Change out fragrances in a snap with these Scentsy wax hacks!

Scentsy Bars are kind of addictive, aren’t they?

Swapping out scents, trying different fragrance combinations — wax is a way of life for Scentsy fans, and so is wax clean-up.

It can be tricky to rid a warmer of old wax to make room for a new, fresh bar. We’ve discovered some handy hacks over the years for easy wax clean-up, so you can focus on the important part: having fun with fragrance!

Wipe away wax with Scentsy Cotton Cleanup

Cotton Cleanup pads are the easiest way to clean wax out of your Scentsy Warmer! These convenient pads are capable of absorbing four cubes worth of wax from your warmer dish and are perfectly sized to get the job done. Worried about running out of pads? Add them to a Scentsy Club subscription to receive regular shipments (along with some great perks)!

Out of Cotton Cleanup pads? Try one of these tricks:

  • Put a ribbon at the bottom of your warmer dish — be sure an end is sticking out on one side! — then when it’s time to swap out the wax, unplug your warmer, let the wax cool, then grab the end of the ribbon to pop out the whole piece.
  • When the wax is still melted, drop a cotton ball in the warmer dish (typically one cotton ball per cube of wax) and let it soak up all the wax, then remove and toss in the trash.
  • Pour liquid wax in the trash (never down the drain!), then wipe the warmer dish clean with a paper towel.
  • Turn off your warmer and let the wax cool. Next, turn it back on and let the wax get a little soft —it will then slide out of the dish and into the trash in one piece.
  • Do not use a knife to pry the wax out. We’ve found that this often scratches or breaks warmer dishes. If you scratch or break your dish trying to remove wax this way, the damage is not covered by your warmer’s warranty.

What if you spill your wax? Accidents happen — but there’s no use crying over spilt wax! Thankfully, wax is easily removed from most household surfaces if you have the right technique. Check out our wax spill guide for step-by-step clean up instructions.

Also, did you know that storing your wax properly is a must? Simply store your Scentsy Bars in a cool, dry place like a closet — never in direct sunlight! — so they’ll be protected from the elements. See our wax storage guide for more ideas!

Do you have any cool (or warm!) wax hacks to share? Let us know in the comments!


  1. Patsy aka HappyKarma

    Hey … you seem to have missed the basic “pour your wax that’s not quite finished being fragrant back into the its original container to be used again later”.

  2. Jeannie Briney

    Soak up the warm wax with a paper napkin and tuck the paper into a small paper bathroom cup…makes great firestarter for the fireplace!

    • Sherri Morrison

      Use the wax soaked cotton clean ups or cotton balls as fire starters!

  3. Kristy

    In the past (it wasn’t a Scentsy warmer, btw) I would put my wax dish in the freezer, after the wax and dish were cooled. I would put my wax dish in the freezer for about 5-10 minutes. The wax will harden, and pop right out of the dish! No mess! I have recently been using the cotton ball method!

  4. Shan

    Instead of a knife use the plastic clamshell cintainers top edge to pop the hardened wax out of the dish. I also use cotton balls to soak up used wax and stuff inside a use toilet paper roll to use as Firestarter when we go camping.

  5. Amy Upperman

    My favorite way to remove the wax from all of my warmers is to let the wax harden and use my Tupperware plastic citrus peeler to pop out the entire piece of wax. It comes out of the dish all in one piece and leaves the dish clean and the plastic doesn’t scratch my dish either. I call it my ‘wax getter-outter”!

  6. Luna

    I like to use wooden chopsticks to remove mine in one solid mass. Safer and less destructive than using a knife.

    • Scentsy

      Great tip!

    • Beau Surratt

      That’s exactly what I just did. Great tip!

  7. Jessica Oropeza

    Even better yet, ask your consultant for a super awesome, Scentsy spatula! No scratch, easy peasy way to remove semi-solid wax? the knife is a no go!

    • Kimberly Connel

      Not finding spatula with search…

      • Scentsy

        Hi Kimberly, the spatulas can be ordered through a Scentsy Consultant only as they are not available on their normal website. ?

  8. DJ Harrell

    How do you get the smell out of the scentsy when you change scents?

    • Scentsy

      Hi DJ, you can simply use a paper towel after pouring out the wax to wipe any excess out of the dish. After it’s been wiped out, put in the new wax you wish to use and you’re good to go!

  9. Lisa A

    Can you put a Scentsy element warmer (cow) in freezer to get melt out easy? Will that hurt the Scentsy warmer putting it in freezer? They should have put a little dish that can come out of the cow warmer so that you can put the little dish in the freezer. That is the best way to get wax out of a dish, burner etc. pops right out and leaves the dish clean. Rather than making a mess putting in cotton balls and soaking it up etc. so I would like to know if you can put the whole cow element warmer in the freezer and will that hurt it? Might be best in your next designs to have a removable dish.

    • Scentsy

      We do not suggest doing that. There are no tests we have done on what you are asking to do, but that could certainly make the warmer not function properly. Cotton balls are the best way to remove wax from the dish. The Cotton Clean Ups we offer are a great size to use and soak up the wax perfectly.

  10. Beth R

    I do the same but in an old egg carton ?

  11. Cindy

    I use the dryer lint to soak up old wax, then put it in our wood stove as a fire starter. Works great!

  12. Debbie

    Our wax should never be burned in a fireplace as the paraffin wax can cause build up in the flue which can result in a chimney fire. This warning came from a firefighter friend.

  13. Bev

    My scentsy has developed a residue in the wax holder. Can I wash the scentsy wax holder with warm water and dish soap to remove the built in residue?

    • Scentsy

      Hi Bev. We do not suggest using any products to clean the dish, as it can remove any finishes. Heating up the wax or any remaining residue and then wiping it clean with a soft cloth works best.

  14. Nikkie

    Why do I get brown spots in the bottom of my dishes that will not come clean? Any ideas to help with this?

    • Scentsy

      Hi Nikkie. Heating up the wax or any remaining residue and then wiping it clean with a soft cloth works best. Typically you will see residue when the wax mixes with dust in the air.

  15. Marci

    I do this every time

  16. Deana Moore

    I use cotton balls, but have recently been using the Scentsy spatula to clean the dish(es) better getting out the cotton balls…

    Here’s a tip, if you have a fire pit or go camping and have one…. I put my used cotton balls in a recycled Washer Wiffs tub…. When it’s full I empty them into a plastic store bag…. Then come summer, we use in our back yard fire pit! Great helping the fire start and it always smells nice!

  17. Jocelyne

    I find that placing the removed wax in a small vented container (you can also use a perforated plastic lunch bag) helps deodorize my garbage cans, drawers… I also recycle the used wax to add a little fragrance to my homemade candles. Lastly, I tuck some of the used wax in pots with artificial plants.

  18. Rita Prows

    I clean my warmer dishes the Scentsy all purpose cleaner. It wipes right out, no scrubbing needed! I too get a brown residue occasionally and I always change my wax when it’s melted because I have my warmers on 24/7. After I soak the wax with a cotton cleanup or cotton balls I wipe it with a paper towel and that does not always remove the residue.

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