Cleaning out an Empty Candle Holder

As I said in my previous post, I burn a lot of candles in my house.  Depending on how long they burn, I remove the left over wax in two ways.  Both are easy enough to do.

Cleaning out an Empty Candle Holder

If the candle burns out, the easiest way I’ve found to remove the wax is to freeze the candle holder.  A flat head screwdriver will do the rest.

Cleaning out an Empty Candle Holder

Insert the screwdriver into the frozen wax.  Give the screwdriver a twist.  The wax breaks up easily & can be dumped into the garbage.

Cleaning out an Empty Candle Holder  Cleaning out an Empty Candle Holder  Cleaning out an Empty Candle Holder

Sometimes, the wick is left behind.  Sometimes a slight nudge with the screwdriver will pop it out.  Other times a pair of needle nosed pliers will pop the wick right out.

Cleaning out an Empty Candle Holder  Cleaning out an Empty Candle Holder  Cleaning out an Empty Candle Holder

The only thing left is to wash out the candle holder.  The best way that works for me is to fill the candle holder with hot water & some Dawn dish detergent.  I let it soak for an hour or so, then wash it out.  Now it’s clean & ready to be decorated or used for other things.

Cleaning out an Empty Candle Holder  Cleaning out an Empty Candle Holder  Cleaning out an Empty Candle Holder

If the candle hasn’t burned out & the wax is still in liquid form, removing the wax is even easier.

Cleaning out an Empty Candle Holder  Cleaning out an Empty Candle Holder  Cleaning out an Empty Candle Holder

First, blow out the candle.

Cleaning out an Empty Candle Holder

Then drop some cotton balls into the hot liquid wax.

Cleaning out an Empty Candle Holder

Let the cotton balls absorb the liquid wax.  When it cools down enough for you to handle them, remove the cotton balls. Wash the candle holder with Dawn to remove any wax residue.

Cleaning out an Empty Candle Holder

The wick slides out with the cotton balls.

Cleaning out an Empty Candle Holder

A couple of ways that I use the empty candle holders, besides decorating them as I did here, is to hold things.

I use one in the laundry room cupboard to hold the small waste basket bags. It keeps the roll of bags from rolling around & takes up less room by standing the roll of bags upright.

Cleaning out an Empty Candle Holder

Another way I use an empty candle holder is to hold clothes pins.  I use these every time I do the laundry, so it’s nice to have them easily available.

Cleaning out an Empty Candle Holder

They’re great containers to organize items in the kitchen, bathroom, bedroom, or anywhere.

Happy Creating everyone!