Ah vegan wax. What can’t it do? It grows quickly, it’s cheap, it doesn’t harm anyone. How do I love thee? Let me count the ways, soy.
Soy wax is one of my favorite ingredients to use. I use it in some senseless things such as wax melts but I also make my own candle, cosmetics and wax wraps. Yes, you heard me, wax wraps.
My readers have had a bit of a hard time finding soy in their areas that is food grade, 100% soy! Please beware that not all wax blends are pure, food grade soy! So to combat this, I have added an alternative wax wrap! Soy free and easy to find food grade! That is carnuaba wax! I use the exact same recipe for both!
Move over plastic wrap, fabric wax wraps are the new boss in town.
It is a simple thing to make. You just melt the wax and soak your fabric. Vegan wax, just like bees wax but without the hard work of the little bees.
*Additional Wax NOT necessary! You can make these with 100% soy (food grade of course) But for me, adding the oil gives it a bit of flex that I love!*
Carnuaba wax is a VERY hard wax and must be blended with oil to give that flex you need! Depending on the hardness of your carnuaba wax, you may need to work with the measurements a bit. I find that almost equal parts, heavy on the oil, brings a great result to my wraps.
I prefer using grape seed oil as the oil. It’s extremely high in Vitamin E!
If it’s too stiff or too sticky (which may Happen. Waxes do differ in Hardness Depending on where and how it’s made) Just melt a new batch and Re-soak your fabric. No biggie!
To use, you want your wax wraps to have some bend. Not too stiff, not too sticky.
Of course, avoid heat when using these. Just like plastic wrap, bad things happen when it comes into contact with heat.
1) How long to wax wraps last?
Most people don’t even think of this, but evey wax wrap have a shelf life, in their own way. These are made with natural materials without preservatives and touching food a lot of the time. Just be aware how you store them, keep them clean and check often for signs of spoilage. One sign is a strong smell! With proper care, you can prevent this and your wraps can easily last a year with good care!
In the event of damage, the Best way to Re-wax your wraps is to put them in the oven on a silicone mat. Heat just until he wax melts. When cool enough to touch, squeeze as much was as you can out. Now you can wash these by hand using hot water and soap. Then, simply re-wax those bad boys for continued life.
If you have any doubts, throw it out. You can always strip your fabric
and make again! Just be sure you are doing all of this with proper sanitation!
2) How can I use these?
So many ways! I use them to literally wrap my food for the family’s lunches! We also use them in replacement of plastic wrap. We cover bowls, cups, and any container without a lid. We also are able to wrap left over fruit and veggies! I even used one to transport garlic from the garden to a friend and was shocked that my wax wrap didn’t hold the scent.
You do not just use wax wraps for food! I use them for all kinds of things!
3) How do we clean them?
With mild soap soap and COLD water. Remember, any heat or harsh soap will damage the waxes. It’s not recommended to use any wax wraps with meat or other highly germ prone items. Remember to always wash well! Sanitation is key!
4) What sizes do we need?
Since you are making these yourself, you can make them any size you want! If you want to cover a casserole dish, measure just a bit larger than your dish and boom! You have your own custom made wax wrap in the making.
I have some very small, good for left over fruits and veg and covering cups! It’s all about what size you need. You decide!
5) Can wax wraps be frozen?
YES. I have used mine in the freezer! The only problem, thaw time. Your wax wraps need to fully come to room temperature or you risk wax bits cracking. I love using smaller ones on top of cups of unfinished smoothies. I can actually pop them off of flat top cups and let them come to room temp while I’m already enjoying my breakfast!
6) Can I use any wax?
Sure, it just depends how you used them.
Wax wraps can be used for a variety of different reasons. Just be sure that whatever you use with food is food safe. Most candle waxes (including soy and bees wax) are NOT intended to be used with food. Be sure to do your due diligence! Above I did say 100% soy and food grade, make sure your wax is pure and intended for food contact!
And there ya have it! I know my vegan wraps went through a very popular moment last summer (2017) when I brought some dishes to a gathering. Everyone wanted to know just how I made them! Because guess what? Not only do they save big money, they are also really cute!
*THANK YOU to a viewer for pointing on which wax should be used!
Be sure your soy wax is 100% pure and safe for food contact!*
Love and let me count the ways,
The Smart Girl in Pants
The Smart Girl in Pants