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How To Clean Glass Votives – The Restaurant Trick


An old restaurant trick for your summer entertaining today……
1//  when wax is cool and hard, break up with a knife.
2//  scrape sides with knife and dump out.
3//  boil water and pour into the candleholders, melting any bits that remain.
let sit for about a minute or so.
4// discard water from candler holders*
5// wipe out excess wax and soot with a dry paper towel.
And voila!
the trick is the boiling water; hot tap water melts some of the wax but requires you work harder 🙂 

*repeatedly pouring wax down the drain can lead to clogged pipes. I throw the water outside, but you can also pour the waxy water from the candle holders into a bowl and allow to cool, then strain solids out and throw in trash. Water can then go down drain without hardening on pipes.
This same principle is true when discarding cooking oils – allow oil to harden, strain off other liquids and discard solids in trash instead of rinsing down your sink.
A two-for-one QTT! What a bargain!

xo lovelies!

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Kris @ Driven by Décor

Monday 7th of July 2014

I love your QTTs and have some candleholders that can definitely benefit from this one!

Miss Kitty

Thursday 3rd of July 2014

Thanks for those great tips on cleaning votives...I might just use my votives more now that I know it won't be such a pain to clean them afterwards. I'm pinning this!

Vel Criste

Wednesday 2nd of July 2014

GENIUS! I always have a hard time cleaning mine hence I hardly use them! Thanks Lisa!

Kimberly Lemmon

Wednesday 2nd of July 2014

Aha! I knew there had to be a better way to do that! Thanks for sharing smart lady!!

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper

Tuesday 1st of July 2014

do you know if this works with soy, too? i have the worst time cleaning soy!!!!