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How to remove wax melts from your wax burner

The last thing you want after enjoying a lush wax melt is to feel unsure on what to do with it afterwards. Once the scent has dissipated or you fancy a new scent, you can remove the wax melt from the burner or melter easily so you can keep on re-using the dish!

How To Remove Wax Melts From Your Wax Burner

To safely remove wax melts from your wax burner, you can follow the hot liquid method. This process ensures the wax melts completely and can be easily removed without causing any damage or mess.

Here is a step-by-step guide to help you:

Start by setting up your wax burner on a heat-resistant surface. Make sure it is in a safe and stable position.

Turn on the wax burner and allow the wax melts to heat up. The heat will gradually melt the wax, turning it into a liquid. This process typically takes 10-15 minutes, depending on the size and amount of wax melts used.

Once the wax has completely melted and turned into a liquid, carefully shut off the heat source (wax melt burners). This will prevent further melting and ensure your safety during the wax removal process.

Take cotton balls or a paper towel and gently place them on the plate where the melted wax is located. The absorbent material will soak up the liquid wax, making it easier to remove.

Carefully discard the cotton balls or paper towel with the absorbed wax. Be cautious not to touch the hot surface with your bare hands while doing this.

After removing the bulk of the liquid wax, use another clean paper towel to wipe the plate of the wax burner. This will remove any remaining residue and leave the burner clean and ready for reuse.

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One effective method to remove used wax from a warmer is by utilising the power of the freezer - the cold method. This process involves placing the warmer in the freezer for approximately ten to twenty minutes, which will cause the wax to solidify and shrink, enabling it to easily pop out of the dish.
By subjecting the warmer to freezing temperatures, the wax undergoes a physical transformation from its melted state to a solid form. This change in temperature causes the molecules in the wax to come closer together, reducing the volume and allowing it to detach from the warmer's dish. As a result, the solidified wax can be effortlessly removed without leaving any messy residue or requiring the use of sharp or potentially dangerous tools.
However, it's essential to exercise caution while using this method, particularly when dealing with glass dishes. The extreme temperature changes induced by placing glass in the freezer can create stress on the material, risking possible breakage or cracking. Therefore, it is advisable to opt for warmers with dishes made from other materials like ceramic or metal to ensure a safe and successful wax removal process.

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Pour-Out Method

Ensure the liquid wax has completely cooled down. This is crucial to prevent any accidental burns.

Find a suitable container to pour out the wax. It can be a garbage can or a bin lined with a piece of kitchen roll.

Hold the container securely with one hand, making sure it is stable and won't tip over during the process.

Slowly and gently pour the liquid wax into the container. It is important to pour it out in a controlled manner to avoid any spills or splashes.

Take caution not to overfill the container. Leave enough space to accommodate the entire amount of wax being poured.

Once the liquid wax has been completely emptied into the container, ensure that the lid of the garbage can or the bin is securely closed.

Dispose of the container and the liquid wax in accordance with the local waste disposal regulations. Some areas allow for the disposal of solidified wax in the regular garbage, while others may have specific guidelines for wax disposal.

Scraping Method

Then there is the gentle scraping method. Begin by allowing the wax to solidify completely. This will make the scraping process easier and more effective.

Once the wax has solidified, take either a spoon or a butter knife and gently scrape the surface of the dish. Begin at the edges and work your way towards the centre. Be careful not to press too hard or use excessive force, as this may cause damage to the dish.

The advantage of choosing a spoon or butter knife is that they have a flat surface, which allows for a gentle scraping action. This method ensures that the solidified wax is loosened and removed without causing any harm to the dish's surface.

It is important to emphasise that gentle scraping is crucial to avoid damage. Applying too much pressure or using sharp objects can scratch or chip the dish, reducing its aesthetic appeal and possibly affecting its functionality.

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Using A Liner

Using a liner in a wax warmer is a simple and effective way to prevent the wax from sticking to the burner and make cleanup easier. To use a liner, follow these steps:

There are different types of liners available, such as wax popper liners and reusable liners. Wax popper liners are disposable and are designed to be used once before being discarded. On the other hand, reusable liners are made from silicone or other heat-resistant materials and can be reused multiple times.

Ensure that the wax warmer is clean and free from any residue or wax buildup. If necessary, clean the warmer before proceeding.

Open the liner and carefully fit it into the base of the wax warmer. Make sure the liner covers the entire bottom surface and extends up the sides of the wax warmer.

Pour the desired amount of wax directly into the liner. The liner will contain and hold the wax, preventing it from coming into direct contact with the burner.

Turn on the wax warmer and allow it to heat the wax to the desired temperature. The liner will transfer heat to the wax, melting it without allowing it to touch the burner directly.

Enjoy the wax warmer without worrying about wax sticking to the burner. Once you are finished, simply remove the liner and discard it (if using wax popper liners) or wipe it clean (if using reusable liners).

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Recycle Your Wax Melts

By recycling your used wax melts, you not only minimise waste but also contribute positively to the environment. Here, we'll guide you through the process, highlight the environmental benefits of recycling, and explore creative ways to repurpose leftover wax.

To properly dispose of used wax melts, one option is to recycle them. Start by allowing the wax to cool and harden completely. Once solidified, simply remove the wax from the container and place it in a recycling bin designated for plastics. It's essential to separate the wax from the container to ensure proper recycling.

Recycling wax melts offers significant environmental benefits. By diverting them from landfills, you reduce the strain on limited landfill space and prevent potential harmful chemicals from leaching into the soil or waterways. Recycling also conserves energy and resources used in the production of new wax melts, reducing carbon emissions and minimising environmental impact.

Aside from recycling, repurposing leftover wax is a wonderful way to extend its lifespan. One option is to melt small remnants and pour them into a new container, creating unique and multi-scented wax blends. Alternatively, you can use the wax as a natural fire starter for camping or winter fires. Wax melts can also be transformed into beautiful homemade candles by adding a wick to the melted wax and pouring it into a suitable container.

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