How to Remove Scent From Scented Candles

A candle's scent can be reduced, but not fully removed.
A candle's scent can be reduced, but not fully removed. (Image: candle image by Amjad Shihab from

When shopping for candles, there are three main factors to consider: the candle’s color, shape and smell. If you find a candle that aligns with your expectations for these three criteria, you’re in luck. But sometimes, buying a candle that is exactly what you’re looking for can be challenging. If the color and shape are to your liking, but the scent is slightly off, there are steps you can take to weaken the smell. You'll never fully remove the scent, but it's easy to reduce the candle's potency.

Things You'll Need

  • Plastic bag
  • Baking soda
  • Charcoal-based deodorizer

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Place the candles outdoors where the fresh air will blow on them for an extender period of time. The scent won’t be completely removed, but it will weaken.

Place the candles in a semi-airtight area with an open box of baking soda. Just as baking soda can be used to neutralize the smells in your refrigerator, it will also work to reduce the candle’s scent.

Put the candles and a charcoal- or ash-based deodorizer in an airtight plastic bag, ensuring it is sealed. Leave the bag for several days, and then open it and remove the candles. Charcoal-based deodorizers are effective at weakening many kinds of odor.


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