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Make your own beeswax cloths

Make beeswax cloths yourself

Homemade beeswax wipes are a plastic-free alternative to cling film and aluminum foil. Cling film is usually only used for a few hours and then thrown in the trash. This creates a lot of plastic waste. You can make the beeswax wipes yourself - and without much effort.

How easy you can make beeswax wipes yourself, you will learn in this article.

  1. Reasons
  2. Method 1
  3. Method 2
  4. Use
  5. Washing
  6. Living plastic-free - What you should basically do

What are beeswax wipes actually good for?

You can use a beeswax cloth to cover food or wrap a sandwich, for example. These are not only free of any plastic, but also look much better and are eternal. reusable and washable.

Beeswax cloths can be reused for a very long time and if they do break, simply throw them in the compost. Alternatively, you can also buy beeswax cloths in the organic market or online. However, as already mentioned, you can also easily make beeswax cloths yourself.

I'm going to show you how it works.

Homemade beeswax cloth make your own - method 1

Make your own beeswax cloths

With the following instructions you can make beeswax cloths yourself:

For the beeswax cloths you need:

As a cloth you can take, for example, an old T-shirt. This should be made of cotton and not too thick. Simply cut it to a sufficiently large shape.

You can get beeswax at the beekeeper or at the drugstore. Alternatively, you can also use old candle remnants. However, these should be made of beeswax and not candle wax.

And this is how you make the beeswax cloths yourself:

  1. Cut out a medium size square from the old cotton t-shirt, depending on what size you want.
  2. Place the cut out fabric on a baking tray lined with baking paper.
  3. Now sprinkle the beeswax over the fabric and add a few drops of oil. Then place another piece of baking paper over the fabric.
  4. Now iron the whole thing carefully. The wax should become liquid over time. If there are any bare spots left on the cloth, you can sprinkle some more beeswax on the said spots and iron it over again.
  5. At the end, let the wax soak in briefly. Then you can use it directly. By the way, beeswax cloths are also suitable as a gift for friends and family.

Homemade beeswax cloth make your own - method 2

Make beeswax cloths yourself

There's a second great way to make your own beeswax towels.

For the beeswax cloths you need:

And this is how you make the beeswax cloths yourself:

  1. Boil the beeswax in a water bath.
  2. Place the cut out fabric on a plate.
  3. Then take the brush, dip it into the beeswax and use it to coat the cotton fabric.
  4. Let it dry.

Properly use homemade beeswax cloth

If you have made your own beeswax cloth, you can then use it to make for fruit, vegetables, sandwiches and other dishes use. Only for hot food the beeswax cloths are not suitable. The cloths should also not be used for raw meat. For onions, you should also make an extra beeswax cloth yourself, because the smell of the onion can stick to the beeswax cloth very strongly.

How to clean the homemade beeswax cloth?

To clean the beeswax cloth, simply use warm water and a little dishwashing liquid and gently wipe it clean. If at any point the beeswax cloth doesn't feel quite as supple, you can simply repeat the process with a little wax. How you can also use the Make dishwashing liquid yourself you can find out in the separate article.

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Quite simply make beeswax wipes yourself

Beeswax cloths you can easily make yourself. You save, completely in the sense of the Zero Waste Lifestyle, save a lot of waste. Plus, they can be recycled. If you handle them well, you'll have something from the pretty cloths for years. By the way, you can also use them Wrap gifts plastic free.

Homemade beeswax wipes are really quick-make and practical alternatives to aluminum foil and cling film. You don't have time to make the cloths yourself? Then you can also just order beeswax wipes here.

What other sustainable alternative to cling film do you know? Have you ever tried to make beeswax wipes yourself? Then leave me a comment with your experiences.

All love,

Tabea CareElite

PS: In the DIY blog of CareElite you can be inspired by many other DIY ideas. Feel free to try out the tutorial that you can use to make your own Make toothpaste yourself simply by following your heart.

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Hey, I'm Tabea. A few years ago I became aware of the plastic and waste problem on our planet and since then I've been trying to actively work towards making our planet cleaner again. It's a long way to the goal, but I believe that even with the small everyday things you can change the world for the better. :)

6 thoughts on “Bienenwachstücher selber machen”

  1. Hello,
    I am currently sitting near a beekeeper who said that it is very difficult (and expensive) to get a pure beeswax. Rather possible at the beekeeper if he is willing to give away his beeswax (he himself does not sell any). What is in the drugstore is very likely not free of pollutants & co...which in turn can transform in the food packed with it (for example, quite easily with greasy food). So, that's not the solution yet....

  2. Hi Christoph,
    Find your contributions absolutely top. Many thanks for it.
    However, I am unsure about beeswax and vegan, since honey is taboo.
    Do vegans use the wax?
    VG Martina

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