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Cleaning Candle Wax from Glass

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Candle wax can get on your glass candle holder or drip onto a glass surface. When removing it you want to be sure to not damage the glass. This is a guide about cleaning candle wax from glass.


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By 5 found this helpful
September 20, 2011

I used to put the glass votive candle holders in the freezer to 'pop' out the old candle wax and that works, but I have found a much easier way.

I run about 1 teaspoon of water into the glass votive holder from the faucet, then put it in the microwave for 1 minute. Microwaves vary, so run it long enough to completely melt the old wax. Be careful, it gets very hot!

When it's just cool enough to handle, I simply take a paper towel and wipe it out dry. You're done. You don't even have to wash it because it comes out so clean. Obviously you cannot put a metal votive in the microwave, so the freezer is still a good idea for those.

By Patty from East Peoria, IL

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February 21, 2018

To remove the candle wax, left over after burning a candle, I put the container in the freezer. When the wax is frozen, it's easy to pop loose leaving the container practically clean.


All that's needed is a good washing.

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June 20, 20050 found this helpful

The lady who is responsible for cleaning the glass candlesticks on the altar at our church amazed me when she put the candlesticks, which were covered with hardened wax drippings, into the freezer at church. When they were very, very cold, the wax just popped right off.


The errant bits that didn't just fall off required only the nudge of a fingernail. She says she even puts the metal altar candleholders in the freezer and the wax pops right off. I'm a little hesitant to try brass or silver candlesticks in the freezer, but I have cleaned up all my glass ones at home using this method. It works!

By Ronsan

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July 11, 2007

How can I remove candle wax from a glass tabletop?


July 11, 20070 found this helpful

I'm thinking that if you scrape the wax off w/ a single edged razor blade then place a cloth over the residual wax and use a medium hot iron on the cloth it may absorb the rest of it or at least make it easier for you to wipe off what's left. Hope that helps.

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July 11, 20070 found this helpful

First put an ice cube on the wax to chill it well and then use a single edge razor blade (single edge for safety for you!) to scrape the wax off the glass. Any residual should come off with your hair dryer and a paper towel.

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July 11, 20070 found this helpful

Try warming the wax to soften it with a hair-dryer and it should lift pretty easily from the table top with your fingernail.

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By Sheila May (Guest Post)
July 12, 20070 found this helpful

Chill the wax first; scrape it off with an old credit card (I save the ones that come in the mail unsolicited & use them for almost everything that needs scraping). When most of it is removed, let the glass come to room temperature, then place paper towels on top of the residue and heat with a blow dryer. This should clear it up completely.

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