How to Clean Oil Incense Burners

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How to Clean Oil Incense Burners
A sponge cleans the surface without causing scratches. (sponge blue image by robert mobley from

Oil incense burners need to be cleaned after each use. This prevents the build up of debris on the incense burner, removes stains and prevents scents mixing. Old oil in the bottom or side of the burner can mix with new oil, creating a foul or odd scent combination. The oil incense burner also needs to be cleaned before being stored. The oil can leak out and damage surrounding items, like boxes and blankets. The oil causes a slick satin.

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Things you need

  • Grease-removing dish soap
  • Water
  • Rubbish bin
  • Sponge
  • Spray bottle
  • White distilled vinegar

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  1. 1

    Stop a sink drain. Pour two to three drops of dish soap into the sink.

  2. 2

    Turn on the hot water. Fill the sink halfway with water.

  3. 3

    Remove the wick. Dump out any leftover oil into a rubbish bin. Large amounts of oil clog up sinks, causing backups.

  4. 4

    Place the incense burner in the water. Let it soak for 10 minutes.

  5. 5

    Wipe out the inside and outside of the incense burner with the soapy water and sponge. Scrub off any stains or scorch marks with the sponge.

  6. 6

    Drain the sink. Rinse off the incense burner with water. Set aside to dry.

  7. 7

    Wipe off the wick holder with the sponge. Some wick holders are removable.

  8. 8

    Rinse out the sponge with water until it no longer feels oily.

  1. 1

    Pour white distilled vinegar into a spray bottle until it is halfway full.

  2. 2

    Dump out any remaining oil into a rubbish bin. The extra oil in the burner will only make a bigger mess.

  3. 3

    Spray the inside and outside of the oil incense burner with vinegar until the entire burner is soaked. The vinegar will start removing the oil residue immediately.

  4. 4

    Wipe down the surface with the sponge using small circular motions. The acid in the vinegar removes the oil and other stains.

  5. 5

    Rinse the sponge. Allow the vinegar to air dry.

Tips and warnings

  • Wait until the oil incense burner is completely cooled before cleaning it.

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