how to wax cotton…jackets, jeans, anything!

(Video link here.) Last year we bought a waxed-cotton knapsack from Dargelos that we LOVE because it carries a huge amount of stuff without looking like it. Gradually the wax finish wore off and we began to look into rewaxing it. Dargelos recommends a  solvent-free paste wax you can rub onto your fabric bag to refurbish it (They have a free how-to pdf here). Another way to go is Otter Wax, a solid brick of beeswax and plant-based waxes and oils (no petroleum or silicone).

We discovered that you can it to wax just about any cotton item to make them waterproof, and give them a weathered sheen that can be akin to leather…

Otter Fabric Wax

You can even wax your jackets, hats, sneakers and jeans.

How do you wash waxed cotton, we wondered. We read: you don’t if you can help it; otherwise, gentle cycle, cold water, hang to dry.

8 Responses to how to wax cotton…jackets, jeans, anything!

  1. Christine 03.12.2014 at 11:44pm #

    Amazing! I wonder how this would fare on baby items…I love that cloth everything is back in style, but hate that PUL is the go-to “green” fabric option for diapers, wet-bags, snack bags, etc. My imagination is going wild 😀

  2. Sally 03.14.2014 at 10:03am #

    I love that your imagination is going wild! That’s our mission. I’m not sure about for a baby. It might depend on what is in the wax you use…and looking into its impact on a baby’s skin, or whatever your uses are, and how often you need to wash it. IN terms of snack bags, you should also look into beeswax food wrap which you can diy or buy.

  3. Deborah babin 03.24.2014 at 11:44am #

    I am wondering if this kind of wax would hold up ( without washing), like on textile art?
    Does it eventually dissipate ?

  4. Deborah babin 03.24.2014 at 11:45am #

    Where can I buy the wax?

  5. Sally 03.24.2014 at 1:35pm #

    Follow the links to get to Otter Wax. It’s also sold on Amazon.

  6. Sally 03.24.2014 at 1:37pm #

    In my experience, it holds up fine if the textiles aren’t being used. With use, it eventually wears.

  7. Dawn Woodworth 03.10.2019 at 7:36pm #

    This is fabulous!! I have a vintage moped that I love to ride. Leather, for protection if I fall, in the summer is just too hot to wear. How often would I have to reapply, say a denim jacket or jeans?

  8. Sally Schneider 03.13.2019 at 9:26pm #

    How often you have to reapply wax depends on how much wear the clothing gets and how often you wash it. Varies wildly but worth a shot.

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