Backflow incense cones rest on their respective burners and therefore cascade smoke and sweet aroma into the room.  The sweet scent emitted is due to the essential oils among other ingredients of the incense. 

Over time the burner gets dirty by the oily remains. The intensity of the oily stains is great at the place where the cone rests; around the hole. At the same time, some will also trail down the hole and settle at the bottom of the burner.  If not cleaned regularly, the once bright and decorative burner emits a foul smell. 

So what’s the best way to clean the backflow incense burner?

Let's find out with in the article below.

3 Steps To Cleaning Backflow Incense Burner

Step 1: Warm water

First heat some water to a moderate temperature. However, it should be warm but friendly to the feel of your hands. Pour the water into a bigger bucket

Step 2: Add ammonia and dish detergent

To the warm water of approximately 3 or 4 liters, add about 1/3 cup of ammonia. If you can’t get ammonia then use the white vinegar in the same volume.

Step 3: Soak a sponge in the solution

Take a sponge and dip it in the solution. Then wring out the excess liquid. Use the sponge to gently wipe or scrub the area where the cone normally rests. 

Having loosened the oily residue at the top, trace down the smoke path to the bottom where the smoke usually collects. Scrub the path several times to loosen the stuck dirt.

Use the sponge to wipe the burner on all sides.

Use a sponge to clean backflow incense burner

Use a sponge to clean backflow incense burner

Alternative Method

If the surface surrounding the backflow hole is wide enough then use this alternative method. Block the hole at the top, but make sure that you can easily unblock it after the cleaning exercise.

 Having covered that hole, fill that entire surface with the liquid dishwasher soap. Pour another layer of baking soda. Let the baking soda cover completely the liquid soap detergent.

Repeat the procedure to the basin or the bottom of the burner where the smoke and trials of oily residue collect.

Let the setup rests for a few hours. During that time, the baking soda and the liquid soap detergent will work on the stain and loosen them.

After about an hour or so, scrape off the places with hot water. A sponge may help you to wipe out the soap remains and baking soda. 

Rinse a few more time with hot water to remove any stain that remains.

Can use baking soda  to clean backflow incense burner

Can use baking soda to clean backflow incense burner

How Do You Clean The Hollow Hard To Reach Parts?

To clean the hollow path followed by the smoke, you need to immerse the whole burner in warm water. Measure about 3 or 4 liters of water and bring it to a moderately warm temperature.

Pour the hot water into a larger container that can accommodate the backflow incense burner. Measure 1/3 a cup of white vinegar and some liquid soap detergent then add it into the bucket of hot water.

Having mixed the solution, gently immerse the backflow burner into the hot water. Let it stay for a while underwater. The mixture of hot water, soap detergent, and ammonia will loosen and scrape off the oil stains.

Finally, remove the burner and rinse it in warm water a few more times. Wipe off the excess water with a dry sponge.

You can use detergents to clean backflow incense holder

You can use detergents to clean backflow incense holder


You don’t have to wait until the oily residue produces a foul overpowering smell. Clean your burner regularly as described above and it will forever remain shiny. Remember to exercise caution while cleaning it. Most backflow burners are made of fragile materials; at the slightest knock, they may break.

So next time your backflow burner gets dirty you know what to do right?

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