completed food wrap

Homemade Reusable Food Wrap

food bowl with reusable food wrap

Making this non-plastic reusable food wrap seems like a fabulous idea to me on so many levels. First, there is the benefit to the environment. Second, you cut down on the amount of plastic that comes into contact with your food. Third, you can cut down on the amount of plastic wrap you buy. Fourth and probably most important, you get to pick out pretty fabric to make it out of. What’s to lose?

Should I just buy Reusable food wrap?

If you don’t have the time or desire to make your own reusable food wrap, there is one the market called Bees Wrap. It is made with organic cotton, organic beeswax, pine rosin gum and Jojoba oil and uses the heat of your hands to mold to your container. It is awesome, but it is a bit pricey. You get just three pieces for about $19. When you think of how much food wrap you could make for that, and what cute fabric you could choose, why not?

Once I decided that I wanted to make my own reusable food wrap, I scoured the internet looking for a good tutorial on making my own reusable food wrap. There are MANY tutorials! Most only use beeswax, however. The problem with this method is that the wrap doesn’t cling to your container and must be fastened with a rubber band or string. I want my wrap to be easy to use and to be pretty to look at. No rubber bands! The best tutorial I found online was from one of my favorite bloggers, Mommypotamus. She uses the same ingredients as Bees Wrap uses in her tutorial, so that fact combined with the fact that everything she posts on her site is awesome, I tried hers out.  My needs were a bit different then hers, however, so I tweaked her method to suit my needs. I was very happy with the results, and I think you will be too.

 

A couple of things to keep in mind before you make your food wrap:

completed food wrap

1. You want organic ingredients because this will be touching your food. Even the cotton should be organic. “But, Chelsea, can’t I just wash regular cotton a bunch to get the pesticides out?” This is a valid question. I wondered the same and researched it. First, cotton is one of the most heavily sprayed crops. Second, it is not just the fabric, but also the dyes that contain harmful chemicals. So, it’s your choice, of course, but I opted for organic. I found a large variety of Mommypotomus gives specific amounts of ingredients for certain sizes of food wrap. I wanted many different shapes and sizes of fabric because I was not only making these for myself, but also friends and family. Although I have taught math in the past, it still is not one of my favorite subjects. I didn’t want to do the calculations for each separate size and shape, so I created a work around. I actually did it two different ways. Both are listed below and both worked equally well. I prefer method 2, but it uses a couple more supplies to get the job done. Choose whatever seems easiest to you.

3. Because this wrap is cared for care for with warm water and mild soap, you won’t want to wrap a hunk of raw meat in it. It is excellent for most other food uses though! 

What you will need:

  1. Organic Beeswax (I used pellets)
  2. Pine Rosin Gum
  3. Organic Jojoba Oil
  4. Organic cotton fabric
  5. Scissors (preferably pinking shears to avoid fraying)
  6. Unused paintbrush
  7. Parchment paper
  8. Somewhere to dry your food wrap
  9. It is helpful, but not necessary to have a Mister Misto Sprayer for method 2.

To begin you should wash and dry your fabric. You will want to iron and cut it as well. Once you have your fabric prepped, cover your baking sheets with parchment. Preheat your oven to 225 degrees Fahrenheit and lay out your first piece of fabric on your baking sheet.

reusable food wrap on drying rack

Method 1: In a bowl that you do not love (it might get ruined from the pine rosin), mix your bees wax pellets, (or shavings if you grated a bar) pine rosin, and Jojoba oil. For my first round, I used 1/4 cup beeswax pellets, 1/4 cup pine rosin gum, and 3 tablespoons + 1 teaspoon jojoba oil. (I ended up doing a few more rounds because I did a ton of these for Christmas gifts.)  Spread this mixture over your fabric. Be sure to get the edges! Pop your baking try into the oven. Melting everything well took about 10 minutes in my oven, but for the first few, keep checking on them from time to time to see how they are doing. Once everything has melted, take your tray out of the oven and use the paint brush to spread it all around. Again, get those edges! Pop your tray back into the oven for another minute or two. Next, pull your tray out of the oven. Use tongs to lift your wrap from the baking sheet and set on a drying rack, a clothes line, or even a towel rack to dry. It only takes a few minutes. Repeat to make as many sheets of reusable food wrap as you like!  

completed food wrap

Method 2: This method uses a spray bottle and a shaker. I used the Mister Misto, but you could reuse an old spray bottle. For the shaker, I used a kitchen shaker that I have for powdered sugar. If you don’t have one, take a jar and put foil on the lid. Then poke holes in the foil with a scewer or safely pin. This works as a great shaker!  Once you have your prepped fabric on your parchment lined baking tray, spray your fabric with the Jojoba oil. Make sure you get the corners! The Jojoba oil keeps the wrap flexible, so you don’t want to miss the edges. Next, use your fingers to sprinkle the bees wax over your fabric, being sure to get it into the corners. Then, use your shaker of pine rosin gum to shake a nice layer all over the fabric. See photo. Next, pop your baking try into the oven. Melting everything well took about 10 minutes in my oven, but for the first few, keep checking on them from time to time to see how they are doing. Once everything has melted, take your tray out of the oven and use the paint brush to spread it all around. Again, get those edges! Pop your tray back into the oven for another minute or two. Next, pull your tray out of the oven. Use tongs to lift your wrap from the baking sheet and set on a drying rack, a clothes line, or even a towel rack to dry. It only takes a few minutes. Now you are ready to make as many sheets of reusable food wrap as you like!  

 

So, what do you think? Are you going to try it? If you do, let me know how it goes!

 

 

Homemade Essential Oil Roll-ons

Essential Oil Roll-ons (Homemade)

These essential oil roll-ons are some of our favorite tools we have around the house for keeping healthy or recoverving from illness quickly. We also put essential oils in diffusers throughout the house, but the rollers are particularly when handy away from home and our diffusers. Essential oil roll-ons are convenient because the essential oils are already diluted to the appropriate amount with a carrier oil. Some oils are considered “hot” which means you should not apply them directly to the skin without first diluting them. When you have a roller made up, all you have to do is give a light shake and apply whenever they are needed.

To use your essential oil roll-ons:

You can apply these to the spine or the bottoms of the feet. I usually do Immune Boom and Germ Destroyer on my kids spines (especially the base). We use Immune Boom daily during the cold and flu season or if we hear of something going around. We all use the Germ Destroyer roll on if one of us is starting to get sick. We also do a night time roller with magnesium oil, aloe, and calming essential oils on the bottoms of their feet.

What you need to make essential oil roll-ons:

cropped essential oil roll=ons

First: Check the dilution rate on the back of the bottle. If there isn’t one, use the most cautious dilution rate. Here is a dilution chart. My bottle of Immune Boom states to use a 1-3% dilution rate for topical application. Most bottles will state the same. 1% dilution is 6 drops per ounce and 3% dilution is 20 drops. My bottles are 10 milliliters, which is about a third of an ounce. Therefore, I can use anywhere from 2-6 drops per bottle. This may not seem like much, but essential oils are very powerful, especially if you are buying high quality oils such as those by Rocky Mountain Oils and Plant Therapy. Remember that more is not necessarily better when it comes to essential oils. This brings up another important point. At this rate, it will take you quite a while to go through your bottles of essential oils. They should be stored in the fridge! I didn’t know this for years. I thought they lasted forever. As it happens, some oils will keep for years, but some, such as lemon, only last about a year! Keep this in mind when purchasing and go for the smaller bottles unless it is something you know you will be using all the time.

Second: Add your carrier oil. 10 milliliters is equal to a little over two teaspoons, so I put two teaspoons of fractionated coconut oil into my bottle with a tiny funnel, dropped 6 drops of my synergy blend in, popped the roller top on and Voila! Easy as pie.

Some of my favorite roll-ons we use are Immune Boom (Plant Therapy, Kid Safe collection),  Germ Destroyer (Plant therapy, Kid Safe collection) and Nighty Night (Plant Therapy, Kid Safe collection).

immune boom and coconut oil

To use, you can apply these to the spine or the bottoms of the feet. I usually do Immune Boom and Germ Destroyer on my kids spines (especially the base). We use Immune Boom daily during the cold and flu season or if we hear of something going around. We all use the Germ Destroyer roll on if one of us is starting to get sick. We also do a night time roller with magnesium oil, aloe, and calming essential oils on the bottoms of their feet.

If you don’t have the time or desire to make your own, you can buy pre-made roll-ons from Rocky Mountain Essential Oils and Plant Therapy. Both have versions that are safe for children.

Do you use essential oils to stay healthy? What are some of your favorites?