Household Uses for Candles and Candle Wax

Everyday Advice for Burning Candles in the Home

April 17, 2017
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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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I bough a covered glass

I bough a covered glass candle at Belk,s. Having trouble getting the wick thing out. Have used GOO GONE to get residue out. Soaked holder inside with water,also. Then, tried DAWN. Still can NOt get it out. Also, tried a butter knife! Help!This is me-am registered with u!
! Thanks a bunch!! PB

Have you tried using a

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Have you tried using a lighter or match to melt the area around the wick? Use tweezers to lift out the wick while melting the wax.

If you want to clean you

If you want to clean you carpet from the wax fill a waterproof plastic bag with ice and lay it on top of the wax stain. Allow the wax to freeze. Make sure the wax stain is not getting wet from leaks or condensation, as moisture will make the stain harder to get out.As soon as the spill happens, resist the urge to wipe up the hot wax; you will only end up spreading it around and making a larger mess that you will have to clean up later. Try to keep it contained to its original size.

very helpful thank you

very helpful thank you