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Removing Old Wax from Candle Holders

Posted by on Apr. 29, 2013 at 8:03 PM
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So I was cleaning out my altar cabinet and found that one of my candle holders had a candle stub in it. I hate cleaning these out! If you've ever tried to pry the wax out of there with a knife, you know its near impossible to come out. Usually I just end up melting the wax as much as I can. But there is always a film left behind. Dh has a trick though. Put the candle holder in the freezer. The next day take it out of the freezer and the wax will come right out. :)

by on Apr. 29, 2013 at 8:03 PM
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AllofFive19
by Little Witch on Apr. 29, 2013 at 10:21 PM

Wish I could set my desk in my freezer to get the wax off it. 

SalemWitchChild
by Little Witch on Apr. 29, 2013 at 11:04 PM

I always use a cloth on my tables so any wax that drips off goes onto that. You can try this method.


  1. Cut open an old sock
  2. Lay it down on the candle wax
  3. Heat up an iron (I used “cotton blend”)
  4. Set it on the sock
  5. Wait for the wax to melt
  6. Lift up the sock, notice that there isn’t any more wax on the desk
  7. Congrats! Throw away the sock
Quoting AllofFive19:

Wish I could set my desk in my freezer to get the wax off it. 


SerenaRose3
by Little Witch on Apr. 29, 2013 at 11:07 PM

I use soy wax now so I never have any issues removing spilled or left over wax.

PinkButterfly66
by on Apr. 29, 2013 at 11:08 PM

Put down a piece of plastic and put ice on top.  Watch it though, you don't want the water to damage the finish.

Quoting AllofFive19:

Wish I could set my desk in my freezer to get the wax off it. 


AllofFive19
by Little Witch on Apr. 29, 2013 at 11:13 PM

Thanks to both of you.

Zazayam
by on Apr. 29, 2013 at 11:38 PM

Never heard of the freezer before. I always just run hot water on them and til it's soft and it'll all slide right off. I've bent butter knives trying before I learned that trick, lol.

Zazayam
by on Apr. 29, 2013 at 11:39 PM

That is brilliant, never would've thought of that but it makes perfect sense. I've had so many wax spills on my tables and bookshelves...

Quoting SalemWitchChild:

I always use a cloth on my tables so any wax that drips off goes onto that. You can try this method.


  1. Cut open an old sock
  2. Lay it down on the candle wax
  3. Heat up an iron (I used “cotton blend”)
  4. Set it on the sock
  5. Wait for the wax to melt
  6. Lift up the sock, notice that there isn’t any more wax on the desk
  7. Congrats! Throw away the sock
Quoting AllofFive19:

Wish I could set my desk in my freezer to get the wax off it. 



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