My Plastic-free Life - Topic: waxed cloth (replacement for plastic wrap) http://myplasticfreelife.com/forum/plastic-free-alternatives/waxed-cloth-replacement-for-plastic-wrap/ Simple:Press Version 5.6.5 Ros on waxed cloth (replacement for plastic wrap) http://myplasticfreelife.com/forum/plastic-free-alternatives/waxed-cloth-replacement-for-plastic-wrap/page-2/#p1706 Plastic-free Alternatives http://myplasticfreelife.com/forum/plastic-free-alternatives/waxed-cloth-replacement-for-plastic-wrap/page-2/#p1706 Hi all, I have also been looking to get the ratios for jojoba oil and tree resin to bees wax - either it is a closely held secret or no one has yet tried with more than bees wax. Did you have any success Laura?

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Wed, 30 Mar 2016 06:07:38 -0700
Laura on waxed cloth (replacement for plastic wrap) http://myplasticfreelife.com/forum/plastic-free-alternatives/waxed-cloth-replacement-for-plastic-wrap/page-2/#p1703 Plastic-free Alternatives http://myplasticfreelife.com/forum/plastic-free-alternatives/waxed-cloth-replacement-for-plastic-wrap/page-2/#p1703 Hi there, I recently started making my own wraps using just cotton and beeswax.... I have looked at those that are sold online and noticed they all use jojoba oil, tree resin, etc.... I found this group conversation and was wondering (hoping) you may have discovered the perfect recipe/ratios and may be happy to share your knowledge. 

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Fri, 26 Feb 2016 02:46:19 -0800
Hailbop on waxed cloth (replacement for plastic wrap) http://myplasticfreelife.com/forum/plastic-free-alternatives/waxed-cloth-replacement-for-plastic-wrap/page-2/#p1693 Plastic-free Alternatives http://myplasticfreelife.com/forum/plastic-free-alternatives/waxed-cloth-replacement-for-plastic-wrap/page-2/#p1693 Hello there cloth wrap makers. I know this thread is a few months from last post, but I just started playing with beeswax wraps and am wondering if anyone ever experimented with ratios and recipes or techniques for adding the other ingredients. If so, I would love to hear. 

Or, if anyone is still interested, reply and I will post my findings here.....

Happy beeswaxing!

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Wed, 20 Jan 2016 18:50:37 -0800
Beth Terry on waxed cloth (replacement for plastic wrap) http://myplasticfreelife.com/forum/plastic-free-alternatives/waxed-cloth-replacement-for-plastic-wrap/page-2/#p1660 Plastic-free Alternatives http://myplasticfreelife.com/forum/plastic-free-alternatives/waxed-cloth-replacement-for-plastic-wrap/page-2/#p1660 Sorry about that.  I seem to not be getting my notifications letting me know when comments need approval.  I have approved them all now.

 

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Wed, 18 Nov 2015 08:04:32 -0800
TeeJay on waxed cloth (replacement for plastic wrap) http://myplasticfreelife.com/forum/plastic-free-alternatives/waxed-cloth-replacement-for-plastic-wrap/page-2/#p1658 Plastic-free Alternatives http://myplasticfreelife.com/forum/plastic-free-alternatives/waxed-cloth-replacement-for-plastic-wrap/page-2/#p1658  Hello there! I've been checking this thread for a few months hoping the comments awaiting approval will finally appear but no luck so far... I'll keep trying :). 

I wonder if anyone's had any success making cloths with the addition of dammar or similar gum. I'd like to make some myself but would really appreciate a recommendation regarding those extra ingredients before going about ordering the stuff. Seems to me that plain beeswax cloths that flake and eventually become unusable is tolerable but could be improved on. 

I have some pre-fab cloths in the meantime, abeego. They are fine, work, the natural odour doesn't bother me at all. They are too few and too small for my purposes though, I'd like a bunch in a wider range of sizes. 

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Tue, 17 Nov 2015 07:39:18 -0800
Michelle Australia on waxed cloth (replacement for plastic wrap) http://myplasticfreelife.com/forum/plastic-free-alternatives/waxed-cloth-replacement-for-plastic-wrap/page-2/#p1656 Plastic-free Alternatives http://myplasticfreelife.com/forum/plastic-free-alternatives/waxed-cloth-replacement-for-plastic-wrap/page-2/#p1656 This post might be helpful for some beeswax recipes:

http://hiveharvest.com/beeswax-recipes/

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Thu, 15 Oct 2015 15:23:38 -0700
Michelle Australia on waxed cloth (replacement for plastic wrap) http://myplasticfreelife.com/forum/plastic-free-alternatives/waxed-cloth-replacement-for-plastic-wrap/page-2/#p1655 Plastic-free Alternatives http://myplasticfreelife.com/forum/plastic-free-alternatives/waxed-cloth-replacement-for-plastic-wrap/page-2/#p1655

Kimberley said
Soooo, I have had all of the necessary ingredients gathered and ready for months now, and have continued to hold off experimenting in hopes that someone, somewhere would post the proper ratio of beeswax: jojoba oil: damar resin needed to make these beeswax wraps. Alas, none have been forthcoming. I have, however, come across a number of cites which speak to the proper ratio of beeswax and resin when combined for use in the art of batik, or when making encaustic paint mediums. The ratio used with these can be anywhere from 8:1 to 8:5 beeswax to resin respectively, with the latter being necessary to harden to wax. Which leads me to believe that both resin and jojoba oil are needed to at once harden and soften the wax for proper pliability and uniformity when making beeswax wraps. And, in light of Beth's earlier post about the pungency of the resin, my bet would be placed on the former vs the latter ratio of wax to resin with the addition of just a few drops of jojoba oil as a good place to begin.

As far as preparing the wax mixture, I have discovered that resin has a highery melting point than the wax, another reason why I have been hesitant to experiment. Who needs a stove fire!? Also, the damar resin has some impurities in it which need to be strained out once melted with the wax. To that end, I have bought a very fine mesh intended for making encaustic wax paints. Once I finally get up enough courage to just "do it", I think I will lay the mesh down in the pan first, add the wax, then the resin, and lastly the oil, then lift the mesh out once a molten wax mixture has been attained. I haven't quite worked out how I will hang the cloths to dry once they have been dipped. A mock clothes line, perhaps? The question is where to string it... Anywho, I will figure that out once I make up my mind once and for all to have a 'meltdown'.

In the interim, and in the absence of an actual recipe, it may come down to me to offer one up with my next post! So, stay tuned! Laugh

Any luck with the ratios? I have also been trying to find a recipe with the additives, as most only have beeswax alone. I think the extra ingredients will add to the longevity of the wraps. I guess trial and error will have to do! Laugh

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Thu, 15 Oct 2015 15:13:36 -0700
Meredith on waxed cloth (replacement for plastic wrap) http://myplasticfreelife.com/forum/plastic-free-alternatives/waxed-cloth-replacement-for-plastic-wrap/page-2/#p1646 Plastic-free Alternatives http://myplasticfreelife.com/forum/plastic-free-alternatives/waxed-cloth-replacement-for-plastic-wrap/page-2/#p1646 Hello

I have just tried making beeswax wraps according to the simple instructions on various websites, but it didn't work - the results have been stiff/inflexible and the cloth doesn't stick to itself like I have seen it done in wraps for sale at a market recently. I used beeswax "Melted down from candles used at worship in a Russian Orthodox Church" bought via ebay (sold as 'certified geniune pure beeswax, gently reclaimed') - do you think this is the problem?! Would 'new' beeswax work properly?

Thanks for your advice.

Meredith

(Melbourne, Australia)

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Sun, 09 Aug 2015 04:17:59 -0700
Pamela on waxed cloth (replacement for plastic wrap) http://myplasticfreelife.com/forum/plastic-free-alternatives/waxed-cloth-replacement-for-plastic-wrap/page-2/#p1644 Plastic-free Alternatives http://myplasticfreelife.com/forum/plastic-free-alternatives/waxed-cloth-replacement-for-plastic-wrap/page-2/#p1644 Kimberley, I'm very interested in knowing whether you ever made these wraps and how they turned out.  I wondered if you could let the combined wax/oil/resin harden into a block that would be shaved over the cotton instead of dipping cotton into the melted concoction.  I just feel like dipping it would result in a heavier coating than is needed...

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Wed, 05 Aug 2015 20:17:03 -0700
angel on waxed cloth (replacement for plastic wrap) http://myplasticfreelife.com/forum/plastic-free-alternatives/waxed-cloth-replacement-for-plastic-wrap/page-2/#p1641 Plastic-free Alternatives http://myplasticfreelife.com/forum/plastic-free-alternatives/waxed-cloth-replacement-for-plastic-wrap/page-2/#p1641 I'm looking forward to your experiments!

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Sun, 19 Jul 2015 22:20:34 -0700
Kimberley on waxed cloth (replacement for plastic wrap) http://myplasticfreelife.com/forum/plastic-free-alternatives/waxed-cloth-replacement-for-plastic-wrap/page-2/#p1637 Plastic-free Alternatives http://myplasticfreelife.com/forum/plastic-free-alternatives/waxed-cloth-replacement-for-plastic-wrap/page-2/#p1637 Soooo, I have had all of the necessary ingredients gathered and ready for months now, and have continued to hold off experimenting in hopes that someone, somewhere would post the proper ratio of beeswax: jojoba oil: damar resin needed to make these beeswax wraps. Alas, none have been forthcoming. I have, however, come across a number of cites which speak to the proper ratio of beeswax and resin when combined for use in the art of batik, or when making encaustic paint mediums. The ratio used with these can be anywhere from 8:1 to 8:5 beeswax to resin respectively, with the latter being necessary to harden to wax. Which leads me to believe that both resin and jojoba oil are needed to at once harden and soften the wax for proper pliability and uniformity when making beeswax wraps. And, in light of Beth's earlier post about the pungency of the resin, my bet would be placed on the former vs the latter ratio of wax to resin with the addition of just a few drops of jojoba oil as a good place to begin.

As far as preparing the wax mixture, I have discovered that resin has a highery melting point than the wax, another reason why I have been hesitant to experiment. Who needs a stove fire!? Also, the damar resin has some impurities in it which need to be strained out once melted with the wax. To that end, I have bought a very fine mesh intended for making encaustic wax paints. Once I finally get up enough courage to just "do it", I think I will lay the mesh down in the pan first, add the wax, then the resin, and lastly the oil, then lift the mesh out once a molten wax mixture has been attained. I haven't quite worked out how I will hang the cloths to dry once they have been dipped. A mock clothes line, perhaps? The question is where to string it... Anywho, I will figure that out once I make up my mind once and for all to have a 'meltdown'.

In the interim, and in the absence of an actual recipe, it may come down to me to offer one up with my next post! So, stay tuned! Laugh

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Sat, 18 Jul 2015 15:44:00 -0700
Tzania on waxed cloth (replacement for plastic wrap) http://myplasticfreelife.com/forum/plastic-free-alternatives/waxed-cloth-replacement-for-plastic-wrap/page-2/#p1631 Plastic-free Alternatives http://myplasticfreelife.com/forum/plastic-free-alternatives/waxed-cloth-replacement-for-plastic-wrap/page-2/#p1631 Commercial cotton is grown with a tremendous amount of pesticides and is toxic.

Please be sure only to wrap your food in organic cotton!

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Tue, 07 Jul 2015 13:54:35 -0700
Flloyd on waxed cloth (replacement for plastic wrap) http://myplasticfreelife.com/forum/plastic-free-alternatives/waxed-cloth-replacement-for-plastic-wrap/page-2/#p1620 Plastic-free Alternatives http://myplasticfreelife.com/forum/plastic-free-alternatives/waxed-cloth-replacement-for-plastic-wrap/page-2/#p1620 I see a few people were trialling how much jojoba oil and resin to mix with the bees wax for optimum results. Did anyone have a good ratio to start with? Thanks

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Sun, 31 May 2015 03:02:43 -0700
Michelle M on waxed cloth (replacement for plastic wrap) http://myplasticfreelife.com/forum/plastic-free-alternatives/waxed-cloth-replacement-for-plastic-wrap/page-2/#p1517 Plastic-free Alternatives http://myplasticfreelife.com/forum/plastic-free-alternatives/waxed-cloth-replacement-for-plastic-wrap/page-2/#p1517 Someone mentioned pastry bags earlier - straight canvas bags are difficult to find, but not impossible. Ateco makes them in many sizes without the plastic coating (or with, but they will specify by saying they are either greaseproof or plastic-lined if they do have the plastic coating). I ordered a couple through a local restaurant supply store. Even if they don't stock them, they will sometimes order you some along with their next order. I found a couple vendors on Amazon that sell them as well, but that wasn't an option for me as they wouldn't ship to Canada. 

I'd be hesitant to wax the inside because pastry tips could easily scratch at the coating (especially when you are trying to coax them out of the bag), and pastry bags are already difficult to clean by hand. I toss mine in a lingerie wash bag and wash them in the washer with my other kitchen laundry. It would also be really difficult to get an even coating on the inside. 

If you really can't find plain canvas pastry bags without the plastic lining, they would also be relatively simple to make. 100% cotton canvas is pretty easy to find in fabric shops - even Walmart sells good-sized squares of it. I think it would be less work to sew a few seams than to try to wax the inside of a pastry bag - but I guess that depends on your personal preference/sewing ability. 

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Mon, 01 Dec 2014 19:54:42 -0800
Kimber on waxed cloth (replacement for plastic wrap) http://myplasticfreelife.com/forum/plastic-free-alternatives/waxed-cloth-replacement-for-plastic-wrap/#p1511 Plastic-free Alternatives http://myplasticfreelife.com/forum/plastic-free-alternatives/waxed-cloth-replacement-for-plastic-wrap/#p1511 Thank you Mezzie, and Caroline. I will just go ahead and work with the beeswax, jojoba oil, and damar resin to see what I can come up with. I will make sure to go super easy on the oil and resin for the first batch or three. Let's keep each other posted here with our exploits, shall we? 

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Sat, 29 Nov 2014 23:54:43 -0800
Caroline on waxed cloth (replacement for plastic wrap) http://myplasticfreelife.com/forum/plastic-free-alternatives/waxed-cloth-replacement-for-plastic-wrap/#p1510 Plastic-free Alternatives http://myplasticfreelife.com/forum/plastic-free-alternatives/waxed-cloth-replacement-for-plastic-wrap/#p1510 Kimberley....I'm in the same boat.  My biggest unknown is how much tree resin and jojoba to add to the beeswax.  I've been searching for a recipe but so far can't find anything online.  I think trial and error may be the way to go. 

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Sat, 29 Nov 2014 20:50:35 -0800
Mezzie on waxed cloth (replacement for plastic wrap) http://myplasticfreelife.com/forum/plastic-free-alternatives/waxed-cloth-replacement-for-plastic-wrap/#p1504 Plastic-free Alternatives http://myplasticfreelife.com/forum/plastic-free-alternatives/waxed-cloth-replacement-for-plastic-wrap/#p1504 I made my own a few days go. Currently a pumpkin pie, half an onion, and a bowl of gravy are being covered by them. I used only beeswax, and a bit too much of it, but it works fine. 

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Sat, 29 Nov 2014 08:42:13 -0800
Beth Terry on waxed cloth (replacement for plastic wrap) http://myplasticfreelife.com/forum/plastic-free-alternatives/waxed-cloth-replacement-for-plastic-wrap/#p1503 Plastic-free Alternatives http://myplasticfreelife.com/forum/plastic-free-alternatives/waxed-cloth-replacement-for-plastic-wrap/#p1503 Hi. Here's my blog post on waxed wraps. There is a link to instructions for making your own.

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Fri, 28 Nov 2014 10:01:08 -0800
Kimberley on waxed cloth (replacement for plastic wrap) http://myplasticfreelife.com/forum/plastic-free-alternatives/waxed-cloth-replacement-for-plastic-wrap/#p1491 Plastic-free Alternatives http://myplasticfreelife.com/forum/plastic-free-alternatives/waxed-cloth-replacement-for-plastic-wrap/#p1491 I have all the ingredients necessary for making my own "Beeswraps" wax medium, (Beeswax, Gum Damar, and Jojoba Oil). However, I have scoured the internet trying to find the exact recipe with the proper ratios of each. Anyone had any success with this?Smile

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Wed, 22 Oct 2014 15:01:20 -0700
Rik on waxed cloth (replacement for plastic wrap) http://myplasticfreelife.com/forum/plastic-free-alternatives/waxed-cloth-replacement-for-plastic-wrap/#p1153 Plastic-free Alternatives http://myplasticfreelife.com/forum/plastic-free-alternatives/waxed-cloth-replacement-for-plastic-wrap/#p1153 I have become a hemp fan of recent so hemp be better!

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Mon, 11 Mar 2013 03:50:19 -0700
Beth Terry on waxed cloth (replacement for plastic wrap) http://myplasticfreelife.com/forum/plastic-free-alternatives/waxed-cloth-replacement-for-plastic-wrap/#p1150 Plastic-free Alternatives http://myplasticfreelife.com/forum/plastic-free-alternatives/waxed-cloth-replacement-for-plastic-wrap/#p1150 I've been comparing waxed wraps lately and am planning to post a review soon. But just want to say right off the bat that to me, Abeego has a strong odor due to the tree resin, so I would be hesitant to put anything in it that might have a delicate flavor that could absorb the Abeego odor. Other cloth wraps might not do that if they have less tree resin.

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Sun, 10 Mar 2013 16:10:48 -0700
Lily on waxed cloth (replacement for plastic wrap) http://myplasticfreelife.com/forum/plastic-free-alternatives/waxed-cloth-replacement-for-plastic-wrap/#p1148 Plastic-free Alternatives http://myplasticfreelife.com/forum/plastic-free-alternatives/waxed-cloth-replacement-for-plastic-wrap/#p1148 Has anyone tried using the abeego cloth or homemade version as a pastry decorating bag? I've been looking for a canvas pastry bag that isn't lined with plastic but can't find one. I have read that you can fold them out of parchment paper, but a single use product doesn't really seem like a solution to me. It started me thinking though that maybe I could fold one out of anything... would abeego stand up to the recurrent abuse of folding and pressure?

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Fri, 08 Mar 2013 18:27:46 -0800
Billy on waxed cloth (replacement for plastic wrap) http://myplasticfreelife.com/forum/plastic-free-alternatives/waxed-cloth-replacement-for-plastic-wrap/#p1072 Plastic-free Alternatives http://myplasticfreelife.com/forum/plastic-free-alternatives/waxed-cloth-replacement-for-plastic-wrap/#p1072 http://www.hempandcompany.com/.....ftr/abeego

 

"Dammar resin has strong anti-septic qualities.”

 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dammar_gum

 

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Sun, 16 Dec 2012 00:55:39 -0800
urbanwoodswalker on waxed cloth (replacement for plastic wrap) http://myplasticfreelife.com/forum/plastic-free-alternatives/waxed-cloth-replacement-for-plastic-wrap/#p972 Plastic-free Alternatives http://myplasticfreelife.com/forum/plastic-free-alternatives/waxed-cloth-replacement-for-plastic-wrap/#p972 Jane, thank you.  I had thought that when the beeswax (and jojoba) were melted together,  that is when the tea tree oil was added. I can't help but think the wax will lock in the oils.  So it really would not "wash out. "

Although I do have some books somewhere in a very messy room I can say that much of the knowledge has come to me from volunteers for years at nature centers, Native American Indian museums, and now the 5000 year old tall grass prairie. One gets to know some pretty wise people along life's paths.  I am a history buff, and there is no one place I collected info from. Still, if I come across my books...I will certainly post for you and everyone else.

On using native plants for medicinal and cosmetic purposes...I must warn...not to use those that are near roads as those plants collect toxicities from automobiles (lead), and road wash off of salts, and other dangerous chemicals.

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Thu, 13 Sep 2012 11:51:10 -0700
Jane on waxed cloth (replacement for plastic wrap) http://myplasticfreelife.com/forum/plastic-free-alternatives/waxed-cloth-replacement-for-plastic-wrap/#p970 Plastic-free Alternatives http://myplasticfreelife.com/forum/plastic-free-alternatives/waxed-cloth-replacement-for-plastic-wrap/#p970 Dear Mary Ann, thanks for the info!  I love herbs and local weeds for household uses-- it is so environmentally practical, has no packaging, builds skills and connects me to the earth.  I have yellow dock growing in my garden (it has a long taproot, right?)     ... I would use tea tree oil on the waxed cloth except that I wonder if it would just eventually wash out of the fabric with use, whereas the resin would be sticky and would combine/bind with the beeswax.  But perhaps cleaning the cloth in water with a drops of tea tree oil is not a bad idea.  Do you have any books in your medicinal plants library that you find most useful-- I am looking for titles to add to my library.  I live in the north american short grass prairie region.

 

You were asking about the wax cracking in the fridge-- you end up shaping the cloth while at room temperature and then place it in the fridge, so it isn't shaped while cold and doesn't crack...  I haven't tested my waxed cloth in colder temperatures (the freezer, or a cold room temperature) so I will report back here if I learn anything else about cracking.  It would probably be good to compare performance with a cloth made with jojoba. 

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Thu, 13 Sep 2012 04:41:06 -0700
urbanwoodswalker on waxed cloth (replacement for plastic wrap) http://myplasticfreelife.com/forum/plastic-free-alternatives/waxed-cloth-replacement-for-plastic-wrap/#p966 Plastic-free Alternatives http://myplasticfreelife.com/forum/plastic-free-alternatives/waxed-cloth-replacement-for-plastic-wrap/#p966 I see someone is asking about where to get "tree resin".  Tree resin ....you can buy tea tree oil from places like whole foods and Trader Joes. possibly health food stores too?  As for evergreen resins resins...you find an evergreen that the woodpeckers have been punching holes into, or...you cut a small incision into the bark...and let it ooze out.  

Did you know also that you can make evergreen tree tea? Its got much more vitamin C then an orange.  Evergreens are a great source of antibacterial and healthy uses. 

   

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Sat, 08 Sep 2012 05:31:38 -0700
urbanwoodswalker on waxed cloth (replacement for plastic wrap) http://myplasticfreelife.com/forum/plastic-free-alternatives/waxed-cloth-replacement-for-plastic-wrap/#p962 Plastic-free Alternatives http://myplasticfreelife.com/forum/plastic-free-alternatives/waxed-cloth-replacement-for-plastic-wrap/#p962    I wonder about the jojoba and the "tree resin" too!  Good to know about the jojoba...maybe it makes the waxed cloth easier to bend and fold while even in a cold refrigerated state?  (Rather then crack as i know paraffin wax does)?  Also, wondering what type of  "tree resin"...of course its a trade secret of Abeego's...but could it be "Tea Tree Oil" (which is antibacterial) ? 

   Can someone tell me, before I go out and purchase JoJba oil and 1 lb of Beeswax...if the wax will crack when its cold in the frig.  If not...then I do not need to purchase jojo right?  Tea Tree oil is around $6.99 at Trader Joes...in a glass bottle. A little goes a long way. 

   The evergreens are also a great source of antibacterial tree resin...pine, spruce etc.   And if you have legal access ro Rosinweed, Compass plant, or Dock (tall grass native prairie plants)...they too are very resinous in a medicinal way.    In fact...you can use the CLEAN resins of evergreens and these resin plants...for bandages...instead of buying those plasticy things at the store. 

   What other kinds of antibacterial tree resins are there? I will do some searching in my medicinal book library and let you know.    If anyone else has info...please share.

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Wed, 05 Sep 2012 07:59:34 -0700
Ann Dennison on waxed cloth (replacement for plastic wrap) http://myplasticfreelife.com/forum/plastic-free-alternatives/waxed-cloth-replacement-for-plastic-wrap/#p959 Plastic-free Alternatives http://myplasticfreelife.com/forum/plastic-free-alternatives/waxed-cloth-replacement-for-plastic-wrap/#p959 Thanks Jane,

I don't use clingfilm often (and pre-fire still had a roll of the stuff), but I didn't want to have to buy more, and your tip means I won't.  Once I'm back into my home, I'll try it.  Would a man's cotton handkerchief make a good base for it?

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Mon, 03 Sep 2012 19:32:37 -0700
Jane on waxed cloth (replacement for plastic wrap) http://myplasticfreelife.com/forum/plastic-free-alternatives/waxed-cloth-replacement-for-plastic-wrap/#p954 Plastic-free Alternatives http://myplasticfreelife.com/forum/plastic-free-alternatives/waxed-cloth-replacement-for-plastic-wrap/#p954 Jean, if I was going to try to keep head lettuce in the fridge without plastic, I would somehow try to put the cut stem end in water, or press it against a soaking wet cloth first, and then put it in a cloth draw string bag in the crisper drawer.  The thing about making the waxed cloth is that it can only be as big as the cookie sheet that you use to melt the wax, so I think it might be a challenge to make one big enough to use on head lettuce. If you have any ideas, let me know.

Incidentally, I bought a new fridge this year, and it has vegetable drawers with an adjustable humidity level, which makes it possible to store vegetables in there naked or in cloth bags and they take longer to dry out.  I'm actually enjoying the challenge of keeping food without plastic wrapping.  Yesterday I went to a grocery market where they package nearly all the vegetables in small plastic bags first.  I asked one of the staff if they had any broccoli that hadn't been bagged yet.  She took my cloth bag to the back and brought it back for me filled with broccoli.  It was probably fresher, too, and hadn't been cut into small pieces yet.  

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Wed, 29 Aug 2012 06:41:40 -0700
Jane on waxed cloth (replacement for plastic wrap) http://myplasticfreelife.com/forum/plastic-free-alternatives/waxed-cloth-replacement-for-plastic-wrap/#p953 Plastic-free Alternatives http://myplasticfreelife.com/forum/plastic-free-alternatives/waxed-cloth-replacement-for-plastic-wrap/#p953 Neat, Eve, that makes sense about the tree resin.  Let me know if you try making it and how it works.  Any idea where to get tree resin?

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