As Anuko transitions onto a BARF diet, I find myself using clingfilm almost every day (plastic wrap to my american users). Clingfilm is great for the most part, excluding the fact it’s not exactly environmentally friendly nor cheap in the long run. It is also completely transparent, which isn’t such a problem for the majority of people. But being a relatively new veggie, it’s especially nauseating opening my fridge to thawing tripe, turkey necks and goodness-knows what else.
Introducing eco-friendly reusable wax cloths! A very easy D.I.Y that costs much less in the long run than clingfilm. A project for your kitchen in general, not just for your pooches food 🐶
What you’ll need:
- Eco-friendly soy flakes*
- Cloth of your choice*
- Your dogs bowl
- Cloth cutting scissors
- A pencil
- A ruler
- An oven tray
*A fat quarter of cloth, which cost me £3 in a pretty paw pattern, was enough for me to make 3 decent sized cloth sheets and 2 large bowl covers. Soy wax flakes are cheap depending on how much you buy; I bought 1kg for £7 on e-Bay. A little goes a long way with these flakes, so unless you’re planning to make lots of wax cloths, you won’t need more than 250g for this project.
Place your dogs bowl onto your cloth sheet. Using your pencil, sketch around the bowl.
Remove the bowl and then using your ruler, draw lines a few centimetres around the circle you’ve made.
How many centimetres away from the circle will be how much bigger than the bowl you wish the cloth to be. These lines will be where you cut the cloth and you’ll be left with a large square. You can trim the corners off of the square to make the cloth more rounded if you wish.
Place your cloth onto a clean oven tray. I use this particular tray for DIY so I don’t need to protect it, but if you don’t have a spare one, protect the tray with kitchen foil before placing your cloth on top.
You’ll then want to start sprinkling your wax flakes on top of the cloth.
A little goes a very long way with these flakes. You don’t need to completely cover the top of the cloth; a small handful will do per large bit. If you use too much, the melted wax will be left on the tray once you take the cloth away. If you fear you’ve used too little, no worries – whilst it’s in the oven you can check to see how they’re melting, and if there isn’t enough to saturate the cloth, you can add a little bit more.
Preheat your oven to 180oC then put your wax-covered cloth sheets in to melt for 5 minutes.
You’ll know when they’re ready, as all of the wax flakes will have melted. You don’t need to do this for both sides as the melted wax will completely saturate the cloth all the way through.
Carefully remove your wax sheets, as they’ll be hot, and leave them to dry. Ensure to take care of dripping as you don’t want to ruin any carpeting!
I personally leave them to hang outside on my washing line, a process only that only takes a few minutes, but I leave them out there for 20 minutes to ensure the wax is fully hardened.
Get covering! The warmth of your hands as you wrap produce and food will gently melt the wax enough for it to hold into place. You can also use thread or elastic bands if you want to ensure everything is properly secure.
I love DIY, pretty things and my dog, so these were great fun to make. You can even colour or pattern co-ordinate: doggy stuff in paw print cloth, meat in red cloth, fruit and vegetables in blue cloth! The ideas are endless. Have fun and be sure to send me your finished projects, I’d love to see them!
- Your wax cloths will be sensitive to heat so should be kept away from fire and your cooker when it is turned on. If you live in warm countries or you’re having a particularly hot summer, you should keep your cloths in your fridge. Putting them in a freezer is fine too.
- They will last you many uses, but when you feel the wax has come off too much, there’s no need to buy new cloths: simply start these steps again covering your same cloth with more wax flakes.
- You can fold these into a tub for storage, or you can use an empty kitchen roll and roll the cloths up, securing into place with an elastic band/thread.