How to Clean Your Stick Candle Holders Like a Pro

With the advancement and modernization of the world, a lot of things have been changed. Many new trends have replaced the old traditions but some things are constantly being used such as burning candles. People of all ages are fond of burning candles in their room and house and they feel more comfortable if the candles are installed in the stick candle holders. This factor has always been popular and still used in almost all types of houses. People from the beginning have used various types of methods to clean the stick candle holders with time. 

Cleaning the candle holders is mostly meant in terms of removing wax from the bottom. If you light candles, you experience a great relaxing and romantic mood but the effort to clean the candle holders could be frustrating especially if you don’t know the right methods. If you are preparing for an event or family gathering, cleaning the stick candle holders should be on your priority list. There are many ways to remove the wax from the candles, choose the one that suits you the most, and get the best results in your conditions. 

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The most common and favorite methods to clean the stick candle holders include the following. Keep on reading the article to get the experts’ tips for this DIY (Do It Yourself) cleaning project.

  1. Cleaning Stick Candle Holders using Hot Water
  2. Cleaning Candle Holder Sticks using Cold/Freezer
  3. Cleaning Candle Holder Stick using Hair Dryer

1. Cleaning Stick Candle Holders using Hot Water

Hot water is one of the most common and efficient methods to clean your stick candle holder but there are a few conditions in which it is not recommended to use hot water. If different parts of your candle holder are lacquered or glued, you should not use the hot water because it can soften the glue and may result in dispatching of different parts and ruin your whole pretty candle holder. If the candle holder has nuts or any other mechanism then this method is ideal for you. 

Necessary Equipment and Materials:

  • Hot Water.
  • A Sink, Metal Box, Pod, or any other thing that can hold that hot water.
  • White Vinegar.
  • Washing Detergent.
  • Dry and Soft Cloth

Steps to Clean the Candle Holders:

  1. Boil the water to an extent that it can soften the wax.
  2. Pour hot water into the sink or pod.
  3. Now add the white vinegar into the hot water, you may add a detergent as well but vinegar should be your first priority. 
  4. Now put the candle holder into the water and let it soak for some time so that the wax can be removed easily.
  5. Once the wax is softened, use your fingernails preferably a plastic scraper to detach the wax from the holder and remove it completely. 
  6. Take out the candle holder to see if there are any solid wax residues attached to it. 
  7. Once all wax is removed, rub the candle holder surface to remove water and wax grease (if there is any) using a soft and dry cloth. 

2. Cleaning Candle Holder Sticks using Cold/Freezer

This method comes in the first place when you need to clean the glued candle holders. If you can’t soak the holder in the hot water, use a freezer or a piece of ice so that the wax can get hardened enough to be detached easily. The freezing method is best suitable for metals. Make sure that you keep the candle holder in the freezer to the extent that it doesn’t affect the holder’s metal as it may shrink due to the cooling effect. 

Necessary Equipment and Materials:

  • Some Pieces of Ice 
  • A Freezer
  • Dry and Soft Cloth

Steps to Clean the Candle Holders:

  1. Put your stick candle holder into the freezer or rub the piece of ice on the wax for enough time that the wax gets hardened completely. 
  2. 40 to 50 minutes is considered the ideal time for the wax to get frozen. 
  3. You can ice the wax if it is small in quality but if there is a lot of wax, you should go for a freezer. 
  4. Remove the hardened/frozen wax from the stick candle holders using your fingernails but it is highly recommended to use a plastic scraper because the wax can hurt you if it gets stuck in your nails.
  5. After removing all the wax, polish the surface using a dry and soft cloth so that your candle holder starts shining again.  

3. Cleaning Candle Holder Stick using Hair Dryer

This cleaning method is best suitable for all types of modern copper, brass, or silver except for the antique pieces because they may have different chemical formation as compared to new metals. A hairdryer can also be considered as an advanced form of using hot water but it is much easier to implement and efficient to use. This could also be used for glued candle holders but make sure that you don’t apply the dryer’s air on the glued parts. 

Necessary Equipment and Materials:

  • Hair Dryer
  • Dry and Soft Cloth 

Steps to Clean the Candle Holders:

  1. Take a hairdryer and set a hot temperature on it. 
  2. When the hairdryer reaches its hottest settings, blow the hot air on the candle holder specifically on the parts where wax is attached. 
  3. The wax will begin to soft in a quick manner, start removing the wax using a plastic scraper whenever a part of the wax softens. 
  4. After removing all the wax, take a dry and soft cloth to wipe out all the minor wax residues from the candle holder. 
  5. Do keep this fact in mind that you should only use soft cloth because using a hard cloth or paper towels can leave scratches or scars on the candle holder’s surface especially if the material is metal.

The Bottom Line

All the above-mentioned methods will help you out no matter what conditions you are facing. One thing to tell you here is that it is recommended to clean the stick candle holders periodically because the sooner you will clean the holder, the more easy and efficient it will be.