The "Does It Work?" Challenge: Prevent Wax from Sticking with Cooking Spray

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March is cleaning and organization month on Curbly and I am testing out some housekeeping subs and shortcuts to see if they really work. Monday I tried cleaning glass with newspaper and coffee filters. Yesterday I gave polishing silver with baking soda a whirl. Today, I see if cooking spray will prevent melted wax from sticking to candleholders. Think it'll work? Read on to find out...
First I gave my glass candleholder a quick spray from several inches away. It got all over the entire candleholder (ick), but I dropped my tea light in and used a paper towel to wipe the edges off. I lit the candle, swirled the wax around the edges every now and then and let it burn for a few hours.
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I pulled the candle to one side and with a little muscle, it popped right out. The smaller flakes on the edge came with it, just not in one piece.
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It was simple enough to clean up.
So, the verdict.
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But to be honest, the greasy candleholder issue kind of grossed me out. So I thought I'd try out another candle trick I'd heard about. This votive had some wax stuck on the bottom of it already.
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I put the candleholder in the freezer for a few hours. I guess the wax contracts, because it popped right out!
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So, if the cooking spray route isn't for you, know you can always solve the problem after the fact with a trip to the freezer.
For those of you keeping score, we're 3-0 in the Does It Work Challenge. Coming up tomorrow, ditching my Swiffer cloths for wax paper. Will it work? 

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DesigningMom on Mar 19, 2012:

Great tip Maven. I liked it so much I pinned it!

Jason, no worries even if the candle burned all the way down any flame would burn out quickly and be contained within the glass.

Jason M on Mar 16, 2012:

wouldn't it make it more flammable?? I'd be very cautious about doing this

Melissa on Mar 14, 2012:

I always just ran mine under hot water- they pop out and as a plus any dust that has collected comes off too!

Anonymous on Mar 13, 2012:

just put a few drops of water in the candleholder before burning the candle....and the wax will pop right out

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