I cut a small slice off and it was as good as new.  See? 

Caring for the product is different than throwing away a plastic bag so get ready to do a little extra work.  Here is where the transition comes into play.  The care instructions are specific to help you with this.

Tip #2 – Don’t wash in Hot water.   I washed in in hot tap water and some of the wax began to peel away. The care instructions warn you of this but I forgot.  Whoops! Luckily, for me, the BeesWax wrap wasn’t ruined.

Here are the things you’ll need to know to make the transition, from plastic cling wrap to natural waxed fabric…

  • You can’t wash it in the dishwasher – You can use soap but absolutely not hot water. Hot water melts the wax and then all you’re left with is a piece of fabric.
  • There is a technique to make it work better. Twist the fabric together on the sides.  You’re now a waxed fabric pro.
  • It has a scent. It’s not bad but it’s just the scent of wax. Some people might think it’s not clean if there is a scent. It’s just not true with this product.  And the scent dissapates after using. 
  • It can stain. I used it to cover a watermelon and now part of the wrap has a pink hue.  It gives a little character to my BeesWax wrap. 🙂 

I hope you’ll try it out and let me know what you use your waxed fabric for in your kitchen or on-the-go.


*This review is my opinion, based on my experience with this product. This review is not affiliated with or sponsored by any company or organization.  I may receive a small commission from the links in the post. 

 

 

 

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  1. Derek Dewitt

    I am making an effort to be more green in my house, so I’ve considered getting an alternative to plastic wrap like this. I like your point about how waxed fabric works at cold and room temperatures. This sounds ideal for storing leftovers in. I will have to find some cloth that can be reused like this so I can cutback on plastic waste.

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