Scenting Your Home : Tips for Using Wax Melts or Tarts

Scenting Your Home : Tips for Using Wax Melts or Tarts
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Wax melts are easy to use and scent your home with the same type of fragrances as candles but usually they are more scented and work more quickly. Potpourri melts are called many different things, depending on where you buy them: tarts, hearts, or waffle bars. The tarts are a little larger and you use them one at a time. There are also small melts that you break up and can use 2 or 3 at a time. These are usually called waffle bars or something similiar. I like the ones from Candle Bay . They are very scented and I only have to use 2 or 3 at a time in my burner. All tarts are made of wax but they are highly scented so you can use them over and over until the fragrance has been used up, which varies with different brands. At the end of the article I have some resources for tarts that I used and have been happy with.
Place the burner on an even surface free from drafts. Keep away from anything that could catch on fire such as curtains, doilies, tablecloths etc. Much the same as the precautions for using candles.

Clean the potpourri burner after each use to avoid a build-up of soot. Do not use a votive or other candle to heat your burner. Use ONLY tealights.

Make sure the pot is always at least 1/2 full when using. Don't let it get down too low. Don't add water or oil to the chips. Place them in the burner and they will slowly melt and scent the air.

Use pots that have plenty of ventilation. An example of one that didn't was a pot made by Candle-lite in 2001 that ended up having to be recalled due to the fire that was shooting out the small hole in the bottom because it wasn't designed properly. The tea light should be about 3 inches from the bottom of the part that holds the wax, and as much as 5 inches.

NEVER move the burner while the wax is liquid or the liquid you have in it is hot. This could cause some nasty burns, so set it where you want it before the tea light is burning.

I personally love using melts. I find the selection is better online than locally at the stores I go to, but every city or town is different. Try different scents and brands to discover what is best for you!

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Brenda Hyde is a freelance writer living on ten acres in rural Michigan with her husband and three kids. She is a mom, grandma, gardener, cook and writer. She blogs on all of these topics at


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