If you're a long-time fan of scented candles but haven't tried using wax melts yet, you may be wondering what all the hype is about. Wax melts are blocks of scented wax that can be melted slowly using indirect heat to release the fragrance, allowing you to get the same warm scent of a candle without the open flame. In short, wax melts can be a convenient alternative to scented candles for many people. If you're curious about trying them for yourself, read on to learn the basics of how to use wax melts below.
1. Get a Wax Melt Warmer
Using wax melts requires a wax warmer. In general, wax melt warmers have several different styles, and you can choose one for purchase among the electric-powered, light bulb-powered and tea light-powered warmers based on your personal preference.
2. Read the Instruction and Get the Wax Melt Warmer Prepared
After open the packaging of your new warmer, read the instructions as well as the safety information throughout carefully. If you have purchased an electric-powered warmer with a light bulb, be sure to remove the plastic cover before you start the melting. Follow the instruction to set up the warmer for the first use. Wipe down the top of your wax warmer, insert the liner into your warmer and assemble any pieces of the wax warmer that are separate.
3. Place a Wax Melt to The Wax Melt Warmer
Most wax melts available for purchase come in large blocks that need to be broken up into 6 – 8 pieces before use. Remove the wax from the package, break off a piece with proper size for a single use and put it to the wax melt warmer. Do not add oil or water to the wax melt after it has been placed in the warmer.
4. Turn on The Wax Warmer
Follow the instruction to turn on the warmer. If it is an electric warmer, plug it into any electrical outlet. Do not let the cord hang over any edge of a counter or a table, and do not let the cord rest on any part of the warmer during the use. Turn to the “on” switch to activate the warmer. If the warmer is not equipped with a timer, make sure to set an additional timer to keep track and remind yourself to turn off the warmer.
5. Enjoy The Lovely Aroma
The melting wax will give off the warm, lovely aroma you've come to love from scented candles. Don’t forget to take some time to relax and enjoy the beautiful, pleasant scent. There are a wide variety wax melt scent selections to choose from, so be sure to experiment to find the one that's perfect for your home.
6. Turn off the Wax Warmer
Once you have finished enjoying the lovely scent of your first wax melt, make sure turn off the wax warmer. After you have turned off the warmer, be sure to disconnect it from the outlet.
7. Safely Remove the Wax
When the wax cools to room temperature, you can remove it from the melting dish. The easiest way to remove the used wax is to pair the wax warmer with a wax liner. This way, after the wax is melted, you can simply remove the entire liner with the wax. Don’t discard the melted wax down to the drain. Once you have removed the used wax, you can clean the wax warmer with paper towel and a generous amount of baby oil or mineral oil.