I clean up my wax utensils by putting them in boiling water, and wiping off the wax before it cools with a paper towel. It does a pretty good job, but I have equipment set aside, just for wax. I would not even think about dumping anything wax related down the drain. Outside Only!
Oven on low temp. Put utensils on paper towels over newspapers on rack. Let them warm up and wipe them clean with paper towels then wash or put in dishwasher. The temp in the oven is too low to burn paper or melt plastic on utensils. But, watch it for safety's sake.
I strongly second Michael's point about NOT using the wife's utensils. That having been said, I use Walmart Supertech brake cleaning spray fluid. It readily cuts the wax and propolis and leaves no residue. After cleaning the utensils, THOROUGHLY wash them in hot soapy water. Then beg forgiveness from the wife.
I spent $20 at the local mission/used furniture store and bought all of the wax processing equipment that will ever need. There's a lot of good stuff at these stores and you won't have any kitchen battles with your spouse.
I have kitchen equipment set aside to melt wax for my beeswax paintings. Little to no clean up. I bought them at Dollar Tree. It's amazing what you can find there. I also use a drop cloth for the floor and newspapers on the tables when I'm melting wax.
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