How to Remove Candle Wax from Votive Holders

There’s nothing more frustrating that needing a votive holder, only to find leftover candle wax clinging to the bottom. Fortunately, I have a few tricks up my sleeve for solving that little dilemma.


How to remove candle wax from votive holders:



1. Melt


Place the votive holder in hot water.  The heat from the water softens the wax enough to scrape it out.  A butter knife works well. 

 3 Handy Tricks for Removing Candle Wax from Votive Holders: Mrs. Hines' Class



2. Scrape


The last time that I needed to get candle wax out of a votive holder, I decided to see if I could just scrape it out with a knife….thinking that since it works for Scentsy, maybe it would work for votives.  Sure enough, that’s all it took.

This method works best when there’s only a small amount of wax.


3.  Freeze


This is my favorite method and has proved to be tried and true.  Place your votive cup in the freezer for at least an hour.

Remove the holder and pop out the wax.  Super easy.


3 Handy Tricks for Removing Candle Wax from Votive Holders: Mrs. Hines' Class



Be sure to pin these handy tips for later!


3 Handy Tricks for Removing Candle Wax from Votive Holders: Mrs. Hines' Class


Do you have any tips to share?


See you in class,

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  1. pinned!!! Thanks!

  2. thanks for pinning!

  3. I just did the hot water method yesterday. Never heard of the frozen method…thanks! 😉

  4. Sharon, these are great tips – I always seem to forget about the wax UNTIL I want to use a votive and then I’m scrambling to get it cleaned! 🙂 Thanks so much for sharing and pinning! Have a happy Sunday!

  5. Great tips, Sharon! I usually tip the candle upside down in my sink and run hot water over it and the candle pops fight out. 🙂


  6. I need to do this to a few of my table runners, thank you!!! XO

  7. good tip to know! I’ll try it next time.

  8. me too…

  9. Great tip – thanks, and Pinning!!

  10. I have so many holders that need cleaning – love these tips! Thanks!

  11. I usually burn Party Lite candles or beeswax candles which literally use up all of the votive leaving no extra wax. However recently I found a bunch of candles we had in the back of the closet. After burning them we discovered we still had a ton of wax left but no wick. The freezer method is by far the best method… which is exactly what I did last night. After collecting all the bits and bobs up, we remelted the wax, added new wicks, and came up with a couple of “new” candles! This makes my candle loving boy oh so happy!!

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