How to Remove Candle Wax From Glass Candlesticks


Even high-quality dripless candles will drip if there's a breeze or draft from a heating or air conditioning unit. Colored candles have the additional additive of a coloring agent that will stain fabrics. Removing wax from cut glass candlesticks is frustrating because the wax gets into every crevice. Use either heat or cold to remove the wax.

Things You'll Need

  • Hot water
  • Wash cloth
  • Freezer
  • Butter knife

Hot Water

  • Place the candlesticks in the kitchen sink.

  • Run the hottest water over the candlesticks until the wax softens. This may take a minute or so.

  • Rub the softened wax off with a rough washcloth. It should slide off easily.


  • Put the candlesticks in the freezer for two to three hours.

  • Remove from the freezer.

  • Use your fingernail or a butter knife to get underneath a piece of the wax and pop it off.

  • Repeat if the wax is on various parts of the candlestick. Once the wax starts to warm up from the freezer, it's not as easy to remove.

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