Melting wax cubes is a great way to add fragrance to your home and make it feel fresher. Not wanting to spend the money on a wax warmer can seem like a roadblock in the wax cube method, though. But just because you don’t own a wax warmer doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy wax cubes. How do you use wax cubes without the warmer, though?
There are many different ways that you can use wax cubes without needing a warmer. In this post, I’ll go over 5 ways that you can use them and you may already have the necessary materials at home. These methods are quick and easy so you’ll be able to enjoy the fragrance from the wax cubes no matter which one you choose to use.
Just because you don’t have a wax warmer doesn’t mean you have to completely give up on wanting to use wax cubes. You’ll be able to use these methods I’m about to provide you with and your home will be filled with fragrance effortlessly.
5 Ways to Use Wax Cubes without a Warmer
1. Mason Jar Method
The mason jar method is a good method for someone that isn’t prohibited from using candles. To use this method, you’ll need a tealight candle (full review), mason jar, a lighter (full review) or match long enough to reach inside the jar, and a shallow dish. This method is probably the most complicated on this list but it’s by no means too difficult to do.
First, place your tealight candle in the bottom of the mason jar. Using your lighter or match, light the candle inside. Then, place the shallow dish on top of the opening of the jar and place a few wax cubes in the dish. The heat from the candle will heat up the cubes and melt them, throwing the fragrance as it does.
2. Stove Method
The stove method is perfect for someone who can’t use candles in their homes. To use this method, you’ll need your stove, a small and medium pot, and water. This is a method that nearly anyone can do because these are common household objects.
To start, you’ll need to warm a small amount of water in the medium sized pot. Then, place the smaller pot in the water and put your wax cubes in the smaller pot. In order to assure an easy clean up, you can place a coffee filter inside the smaller pot before putting the wax in it. The filter will keep the wax contained so you won’t need to scrub your pot to get the wax out of it.
3. Microwave Method
This is another method that doesn’t utilize a flame. For this method, you’ll need a microwave safe bowl, preferably glass, and your wax cubes. Place your wax melts into the bowl, using a coffee filter to line it if you choose, and then put the bowl in the microwave. Turn the microwave on for 10 seconds and then stir the wax before repeating the process until your wax is at a honeylike consistency.
Once it’s melted to the right consistency, place the bowl wherever you want the fragrance to spread. The warm wax will give off the fragrance. Once it hardens again, you can repeat the process if you’d like.
4. Hot Plate Method
This flameless method is great to use but may not be the one most people gravitate to because not everyone has a hot plate on hand. If you do, though, this is a great method to take advantage of. You’ll need the hot plate, a bowl or shallow that is safe to heat up, and your wax cubes.
Place the bowl on top of the burner, making sure that the burner is at a low setting so that the wax and bowl don’t get too hot. Put a few wax cubes in your bowl or dish and let the wax melt as it heats up.
5. Cold Throw Method
This method only involves only a few products, your wax melts and a dish to place them in. A cold throw refers to the fragrance that comes off of the wax without having it heat up. The quality of the cold throw varies with each brand of wax melts. Some brands won’t give you a strong enough cold throw to consider using this method, but others will give you a strong enough throw to have the same cubes out for days.
If you choose to reuse unscented wax, you can make it strong enough so that you can get a good cold scent throw. Then, when the scent dissipates from the wax cubes after you use the cold throw method, you can add more fragrance again.
Why Choose Wax Cubes?
Using wax cubes is easy and convenient but it isn’t always the first choice for people. Many people choose to use candles as their first choice, which makes sense because it’s the more widespread, popular option. Not many people think of wax cubes before candles. But candles aren’t always the best option.
If you live in an apartment or a dorm room, candles may not be an option. Contractually, apartments and dorm rooms don’t typically allow you to burn candles. This is because of the fire hazard it poses and the potential damage that can come from candles. Candles release soot, which can stain walls while the candle is burning and if you blow the candle out with your breath as a method of extinguishing it.
With wax melts, you don’t have to worry about fire or stains from soot. Wax melts don’t require a flame to melt so there is little to no fire hazard with them. Also, because they don’t need a flame to melt, the wax cubes don’t produce soot so you won’t have to worry about anything staining your walls.
You also have the opportunity to get creative and customize your wax cubes when melting them. By placing two or three different fragranced wax cubes into the melting dish, or whatever you’re using to melt the cubes, you’re going to create a brand new fragrance that is effortlessly blended together. You can do this with candles but it won’t be blended as well as the wax cubes will be.
Another reason wax cubes are a great choice is because you can reuse the wax. The wax doesn’t heat up enough to melt so when the fragrance has been used up, you’re left with unscented wax. If you have any essential oils, you can just melt the wax again, add the oils, and let it harden to have new wax cubes.
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Caring for Your Wax Cubes
When using wax cubes, you want to make sure you’re caring for them so that they last as long as it can. When you’re finished melting your cubes, make sure you store them in an air tight container. By using an airtight container, you’re ensuring that the scent doesn’t dissipate while you’re not using it.
You’ll also want to make sure you store them in a dark, cool place. If you store them in the kitchen, make sure it’s nowhere near the stove. Any heat that the wax cubes are exposed to will make the scent dissipate. By following these simple care tips, you’ll be able to keep your wax cubes full of fragrance until you want to use them.
While candles are the more popular option for adding fragrance to your home, it’s not the only option, nor is it always the best option. When you can’t or don’t want to use candles, wax cubes are a great alternative. Don’t let not having a wax warmer stop you from using the wax cubes, either. There are several different methods you can utilize to use your wax melts.
In this post, I’ve outlined five methods but you can use any creativity you have to come up with other methods, too, as long as they’re safe.