I am a Wax Melt addict. There, I said it.
I am not making light of addiction, either. It might not actually be an addiction and I might not always walk out of a store with one every time I go shopping… But I most definitely have a compulsion to browse, buy, and hoard wax melts; I have zero willpower when it comes to them- which is how I have wound up with a collection over 60 unique scents deep (and that’s just a count of the scents. That’s not including duplicates and even triplicates of those scents in some instances, and running out of places to store them.
I would, however, feel far more guilty about my hoarding if they were not getting used. At the very least, though, they do not go to waste. My Husband may be unlucky enough to have Hyposmia, but it certainly does not stop us both from being people who like our house to smell pleasing at all times.
But with the regular use of Tart Warmers comes the messiness of wax- the fun stuff that no one ever wants to clean up. When you have to do it so often, though, it becomes much easier.
First things first, however: This method only works for the ceramic portions of certain Tart Warmers which can be removed or separated from their electric elements. It will not be a suitable method to clean all Warmer types- especially those whose electrical components cannot be detached from the warmer. I have also not tested this method with pretty painted glass warmers. Based on my experience with soaking painted glass, however, I do not recommend that you try to do so.
Find yourself a dedicated stock pot- preferably one of the metal variety without a nonstick or other coating; wax does not come off even those easily. If you would like to save yourself at least a little trouble- and not ruin one of your good pots- then I would recommend getting a cheap stockpot that you can toss under the sink with the cleaning products afterwards and forget about until the next time you need to clean something waxy.
Once you have a pot that you can clean waxed items in, start by removing all of the current wax from your Tart Warmers.
I have personally found that it is best to do this when they are cool and the wax is fully solidified. Simply take the tip of a butter knife (though I have a dedicated blade for mine) and push it down the slope of the dish until the wax tart pops up on its own accord. Sometimes they do not do this, but if that happens then just scrape away at it until most of the wax has come up finally.
If you have a Tart Warmer that is a bit more fragile, then you might need to remove the wax using the heated method. Simply turn the Warmer on and heat the wax to the point that it starts to melt, but does not get too hot. You are looking for a temperature that would make it easy to poor, but safe enough to poor into a plastic tart container. Once it has reached that temperature poor it out of the dish and allow both the wax and the Warmer itself to cool before continuing.
Toss the used wax in the trash- or save it for later if it still has a good scent throw. The choice is up to you. Afterwards, move to popping any large wax deposits off of the outside of the warmer if there are any.
Now comes my favorite part because it often makes the house smell nice: Remove the ceramic portions of your Tart Warmers from their electrical components and place them in the bottom of the stock pot. One glass of water at a time, fill the pot with luke warm water until the warmers are covered. Turn the heat on high and allow them to come to a boil. Once boiling, turn the heat off and allow them to sit in the water for at least 10 minutes. Do not allow the water to fully cool, however.
Using a pair of tongs, a fork, or something else, fish them out while they are still warm and place them on a paper towel. With another paper towel, vigorously rub the warmer until the wax film is off the best you can get it- being careful not to burn yourself. After the wax is removed, allow to cool completely until it is safe to reattach them to their electrical components.
And there you go!