Electric wax warmers are able to diffuse the scent into your home or office, without an open flame. This allows you to add fragrance to your home without the risk of anything catching fire. Electric melters can become a safety hazard if left on too long. This can cause it to overheat, electrical wire damage, and become a trip hazard.
There are tealight wax warmers that use a tealight candle to slowly melt the wax cubes. This is absolutely flammable because of the flame just like a regular candle. It's a fire hazard to leave this type of wax warmer unattended or turned on for extended amounts of time.
So how long is too long to leave a wax warmer on?
Are Wax Warmers Safe to Leave On?
You should always be very careful about leaving any wax warmer unattended. Especially if you live in a household with pets or children, the wire from the warmer or the tealight candle can be incredibly dangerous.
With an electric warmer, you should only use it as instructed. There should be directions that come with your specific type of warmer that you should follow. For tealight warmers, the light usually extinguishes by itself within 4-8 hours. However, you should not rely on it extinguishing by itself and should make sure to turn it off once you no longer need it.
Is it Safe to Leave a Plugin Wax Warmer on All Night?
You can't safely leave a plugin wax warmer on all night. It can overheat and cause electric wire troubles.
How Long Can you Burn a Wax Melt?
It's best to read the specific brand and wax melt's instructions on how much burn time you will get. Usually, the burn time for a wax cube is about 8-12 hours more or less depending on the brand that you choose.
It's best not to leave a wax burner on for 8-12 hours at a time to preserve the scent. You should test out and see how warm your wax burner gets and how fast. If your wax melter heats up quickly, you may only need to plug it in for a little while to fragrance your entire room. This also means that your wax cubes can run out of scent more quickly.
You should research the brand you are buying from to see if they sell both wax melts and accompanying wax melters. Sometimes they will state that you should use only their wax melters since they have formulated their wax cubes to be heated up at the temperature their melters are set to.
When Should You Throw out a Wax Melt?
Wax melts do not evaporate like candles. Instead, if your wax melts aren't releasing any scent then it's time to toss it out and grab a new cube. Some wax cubes you'll be able to use for 8 hours and others for up to 15 hours. Just pay attention to when you aren't noticing any more fragrance, and you can grab some more cubes to start again.