How to Remove Candle Wax From Pottery

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Things You'll Need

  • Freezer

  • Ice cubes

  • Plastic baggie

  • Butter knife

  • Solvent

  • Soft rag

Candles add warmth and ambience to any room, but they can also be messy. All it takes is a draft from a door opening for wet wax to splash and congeal on everything in its path. Candle wax can be removed, but it must be done thoroughly and carefully. Use the same method to clean candle wax off of any pottery that you would use to clean wax off of pottery candle holders.


Step 1

Place small pieces of pottery in the freezer for at least an hour.

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Step 2

Remove pottery from the freezer and gently chip away the candle wax with a dull blade, such as a butter knife. Be careful not to scrape the pottery.

Step 3

Place ice cubes in a plastic baggie. Hold the ice bag on the spilled wax on large pieces of pottery that will not fit in the freezer.

Step 4

Chip away gently at the wax with a butter knife as it gets colder.


Step 5

Consider using a solvent, if necessary. Read the label of the solvent before using; don't use anything that could damage the finish on the pottery. Goo Gone is a relatively safe grease and glue remover that works on candle wax.

Pour a small amount of solvent on a soft rag and gently dab or rub onto the wax to dissolve it.


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