I never thought about cleaning my candles. I did notice that the tops got dusty and my feather duster couldn’t get rid of the dust. But that’s as far as it went – until my grandkids started messing with the candles in the fireplace. I was putting the candles back one day and noticed they were really dirty. I vacuumed the candles and got rid of the cobwebs and dust bunnies but they still felt dirty.
I did some research and found out you clean candles with rubbing alcohol and cotton balls. So I decided to give it a try.
My fireplace candles were really grimy and had black stuff on them (soot, I assume). But after a few passes with the cotton balls, they were looking and feeling much better. The alcohol didn’t remove the soot – I had to use my fingernail to scrape it off.
I had such great success with the fireplace candles that I decided to clean the candles on the entry table, too. These weren’t as dirty like the fireplace candles – mainly just dusty. But I messed up on those. Because they weren’t as dirty, they didn’t require as much work. Just a light pass over the entire surface of each candle was all that was needed. But on the tall candle, for some reason, I really went at it. The end result was that I damaged the finish on the candle. The finish became rough and pieces of wax dropped onto the table. I knew immediately I had been over zealous with my cleaning.
So here’s what I learned:
- The dirtier the candle, the more work to clean it. But when the candle color shows up on the cotton ball instead of dirt color, you’re done.
- If the candle is just dusty, a light pass with the cotton ball is sufficient to remove the dust.
- Clean candles infrequently so you don’t damage the wax.
What hard-to-clean items have you wondered how to clean?