Over the years I have read about the various ways of removing wax out of candlesticks or candle holders. I believe I have tried them all – from using warm, sudsy water to popping them in the freezer for an hour or two. I have since learned a few things along the way … and truly feel that some of the suggestions on the net should NOT be used when working with candlesticks made out of crystal. One method of cleaning will not work for all types of candlesticks.
Here are my reasons why:
- Some experts recommend soaking the candlesticks in warm sudsy water, and then later scraping out the residue with a butter knife or other sharp object. This certainly is not the correct option when you are working with crystal candlesticks! Never, ever … scrape crystal with a knife … unless you want some scratches on it.
- I also don’t recommend the option of putting the candlesticks in the freezer, and for good reason. Crystal – whether it is a dish or a candlestick – should not be subjected to excessive heat or cold. Extreme temperatures can crack or break crystal, and so this option should always be avoided.
- Some people recommend putting the candlestick in the dishwasher, but again … this is not a viable option when dealing with crystal. Dishwater heat and detergent can dull or scratch the surface. Your candlesticks should be hand washed separately in warm soapy water, then rinsed thoroughly and dried with a lint-free cloth.
Now that I have given you some suggestions on what not to do, let me share the process of how to get wax out of crystal candlesticks – with wonderful results. You only need one product, and that is Goo Gone.
I take the solution and pour it into the well wall of the candlestick. You do not need to clean the candlesticks prior to pouring the Goo Gone in. The solution will gently do the work for you. Make sure you pour the solution all the way up to the top of the well wall.
Let the solution soak for about 15 minutes. (The soaking time will depend on how much wax build-up you have accumulated.)
Now, one great thing about this method is that I can reuse the Goo Gone solution. I don’t throw it away; rather, I keep using the solution over and over again – just for my candles – in a separate container. It lasts forever. I only toss it out once the solution appears dirty or full of candle debris.
Now, if the wax is on the outside of the candle … rather than in the well wall (or indentation that holds the candle) then you will want to soak that particular part of your candle only. If that happens, I usually put the candle in a container with just enough of the Goo Gone solution to cover the affected area. Or, you could simply spray the waxy area several times to remove it. I have found that if I just let it soak for a few minutes (versus spraying), then no scrubbing is necessary. I reuse the solution, so nothing is wasted.
In the end, you will be rewarded with sparkling and glistening candlesticks. They will look brand new, free of any blemishes that might have occurred if you had tried to scrape them with a knife or other sharp object. No scrubbing was needed, the process is cost-friendly because you are reusing the solution, and you saved valuable cleaning time. The Goo Gone solution did all the heavy lifting … allowing you to do more enjoyable things in life 🙂