The Crazy Suburban Mom: Too Dirty for Words, Project # 6 Candle Soot

Monday, June 17, 2013

Too Dirty for Words, Project # 6 Candle Soot

Granted this is not earthshaking (like my tub) but I'm working my way through  Martha Stewart's Homekeeping Handbook, and even a small project can drive you nuts.  Cleaning candle holders doesn't keep me up at night but I've got at least ten glass candle holders I don't use due to the difficult-to-remove soot that accumulates.  With my limited storage I'd rather use the space they take up for something important...

  Like toilet paper.  Don't laugh.  Some people never want to be without Valium, for me it's toilet paper.

Today was now or never for them.   I found a few things people said worked but I wasn't looking for a multi-step, multi-product solution; these were containers that inexpensive candles came in not family herilooms.  I was okay with throwing them away if cleaning proved difficult.

But it didn't....

First you have to remove any wax still in there.  I always throw mine in a freezer for a few hours.  The wax shrinks and most times just falls out if you turn the container over (of course, this depends on the shape of the wax vs. the container opening).

Here's the magic part:  Take a dryer sheet (Used is okay) and wipe away the candle soot.  I didn't believe it would work but took a before picture anyway  (It's all frosty because it just came out of the freezer... but you can see how much soot is on it.)

BeFunky Smart Sharpen on iPhone

About two minutes and two dryer sheets later....

BeFunky Contrast on iPhone

I was stunned.

 Give it a try... It's cheap, easy and now I can add my own candles, saving even more money.

Cleaning candle soot



Erin 6/17/13, 5:45 PM  

That's amazing, yet it gives me fear about what exactly is IN those dryer sheets!

Tracy Reinhardt 6/18/13, 9:10 AM  

Erin, that occurred to me too!

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