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Household Uses for Candles and Candle Wax

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Everyday Advice for Burning Candles in the Home

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If you burn candles in your home—especially around the holidays—keep in mind these household candle tips and everyday uses for candle wax.

Candles and Candle Wax

  • To get candle wax out of cloth, use the dull edge of a knife to scrape off as much wax as possible. Place several paper towels on both sides of the fabric and iron on a low setting. Change the towels often as the wax is absorbed into them.
  • Place your candles in the freezer overnight to prevent them from dripping. They will also burn longer.
  • To make a candle fit snugly into its holder, pour hot water into the candle bowl, let it heat up a bit, and then pour the water out and stick the candle in immediately.
  • Rub candle wax on wooden drawers to make them open with ease.
  • Saw teeth rubbed with a candle will cut wood more easily, and the candle wax will protect the blade from rusting.
  • Before the first snowstorm, rub your shovel with an old candle stub and the snow will easily slide off.
  • To predict the weather, just blow out a lit candle. If the wick smolders for longer than usual, rain is on the way. If the wick goes out quickly, look for fair weather.

One way to add a homemade touch to your holiday table without a lot of expense is to make a festive Candle Decoration.

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