Learn how to save yourself some precious time, money, and headache when dealing with the never-ending mess that often comes with using wax melts and a wax warmer. This one simple DIY hack may be the best discovery of your day.
For as long as I can remember, I have not been a super huge fan of using a wax warmer because it always seemed like it was not only a hassle but also a mess to deal with when it was time to switch out the wax.
However, after moving this last time I knew that I needed to work on making my new place feel more like our home, and part of doing that is sometimes enjoying a sweet scent.
Candles are out of the question for me personally because I refuse to deal with soot on the walls and ceilings…it always makes me feel like my home is dirty, and the paint is dingy, after burning them, so I decided that I had better figure out a solution so that my kids and I could feel even more at home.
My “ah ha” moments always seem to come when I am doing something completely unrelated to a problem that I want to solve, so it was not out of the ordinary for me to have one when I was baking muffins. I remember thinking,
“I wonder if one of these silicone baking cups would work to handle the mess”…and I tried it and I am happy to report that yes, you can use a
silicone cupcake liner as a wax melt liner
So, after I fell in love with doing this I am happy to report that scraping wax out of a warmer is something you and I will never have to do again. It literally works that well Hallelujah!
Plus there always seems to be some lingering wax from the previous scent unless you really want to scrub it. Yuck, who has time for that anyway?
First I’m going to show you the Youtube Video I made about doing this…it’s starting to go viral, so I’m pretty excited about it (Please note that it’s an old video from my fluffy days before I overcame binge eating disorder and lost and maintained over 100 lbs of weight).
Anyway, it is actually the first video that I have made and edited entirely on my own…well, it was me, myself, and Youtube tutorials so be nice. Give it a watch and please make sure to share this post or the video with any wax lovers you know!
Keep reading below the video for even more great tips.
And for those of you that can’t watch a video right now, I have the still images of the video below (as well as some more useful information) so that you can see how well it works too.
If you are using cold wax you will need to start by unplugging your warmer, and using a plastic spatula or spoon and scrape it out as best you can. Any wax left in the cracks and crevices can then be wiped out using an old rag that is saturated in hot water.
If you would like to clean out the wax and it is still hot, make sure to unplug the wax burner first and then carefully pour it into the trash can and then you can use the same method mentioned above and wipe the rest out with a rag that has been saturated (but not dripping) in hot water.
*Make sure to throw this rag away as well when you are finished as it will ruin other clothing items in the wash.
Here are the pictures that show you how well this cleaning method works:
Now that I showed you what a warmer looks like doing it the old major headache and hassle way…look how easy it is to just use reusable baking cups as wax melt liners.
I always pop in two wax melts, turn it on and walk away. The heat transfers through the silicone amazingly without getting anywhere else.
When you’re done with a particular scent and want to switch over to another. Just turn off your warmer and let it cool completely.
Once it’s cooled/hardened you can easily remove the baking cup and it is mess free!!!!
Can you reuse wax melts?
The best part about using a cupcake liner as a wax melt liner is that the wax pops right out of the liner so you can just reuse the same one.
I don’t even have to wash mine in between scents because it comes out so cleanly, but you can if you’d like to.
Can you use paper cupcake liners for wax melts?
I’m sure that some people out there have tried to use a paper cupcake liner instead of a silicone one…but I personally wouldn’t dare do it just because some of us like to leave our warmers on for days at a time and I just wouldn’t feel safe doing that with paper…I’d constantly be worrying that there would be a housefire.
How great is it to not have to dig or wipe anything out and your warmer still looks new when you’re done?
I didn’t even tell you that if you have a warmer with a lid the liner can easily be hidden…I bought some liners in bright colors, but there are pastel and neutral colors available too in case you don’t have a cover and want to look a little classier.
What do you do if you only have a small plug-in electric wax heater?
If all you’ve got is a little wall warmer. The silicone cupcake baking liners will still work, I just recommend making sure not to put in too many wax melts (I only use one for this size btw).
Or you can easily trim the liner down to suit your size needs.
See! Easy peasy!
And the lid will still cover it just fine so no one will know that you are secretly using this handy little trick ;).
I think that the best thing about this hack is how much money it could save you over time if you frequently use a warmer and like to change out the scent often.
I always just stick the wax in a sealed baggie and write what scent they are on it so that I can use them again later…and to think that if I had been doing it the old way, all that heavenly smell would be hanging out in the garbage can.
These tips can be super helpful for any of you fellow wax-lovers so if you know anyone else that may find it helpful…or even if you’re a Scentsy salesperson or something….I bet even your entire customer list would find it helpful too.
Thanks so much for stopping by my blog and supporting my endeavors to make people’s lives a little easier/better/more affordable. If you liked this cleaning hack post, or found it helpful in any way, please make sure to share it with your family, friends, and co-workers via social media…or you could even send them the direct link via email. Whichever way you choose to spread the love, I super appreciate it! ~Sarah
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*Please note that this post/idea was originally shared to this website on June 21, 2017 and has since been updated to improve user experience, remain relevant, and to become more shareable on the social medias.