This is the best way to clean your wax melt burner

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The wax melt burner is easily one of the most used items in our homes. Quickly filling our space with any scent of our choosing, all we need to do is light a tea-light under the burner and ours homes are filled with scents of lavender, lemon, or neroli.

However, whilst we love our wax melt burners, we're less keen on the actual wax removal part. Do you remove the melted wax whilst it's still in liquid form? We've tried soaking it up in paper towel, which has left us with very messy results. Or is it better to wait until it's hardened? But then how do you remove it?

We asked cleaning expert, and author of Live, Laugh, Laundry, Laura Mountford for her best tips in getting every single bit of wax out of your burner.

What is a wax melt burner?

Before we get started on the actual cleaning process, let's just clear up what a wax melt burner is.

A wax melt burner is a device that distributes scent by using the heat of a tea-light candle to warm up a piece of scented wax in a tray above it that then melts and releases its scent. They're sometimes called oil burners too.

They can vary in price and quality, and there are electric options on offer to, which don't require a tea-light but instead you plug the burner in.

Here are a few of our favourites:

If you're using a tea-light burner after a few hours the candle will extinguish itself and the wax on top will harden. You can then relight a new candle to get the wax melting again.

If you want to change the scent up (most melts keep their fragrance for a number of hours) you'll need to remove the wax from the burner.

How do you remove the wax from the wax melt burner?

Removing the wax can sometimes feel tricky, do you remove it when it's still liquid or is it better to wait until it's hardened?

According to Laura, the best way is to wait until the wax has hardened. She then recommends to "gently scrape off as much of the hardened wax as possible, using a plastic scraper or an old credit card, but be careful not to scratch the surface of the burner."

If you're having a bit of trouble getting the wax to budge Laura recommends putting a hairdryer on the lowest setting to soften it.

"Hold the hairdryer a few inches away from the wax in a circular motion and the heat will soften the wax and make it easier to remove," she said.

Laura then recommends to fully remove the wax, you should: "layer a few pieces of kitchen roll over the softened wax and press down gently. The wax should stick to the kitchen towels and come off the burner."

If you've still got a bit of wax residue on the edges of the burner, Laura says to dampen a cloth with a small amount of rubbing alcohol or white vinegar and wipe the edges of the burner.

What should you not do when removing wax out of a burner?

The biggest thing to avoid when cleaning out a wax melt burner, according to Laura, is to not use any sharp objects or metal utensils to remove wax as "this can cause scratches or damage to the surface of the burner."

Laura also adds: "I’d avoid applying excessive force, as too much pressure or force to remove the wax can result in damage to the burner or even cause it to break." And we would not want that.

It's also good to remember to not only wait for the wax to cool down and harden as this makes it easier to remove, but also to avoid any risk of burning yourself when removing potentially hot liquid wax.

How do you remove spilt wax?

Let's just say for some reason you didn't read our tip above about waiting for the wax to cool (how could you?!) and started to remove the wax whilst it's still liquid and you get it on a surface, what should you do then?

Well, Laura's advice when it comes to cleaning up spilt wax is to wait for it to harden and scrape as much as you can off with a plastic scraper.

Then, once you have removed the majority of the wax, place a few ice cubes in a plastic bag or a freezer pack and hold it against the remaining wax, as the cold temperature will help to harden the wax and make it brittle, meaning you can easily remove any last stubborn bits of wax.

Well, we'd say we're pretty much wax melt experts now.

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