Care & Use
On this page, you will find care and use notes on our Khala Cloths® & Reusable Coffee Filters
Khala Cloths: Break Them In
- Wash your wraps! Use cool water, a little eco-friendly soap, and hang dry where they are away from direct heat.
- Work your wraps! When wrapping over a bowl, make sure that the Cloth is folding over itself, so it can stick to itself as well as the lip of the bowl. Then, use the heat of your hands to warm the wax and mold it around the edges, pressing firmly.
- Reuse-reuse-and-reuse! The more you work and activate your wraps, the more pliable the Cloths will become and the better the wax will stick.
Do’s & Don’ts
- NEVER use your Khala Cloths with raw meat.
- Keep away from heat. Perhaps this goes without saying, but the wax may begin to melt and separate if it is stored or is drying near a heat source, and this will greatly reduce the life of your wrap. This also goes for the temperature of the water you’re washing your wraps with – keeping it cool will keep your Khala Cloths ™ lively for longer.
General Tips for Long (Use) Life
- Always wash in cool water with eco-friendly soap
- Allow to dry completely before folding and storing
- Work your wraps for ultimate pliability
- Keep away from heat and raw meat
Follow these steps, and your Khala Cloths will last you a year or more. If you’d like to see how easy washing a Khala Cloth™ can be, please watch the video below!
Re-purposing Your Khala Cloths
We often get asked: “when do you know Khala Cloths are done?” A good rule of thumb is when they start turning back into simple cloth – they become thinner and just don’t stick like they used to. Also depending on where and how you use them, they can look a little worse for the wear (but even then, we know some outdoor enthusiasts who beat-up-up their Cloths from the get-go and still get a lot of mileage out of them, no matter their un-pristine appearance!).
So what is next for your wraps? A couple of options:
- Cut to the compost: cut your Khala Cloths into strips and line the bottom of your compost pail or pile with them to return to the earth. All the source materials that go into Khala Cloths are organic, natural & perfectly compostable. If you’re just starting on composting, watch the video below for more instructions!
- Give’em the grimy work: if there is some tack left in them, use them to cover the grimy jobs – our favorite is to cover a dog food bowl for on-the-go usefulness.
- Open sesame: open any jar with the extra elbow grease that even a spent Cloth can give.
- If after all the folding and bending you’re still not getting a tight seal, we suggest twisting the edges of your Khala Cloth to get a snug fit around the container you’re trying to seal.
- Because such an important component of your Khala Cloths is the wax, keep in mind that they are temperature dependent. The fridge will cool the wax and make your wraps stiffer, especially when they are brand new. If this happens to you, allow the wrap to come back to room temperature and follow the wrap workout routine (bend, fold, twist, repeat).
Some Ideas for Use
These wraps aren’t limited to only being a lid for the lidless in your kitchen. Here are some ideas on how to use your Khala Cloths to the fullest!
Reusable Coffee Filters: Rinse & Repeat
You've brewed your first batch of coffee using Khala's reusable coffee filters, but how do you CLEAN THEM?
Step 1: We recommend first simply dumping the grounds from the filter into the compost or other receptacle.
Step 2: From there, turn the filter inside out and shake out more grounds or use your hands to scrape off more.
Step 3: Next, go to the sink and rise off the filter as it is INSIDE OUT - you can just rinse the remaining groups into a garbage disposal or over a mesh filter to capture them to compost / discard further. Once the coffee filter has been thoroughly rinsed, wring it out and hang dry for the next use!
Step 4: For a deeper clean every two weeks or so, clean the filters as described, then boil them in hot water with a tsp of baking soda for about 10min. When cooled, wring the filters out and hand dry for the next use!
IMPORTANT TIP: Unless you like the taste of laundry detergent in your coffee, we do NOT recommend washing your filters in the washing machine😉
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