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Cleaning Candle Wax from Candle Sticks

February 20, 2005

Try spritzing the inside of your candle holders/votive cups, etc. with a little non-stick spray before you put in a new candle and light it. The clean up from the wax is a snap!

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May 14, 2015

To remove wax from a metal or glass candlestick, turn on oven and place item on tray lined with baking paper.

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The easiest way to avoid a problem with cleaning any of your candlesticks or candle holders of any type is simply spray a small bit of "Pam" onto the bottom of your candle holders whether they are sticks or votive holders, tea lights, etc.

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September 15, 2011

Put the candle sticks in hot water. When wax softens, peel it off. Do this again if the melting is not complete. Have an old cloth ready to rub the stick while it is still a bit warm. This will take off the final residue.

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When washing dishes with Dawn, I put the washables with wax on them in the dish water. Voila! The wax just slid off. I tried placing a warm sponge with the dish water on the wax on the counter top and again, the wax just slid off. So I tried it with a washable tea towel. It worked again.

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November 4, 2013

I have acrylic candlesticks that have a thin layer of wax leftover from attempts to clean them in hot water. This process left a thin coating of wax. How can I get it off?

By Pat B

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November 11, 20130 found this helpful

Candle wax is much easier to remove when it is cold and brittle. Place the candle holder in the freezer for approximately 1/2 an hour and the wax should remove very easily. It will probably pop out if you tap the candle holder. If not, a knife should pop it right out.

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November 12, 20130 found this helpful

Try heating it with a blow dryer and then wiping with a dry rag.

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April 9, 2012

How can I get candle wax off of a metal menorah?

By Shirley

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April 9, 20120 found this helpful

Put it in the freezer for several hours and then you will be able to pop the wax off.

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April 10, 20120 found this helpful

Depending on the metal, you could also dip it in boiling water to heat-melt the wax.

Cleaning an heirloom one, though, presents a different situation altogether. Have you asked around after Temple, or at one of the ladies group get together?

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November 23, 20130 found this helpful

Put the Menorah and/or Shabat Candelabras in a plastic bag, and then in the freezer, for one hour and then quickly tap the objects in the bag with a wooden spoon or stick. The stubborn bits can be scraped off with the pointed ends of your wooden implement.
While the are cold wipe them down with a warm wet cloth!

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December 24, 2009

How do I remove old candle wax from a plate and candle sticks?

By sheila from MI

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December 24, 20090 found this helpful

I soak my items in cold water as long as the water doesn't damage the item. It works for me.

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December 24, 20090 found this helpful

I soak in super hot water, then rub the wax off while still warmed with a terry cloth rag and then wash with soap and water.

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December 25, 20090 found this helpful

Put the items in the freezer for at least an hour or more. When you remove them. The wax will just pop off. Very easy & non messy.

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How do I remove a lot of wax from a leaded crystal candle holder? The holder is about ten inches high, about 7 inches across, and it is filled with wax (about 3 inches deep). Lesson learned, don't allow others to "please light the candles". Please help!

By Tahloolabelle

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November 23, 20110 found this helpful

Fill your sink with warm water. Insert the candle sticks for a short while. A lot of the wax will fall away. Keep doing this until most of the wax is gone. Re warm the water as it cools.

Eventually (not more than half an hour) put the candles sticks into hot water, use a soft cloth to wipe them.

Finally wipe with vinegar or white spirit. Rinse with cold water to bring back sparkle.

This method works on all candle sticks, and then if you have wax on furniture or fabric, use a warm iron over a piece of paper towel, or brown paper, until the wax is absorbed into the paper.

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November 23, 20110 found this helpful

I have had success removing candle wax by placing the container in the freezer. After the container gets really cold, you can scrape the wax off easily.

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The best way to remove hard wax from candlesticks or any leftover wax is to place the dish or candlestick in the freezer overnight. Take it out the next day and the wax will just come off by rubbing or pop out of the dish. Easy cleaning!

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