You’ve done it. You’ve conquered an amazing feat–you’ve made an AMAZING product all by yourself. You took that bull by the horns and owned that lip balm/deodorant/cold cream…and it looks absolutely beautiful! Except…
The clean up.
And nothing can damper an incredible DIY experience like a frustrating, messy clean-up process, right? Don’t worry. I’ve got you covered, and I have a few tricks that will make clean up a snap.
Tip #1: Clean Immediately Afterwards
Whatever you melted your product in–whether it was a Pyrex measuring cup or a mason jar–try to clean it immediately after you pour it, while the waxy mixture is still in a liquid state. This might mean that your jar is a bit hot, so I usually hold the jar with a hand towel and then use my other hand to do the cleaning.
Tip #2: Save Your Sink & Trash the Excess
Pour out any excess mixture in the trash before trying to wipe out the jar (absolutely don’t pour it down the sink, because as soon as it hardens it will be a recipe for clogged pipes!).
Tip #3: Paper Towels, Not Cloth
Use PAPER TOWELS ONLY to wipe out your jar. You definitely don’t want to use cloth towels to clean the mixture out of the jar–as soon as it hardens it will ruin your towels and you’ll be very sad. Wipe the inside of your jar as thoroughly as possible with the paper towels, trying to get every last bit out.
Tip #4: Don’t Gunk Up Your Dishwasher
Throw your jar in the dishwasher only after you’ve wiped it out as thoroughly as possible, and then wash on hot.
Tip #5: You Can Always Reheat It
If you accidentally waited too long to wipe out your jar and the mixture has hardened, don’t worry! You can put your jar into the microwave on HIGH for 10-15 seconds at a time to melt it down again (then follow the advice from Tip #1-Tip #4). Just like when you are melting the whole thing, do not put your mixture in the microwave for longer bursts than 10-15 seconds because anything with beeswax has a low flash point and can actually start on fire if you make it too hot.
Alternatively, you can wait until your jar is totally cool to the touch and submerge halfway in a pot of cool water, heating the jar and the water up together on the stovetop (the double boiler method). The key here is making sure the water and the jar are the same temperature so there is no extreme temp difference that cracks the jar.
Your happiness should not be dampened by a messy or frustrating clean up. Rejoice in your incredible accomplishment and make sure your clean up is one of the easiest parts of the process. Hope these tips help!