How to clean a backflow incense burner

It is important to clean your incense burner at least once a month, depending on use. Backflow incense burners can become unpleasant when overdue for a cleaning. Incense may have a pleasant aroma, but over time the sticky resin builds up and creates a bad smell on the burner. If your incense holder is filthy, it becomes much more difficult to enjoy the full benefits you could be if your burner was clean.

With a couple easy steps and some natural ingredients you can get your backflow burner as good as new.


In this Article

  • Basic Cleaning
  • Cleaning Tough Areas
  • Maintaining your Backflow Burner

What you need

  • Sink
  • Coarse Salt
  • Clean Water
  • Rubbing alcohol or vinegar
  • Paper towels
  • Latex Gloves

Basic Cleaning

  1. Rinse and fill the incense burner with very warm water. Depending on how dirty your burner is, this should remove most of the oily remains left by the incense.
  2. Add coarse salt and rubbing alcohol (or vinegar) into the bottom vase of the burner.
  3. Allow the burner to soak for several minutes and swirl the mixer so it cleans properly.
  4. Pour out the solution from the bottom vase and rinse the burner again with warm water.

Turn On Kitchen Sink

Your incense burner may be satisfyingly clean by now. However, if you feel the incense burner needs further cleaning then please continue below.


Cleaning Tough Areas

  1. After rinsing the backflow burner with very warm water, place it into a ziploc or plastic bag.
  2. Fill the bag with your desired solution. Usually rubbing alcohol and salt are the most effective mixture. Alternatively, you can also use vinegar and baking soda or lemon juice as the cleaning solution.
  3. Close the bag and shake the burner for about 2 - 5 minutes.
  4. Remove the burner from the bag and rinse with very warm water.
  5. If the channels of the waterfall burner need to be cleaned further then use a cotton swab dipped in rubbing alcohol to clean those areas.
  6. Once you are done rinsing the burner, make sure all the water is poured out of the burner. Then allow to air dry or you can dry it yourself with a paper towel.

Maintaining your Backflow Burner

Below are some tips to keep your burner clean between deep cleans.

  1. Rinse your burner with warm water regularly to keep it in good condition. All you need is an empty sink and very warm water.
  2. Don’t use your burner when it is wet, make sure it is properly dry before you use it.
  3. If you use your backflow incense burner daily, then you should give it a deep clean at least once a week.

Take away

Cleaning your backflow incense burner should be a simple task, if you rinse it off with warm water after each use. If you hold off on cleaning your incense burner, then the buildup may be too difficult to clean with just water. The more regularly you clean your burner the easier it is to clean.


Please reach out if you have any questions about cleaning and maintaining your backflow incense burner.

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