How to Remove Candle Wax From a Glass Globe

Updated February 21, 2017

Candles can add the warm glow of light and bright colours to any home decor. While burning candles was once the primary source of indoor nighttime light decades ago, candles are more of a decoration item in modern homes today. Once candles have burnt away their existence, their waxy aftereffects have a way of making their beautiful holders unattractive. You can remove leftover wax and reuse ancandle holder, candle lantern or hurricane lamp whose glass globe may have wax stuck to it.

Place the candle holder or glass globe in a freezer for about 1 hour. Ensure the holder is dry and room temperature before you put it in the freezer, to avoid cracks or shattering.

Remove the candle holder or globe from the freezer when an hour has passed.

Pull as much of the frozen wax off the globe as you can. The freezing temperatures should have made it brittle and easy to remove.

Allow the candle holder or glass globe to rest until it returns to room temperature.

Mix a few drops of dish detergent into hot water. Simply using your sink to hold the soapy water works well, but be careful not to break the globe on the hard sides of the sink.

Allow the candle holder or globe to sit in the hot soapy water for about 10 minutes, then gently wipe away any remaining wax residue with the washcloth.

Allow the candle holder to air dry before using it again.


This process works well on plastic candle holders as well.


This process may not be safe for metal candle holders, as rust or discolouration may occur. Follow the manufacturer's directions to clean with a metal cleaner or paste.

Things You'll Need

  • Candle holder or glass globe with leftover wax attached
  • Freezer
  • Hot tap water
  • Dish soap
  • Washcloth
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