Can You Leave A Wax Warmer On All Night? (Safety Advice)

If you have just started using wax melts, you most likely have many questions about how to use them. One of such questions could be, can you leave your wax warmer all night?

In this helpful guide, I will answer this question and a couple of others regarding wax warmers.

Wax melts are little bits of wax that, when heated, emit a scent. ( read this guide if you would like to learn more about wax melts).

They don’t have a wick or a flame. Thus, they provide less of a fire danger. Wax warmers are becoming even more popular than conventional candles. This is because it not only adds more life to your room due to the patterns, but it can also make your home smell beautiful at the same time. To minimize mistakes, it is critical to know if you can leave it on all night or how long you may leave it on.

A photo of my electric wax warmer
Even though electric wax warmers do not have a flame it is advisable not to leave them on all night.

Is it safe to leave an electric wax warmer on all night?

It is not safe to sleep with a wax warmer left on, this is even the case with an electric wax warmer. There is a risk of overheating, and several other things that can go wrong can go wrong.

Out of the two types of wax warmers, electric wax warmers are generally the safest of the two as they rely on a light bulb to produce the heat which in turn melts the wax melt.

For this reason there is no hazard of a flame catching light to anything.

However there is still potential for issues. Leaving an electric wax warmer on for too long could cause it to overheat. Most manufacturers say that you can leave your electric wax warmer on for a maximum of 10 hours, which is generally more than an average person sleeps. However is it really worth the risk?

Check out this electric wax warmer which is my recommendation as a safe wax warmer. It is the one that I use in my home.


Using a tea light wax warmer and leaving it on all night while you sleep is a definite bad idea. This is because a tea light wax warmer uses an actual candle to produce the heat that melts the wax.

Anything could happen during the night when you are asleep that causes the flame from the tea light to catch fire to something outside of the wax warmer. This is even more so of a worry if you have pets in your home which could accidentally know over the wax warmer.

Please, whatever you do, do not leave a tea light wax warmer on when you are going to sleep. If you feel yourself getting tired, extinguish the flame immediately.


When purchasing a wax warmer, it is advisable to read the manufacturer’s directions to determine how long you should leave it on. However, it is usually preferable not to leave it on for more than eight to ten hours. In most situations, the odor will dissipate within four hours.

All wax warmers come with instruction manuals that tell you just how long you should leave it on before it becomes dangerous. It is dependent not only on the precise sort of wax warmer you are purchasing but also on the wax itself.

In any case, wax warmers should not be left on for more than eight hours. Not only is it worthless since the scent disintegrates after a while, but it turns into hot wax. By that time, the wax is also more difficult to remove.

Aside from that, it may be quite dangerous. The major cause for concern is that these wax warmers have a tendency to overheat. That can be dangerous since it can not only rupture or spew hot wax, but it can also land on something combustible and start a fire.

Do wax warmers turn off automatically?

It is dependent on the type of wax warmer you choose. When it comes to tea light wax warmers, they eventually extinguish themselves once the entire amount of wax is used up from the tea light candle. This can take about four to eight hours, however it should not be left on unattended.

Electric wax warmers can be left on for as long as you like, but bear in mind that leaving them on for more than ten hours can be dangerous. You should still not leave it on all night though especially if you are asleep,

There are also many new technologies on the market, and it is worth mentioning that there are electric candle warmers available nowadays that have the capability of automatically turning off before it becomes a risk. 

Safety tips for wax warmers.

Even though these are far safer than candles and flamed melters, we must nevertheless exercise caution while using them in the home.

To begin, because it is an electrical device, always take the same safety precautions as you would with any other electrical item. As a result, always follow the directions for usage included in the package.

Following that, never leave a wax melter alone. When leaving it alone, always switch it off or unplug it.

When melting wax in your melter, keep it away from pets. The melted wax can get extremely hot, resulting in burns. Also, before removing spent wax, ensure that the wax has solidified and the warmer has cooled.

Keep the wax burner away from any liquids, as you would any other electrical item. If you spill something on your warmer, make sure to switch it off and unplug it straight away. Do not use the warmer until you are certain that it has completely dried and is not damaged.

By following these easy guidelines, you may use your wax melter without fear of fire, burns, or electrical shock, while also leaving your house smelling warm and welcoming.


I really hope this guide has helped and would help prevent any unforeseen catastrophes. Although wax melters are safe, you should not leave them on all night.

It can be quite dangerous since you will be in a deep slumber and will be unable to notice any changes in your candle warmer. It is preferable if you follow the directions and never use it for any longer than the time specified in the instruction booklet that came with your warmer.

Andrew Scents and Aroma