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Candle wax removal. UGH. It’s one of those annoying little household jobs that seems like it will take a long time, but really and truly…if you know the right way to go about it, it can be a breeze. Once it is done, your candle holders look brand new, which is always a plus.
I’m one of those neat freak people that used to avoid lighting candles and using my favorite candle holder/ candle combination to avoid ruining them. When I did use them (special occasions only!) I’d sit there and watch each droplet of wax drip slowly onto my candle holder and wince each time. Maybe I’m weird, or maybe you are right there with me. Either way, the thought of having to scrape off that wax at the end of the night deterred me from using them as frequently as I would like.
Believe it or not, there are 2 EASY ways to get wax off your candle holders that don’t take much time at all. Take your pick based on the type of candle holder you have. I advise trying it out on one first, just to be sure you don’t ruin your grandmother’s favorite metal candlestick.
HOT - Preheat your oven to the lowest temperature possible. Grab a cookie sheet, line it with aluminum foil and lay your candle holder on the foil. You want your candle holder to be upside-down, or in a position that the wax can easily drop off. Place the tray full of candle holders in the preheated oven and wait! It happens pretty quickly, so keep an eye on them. Slowly and sure the wax will melt off and you can simply just wipe the excess wax off your candle holders. The wax can harden quickly, so you will need to wipe off the excess immediately after taking them out of the oven. Be careful when wiping them though, they will be hot! Works great for metal candle holders and ceramic too.
COLD - Grab your candle holders that are full of wax and pop them in your freezer! After the wax is frozen (can take a while, depending on the size of the candle), it should be pretty easy to pop the frozen candle wax off and out. Done and done! Works great for glass cylinders and pillar candles too.
Do you have any other helpful tips to remove candle wax? I’d love to hear!