How long does a beeswax wrap last?
A Beeswax wrap used for lunch boxes every day coming home needing a proper soap wash because of mayonnaise or avocado on the surface will last around a year.
If you are keeping veggies or cheese in the fridge and not needing to wash it so often it will last much longer even two or three years. It all comes down to the number of times you wash it, and how gently you manage to do that.
Every time you wash your beeswax wrap it will wear a little wax away, so here are our top tips for a perfect wash that will keep your wraps reusable for many months.
At Apiwraps we have perfected our beeswax compound that we used to create beeswax wraps adjusting for the different qualities of beeswax which depend on which flowers the bees have visited that season. Every batch of wax is different, so some wraps can be a little more brittle and others a little more soft, and we accommodate t as best we can in the compound making process. Your beeswax wraps are made from natural materials, so there can even be some differences in the cotton itself!
When you see any cracks or peeling wax it’s time for a little maintenance. You can recondition your reusable beeswax wraps as frequently as you like, the wax will thank you for it. You can find out all about how to do the reconditioning process here
You’ll know your Apiwraps have started to wear out when they don’t seal anymore no matter how much you warm them. After that they can be used as a pastry mat for rolling out cookie dough or they can be taken to the shed to wrap steel tools and keep them from rusting. Old Apiwraps can be super helpful in opening stuck jar lids.
If no use can be found for an old Apiwrap they can be shredded and put into your home compost bin. Being cotton and natural materials they make great food for worms, they will take a a few months to break down.