Thursday, June 7, 2012

How to clean wax from candle holders

So many times I've used a candle holder with a bright colored candle and 'ruined' it with leftover wax. Afterwards I would get all sad and think "well guess I can only use [insert color here] candles from now on." I did this to like 7 different candle holders last Christmas when I used red candles. That was until I discovered a great way to clean them!

In the past I've used a butter knife to scrape out stubborn wax after burning a candle, but the holders were never completely clean, until now!

This is SO easy, and it only takes a minute!

Here's my dirty candle holder. complete with burnt on wick and lime green wax residue.

To get rid of the gunk, boil some water, I used my teapot.

Once it started whistling I poured the water in the holder and filled it up to the top

Let it sit for 30 seconds and bring all the wax and residue to the surface

You can't tell but there was green wax floating on the surface

Dump out your water! (Note: I wouldn't recommend pouring it down the sink, as the wax residue will harden and can cause clogs over time)

Wipe out any remaining wax with a paper towel, it will slide right off :)
You may have to add more water and do it again if you have a lot of left over wax


Check out the before and after!

Hooray! Ready for a new candle!

p.s. here's a cute picture of Fi playing with Athena just because

Happy cleaning :)

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1 comment:

  1. This is one of the best tips ever! I've tried so many ways to clean my crystal candle holders - it took forever and they never came totally clean. I tried this and ... BAM! sparkling clean, shiny, brand new looking candle holders in a minute!