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Removing Soot From Candle Jars

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Sometimes candles can burn quite sooty. The black soot sticks to the inside of the candle jar, looking unattractive. This guide contains ideas for removing soot from candle jars.


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February 11, 20052 found this helpful

Rubbing alcohol on a paper towel will remove the black soot from a jar candle.

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February 11, 20050 found this helpful

If you will blow out your candle from time to time and trim the wick to 1/4 inch, it won't soot up as badly. Don't let the wick get too long between trimmings Aunt Sharon from Texas

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June 26, 2007

Does anyone have any good ideas on how to remove soot from the inside of candle jars?

Sherry from Silverdale WA

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June 28, 20070 found this helpful
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I do a quick swipe with a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser. Works great!

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June 28, 20070 found this helpful
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There is a product called Speedy White I buy at my stove and spa store. I spray it on the glass front of my fireplace and the soot comes right off, wiping it with a paper towel or rag. I have used it to get soot out of candle jars too. It works very quickly.

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June 28, 20070 found this helpful
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Just wipe with a cotton ball or paper towel wet with rubbing alcohol. Easy and effective. (Hydrogen peroxide doesn't work, I know because I've tried it!)

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The absolute easiest way to clean the soot from a candle jar is to wipe a dry used fabric softener sheet on the glass. This tip was posted on ThriftyFun and I have had fantastic results. Now we don't toss the used fabric softener sheets!

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June 28, 20070 found this helpful

Soap and water on a paper towel.

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June 28, 20070 found this helpful

I purchased a metal, decorative candle ring, which fits, on the top, of the candle jar. It controls the flame and the jars don't smoke. I bought mine, on a Wal-Mart clearance, months ago, so they may no longer carry them. I also keep the wicks short and don't re-light one without clipping (or pinching) off the top.

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July 1, 20070 found this helpful

Sherry- I would stay away from candles that leave soot around the jars. If a candle is sooty, most likely you're going to end up with ugly black soot on your ceilings as well. Try switching to soy candles-They are much healthier for the environment & you won't have to worry about cleaning up black soot every time you wish to burn a candle!

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December 22, 20070 found this helpful

I've got to second the suggestion above about the Mr. Clean Magic Eraser. My wife and I bought a box about a month ago, and were highly skeptical. So skeptical that we never got around to trying it until just now when I found this tip list because of a sooty candle jar of my own.

So I wiped one out and the candle jar was instantly clean. This was after failing to come clean with soap and water, and then soaking in solvent for two hours, and then trying some bleach, and then trying (from a suggestion elsewhere) a used fabric softener sheet.

None of them would do it, but then the Magic Eraser just picked it right up. My wife and I are now sold on them, and she's gone into a cleaning spree around the house with her new Magic Eraser! Great little item!

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February 5, 20080 found this helpful

The rubbing alcohol worked great!

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October 12, 20130 found this helpful

Used dryer sheets work like a charm!

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