So you've been using your wraps for a while (and loving them!) But they're beginning to look a little worse for wear. Is that it? Did the lifespan of your wrap seem to expire a little too soon for your liking?
This can happen! But I've got good news: your wrap's lifecycle isn't over yet! There is a way to refresh your wraps!
If you're willing to spend about 5 minutes, you can rejuvenate your wrap easily with the use of a couple household items: parchment paper, a t-shirt, and an iron. By simply re-melting the wax, you can redistribute the beeswax formula throughout the cotton with ease and your wraps will be like (almost) new in a matter of moments.
Turn your iron on to its lowest setting. Beeswax melts at under 65 degrees celsius, and household irons' lowest settings are still much higher than that.
Place your beeswax wrap flat between two pieces of parchment paper. The parchment paper should be cut at a larger size than your wrap - some wax may seep past the edge of the fabric, and you don't want that to get on your ironing board!
Place a piece of fabric over top of the parchment paper. This is so you're not putting your iron directly against the paper and wrap. It disperses some of the heat. Regular cotton material, like a t-shirt, would be a good option.
Pass the iron over the wrap/parchment/fabric stack a few times. Lift the layers and check the wrap itself often to see if it's begun to melt. The beeswax can discolour sightly if it gets too hot. You just need it to melt, and that's it.
Once the wax has melted, stop ironing. Gently peel the top piece of parchment paper away, and carefully peel the beeswax wrap away from the bottom piece. Holding the wrap by its corners, wave it in the air a little bit to allow the wax to dry and re-solidify. This only takes 10 seconds or so!
And that's it! The wax will have seeped back into the cotton and redistributed rather evenly. Your beeswax wrap is now ready to be used once more!
There are other ways of re-melting the wax. You can place your wrap on a piece of parchment and place this on a cookie sheet in your oven at the coolest setting for a few minutes. Heads up: this method doesn't have the benefit of the weight of an iron pressing the wax into the wrap itself.
Quick disclaimer: the iron method isn't perfect, and your wrap might not look like it did on Day One, so proceed at your own risk! But it is a great way to extend the life of the product!
Also, if it's been a year or so, or you've used your wrap more than 100 times (just an estimate!), it may be time to compost your wrap and replace it! That's the nature of natural, biodegradable products - they don't last forever! Which, if you think about it, is kind of beautiful.