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

by on Mar 14, 2012

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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  1. Have you tried putting a piece of wax paper in the shape of the handle in the bottom of a candle holder with a bit of water? I’ve tried this and it makes it very easy to get the candle wax out. this works best for votive or larger candles not tea lights. Also, if the candle sits in a glass holder too long, all of the above will not work. I use Amway’s Scouring pads to get out the residue. They do not scratch the glass….