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How to Remove Old Candle Wax from a Glass Candleholder

Removing candle wax from your candleholder is easy to do and only takes a couple of steps.


  • Step 1: Add water Add ½ inch of water to a votive candleholder before inserting the candle. When the candle burns down, the wax will pop out easily.
  • Step 2: Soak in hot water Soak glass candle holders in hot, soapy water for a few minutes. This will soften the wax so that you can scrape it out with a butter knife or a spoon.
  • TIP: Cover the knife or spoon with a cloth so you don't scratch the finish on your candleholder.
  • Step 3: Freeze Place your candleholder on a baking sheet and leave it in the freezer overnight.
  • Step 4: Take out of the freezer and remove wax Take the candleholder out of the freezer and gently tap the glass with your fingers until the wax loosens enough to remove.
  • Step 5: Wash Wash the candleholder in hot, soapy water or run it through the dishwasher if it is dishwasher-safe.
  • : Don't expose the glass to heat after it comes out of the freezer. The glass will break. Allow it to warm to room temperature.
  • Step 6: Enjoy Enjoy your candleholder, which will look brand new the next time you use it.
  • FACT: Did you know? Madame Tussaud established her wax museum in London in 1935 at "The Baker Street Bazaar."

You Will Need

  • Water
  • Dish soap
  • A butter knife or spoon
  • A baking sheet
  • A freezer
  • Dishwasher

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