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How-To: Rid Your Candle Holders of Wax

I recently hosted a dinner party lit by dozens of candles, from votive holders on the coffee table to candlesticks in the dining room. Part of cleaning up after a candlelit soiree involves getting rid of all that wax. Thankfully I've learned a few tricks and tips over the years to make it easier. Here are a few of my favorite wax-removing solutions.

  • Before placing a candle in a votive holder, fill it with 1/4 inch of water. This way the wax won't stick to the glass and will be easier to remove.
  • If you skip the water step, after the party, put your wax-coated candle holders in the freezer for a few hours. This will allow the wax to shrink so you can easily pop it out with a screwdriver or other tool.
  • If the frozen wax doesn't pop out right away, try placing the candle holder upside down while it returns to room temperature, then try again.

Get three more tips.

  • For wax-covered candlesticks, you can also stick them in the freezer to allow the wax to harden. Then break or chip the wax off the candlestick or scrape it off with a blade.
  • To get rid of any lingering wax on candlesticks and votive holders, wash them in hot water with a scrubbing sponge and dish soap.
  • Make your candle holders shiny again by polishing the glass with white vinegar.
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