How to Remove Candle Wax From Crystal Holders

Crystal candle holders reflect the light of the candles, adding to the ambience of a room. When candle wax drips or spills onto a crystal candle holder, you must use care when removing the candle wax. Crystal breaks easily when exposed to extreme changes in temperature and can chip or crack, as well. Remove candle wax on crystal candle holders promptly, rather than allowing it to build up.

Set a 13-by-9-inch baking pan on the counter, and place a layer of a few paper towels in the bottom of the baking pan to provide a cushion between the pan and the crystal candle holders.

Set the baking pan with the crystal candle holders in the freezer for 10 minutes so the wax can harden.

Remove the baking pan from the freezer. Peel the wax from the crystal candle holders by placing the tip of the plastic spatula underneath the edge of the wax, then use your fingers to lift and pull the wax away from the candle holder.

Allow the crystal candle holders to warm to room temperature. Fill the sink with warm water and a few drops of mild liquid hand dishwashing detergent. Wash the crystal with a soft cloth and the soapy water.

Rinse the crystal candle holders with warm water and dry with a lint-free cloth. Set the crystal on a clean towel to air dry completely.


Avoid placing crystal candle holders that are cold from the freezer into warm water for washing as the crystal can crack or break. Use only soft cloths and mild cleaners with crystal; abrasive cleaners and cleaning tools scratch crystal.

Things You'll Need

  • 13-by-9-inch baking pan
  • Paper towels
  • Plastic spatula
  • Mild liquid hand dishwashing detergent
  • Soft cleaning cloth
  • Lint-free cloth
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Mary Ylisela is a former teacher with a Bachelor of Arts in elementary education and mathematics. She has been a writer since 1996, specializing in business, fitness and education. Prior to teaching, Ylisela worked as a certified fitness instructor and a small-business owner.