How to Clean a Backflow Incense Burner - Step by Step [With Images]

A backflow incense burner is a marvelous piece of art - with its aromatic fragrance and magical waterfall effect, the incriminating workmanship reflects how amazing these decors are. As magical as they seem, they do have some special set of instructions that should be taken care of from time to time.

For instance, when you burn an incense burner, the ashes accumulate on the designed collector of the burner. Over time, the burner gets dirty and retains oily remains. The trail of the smoke itself leaves a fluffy mesh type to reside which when not cleaned on time, can emit a foul smell.

So, it's very important to maintain your burner cleanliness and pristine condition in order to maintain its magical effect. In this post, we've shared a step-by-step process on how you can clean your backflow incense burner.

The cleanliness of Incense Burner is Essential

We all love the cascading smoke of the incense waterfall effect. With its frequent use, the essential oils present in the cones settle on the burner, leaving an oily mesh residue behind. This not only affects the fragrance of the burner but also affects the waterfall effect.

Don't worry, cleaning your incense burner is as simple as using it. Just follow the steps we've mentioned below and maintain the pristine beauty of the backflow waterfall effect.


Cleaning Incense Burner – Easy Method

For daily cleaning, you can follow the easy method provided below

  • Remove the incense cone from the burner
  • Wipe down the burner with a soft cloth dampened
  • Make sure you don't apply force in it
  • Damp one side of the cloth with water and clean it

Note: This method is preferable for daily usage, however, if your burner is really dirty and you can't lift off the oily residue with cloth, follow the method provided below.

Cleaning Incense Burner – The Pro Method

This deep cleaning method is the ultimate solution that can help you properly remove all the oily stinks and other residues from the burner. Depending on how much you use the incense burner, a deep cleaning session is beneficial twice every week.

Things you need:

  • Your dirty incense burner (of course)
  • A bowl for cleaning
  • Warm water
  • Dish soap
  • Nail polish remover
  • Some Q-Tips
  • A cloth

Step 1: Fill the bucket with water and add dish soap

Fill the bucket with water and add dish soap

Add the bowl of your choice to the sink and fill it with warm water. Once filled, add 2-3 drops of dish soap and mix the water until you see bubbles.

Step 2: Disassemble your burner

Disassemble your burner

Depending on the type of burner you're using, you might have to disassemble all the parts from your burner. If you have a burner with a glass section, make sure to remove it with care.

Note: If your backflow burner has electronic components, Do Not submerge the electronic part in the water.

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Step 3: Soak your burner into the water for 10 minutes
Soak your burner into the water for 10 minutes

Carefully submerge your burner into the warm water and let it soak for about 10 minutes. The oily resides will automatically loosen after soaking.

Step 4: Rinse and Clean

Cleaning the burner

Now, take your burner out from the water and gently wipe down all the sides using a soft cloth. Make sure to reach all the edges of the burner.

Step 5: Clean the cascading trial with nail polish remover

Clean the burner with nail polish

Apply a little bit of Nail polish to one side of the Q-Tips. Clean any stubborn residue with it. If you don’t have Nail polish, you can use soap or vinegar as well.

Step 6: Rinse with clean water & set aside to dry

Incense burner drying

Finally, rinse the burner with fresh water. Make sure that the soap and nail polish are completely removed. Place the burner on the paper towel and let it dry for about 15-20 minutes.

And that’s pretty much it, now light one incense cone and enjoy the beautiful scenery of the waterfall effect.


Cleaning is a necessary part of the rejuvenation process. You don't have to wait for the oily residue to build up and block the inner circle of the burner. Clean your burner as soon as you light 2-3 candles per day.

Remember to exercise caution as most incense burners are made of ceramic material. This material is fragile and can be easily broken during cleaning.


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