The Bathroom Essential That Makes Cleaning A Wax Warmer Quick & Painless

There's nothing more relaxing than kicking back after a long day to your favorite scent. Wax warmers are great for decorating your home and producing your favorite smell that lasts longer than candles. But, as anyone with a wax warmer knows, cleaning the dish is not a fun task. Luckily, with the help of a few cotton balls, cleaning up when you're ready to swap scents is easier than ever. All you have to do is drop a few cotton balls in the melted wax.

You probably already have a bag of unused cotton balls in your bathroom closet. If not, the good news is that these bathroom essentials are cheap and versatile in use. Plus, this nifty hack of using absorbent cotton to clean the melted wax reduces the frustration of giving your warmer a clean slate for a new scent. Tired of left behind residue from your wax melts? Then meet your new favorite hack: the cotton ball method.

How to clean a wax warmer with a cotton ball

There are several ways to clean a wax warmer, but some of them require touching the warmer while it's still cooling. This can cause you to burn your hands or fingers, which, in our opinion, isn't worth it. Other methods make you wait for the warmer to cool down, which leads to the wax hardening and becomes harder to clean out. By going with the cotton ball method, you don't have to worry about either problem. All you need to do is grab two to three cotton balls, turn off your warmer, and instantly drop the balls in the dish.

The absorbency of the cotton sucks in the melted liquid to clean your dish free from the old wax melt. To further clean the dish of any left behind wax, remove the cotton balls you let soak up the liquid before taking a clean ball to swipe up the sides. Then rinse the dish (when it's fully cooled) before wiping clean with a paper towel. Voila! You're ready for your new scent after hassle-free cleaning.

How to know when it's time to change scents

How do you know it's time to switch scents and clean your dish? There are two main reasons for swapping your wax scents: your current wax no longer smells, or two, you want a new fragrance. The quality of your wax also plays a part in how long your scent will work. Most wax melts have roughly 10 hours of working time before their fragrance goes away. though, cubes made of lesser-quality wax may have a shorter shelf life, which can cause their scent to wane faster.

While wax warmers are not a challenge to clean, it's important to clean out your wax melt warmer after every use, or before you change to a new scent. Without cleaning the warmer properly, there could be residue from scents left behind that mesh with your current one, so it won't produce the scent you're looking for.