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Candlelight may be romantic, but there's nothing lovely about prying or scraping melted votives out of their holders. Not only is it ineffective; you also risk scratching or breaking the delicate glass. Instead, try this trick: Place the glass candleholders in the freezer for a few hours. Once frozen, the wax will shrink just enough to pop right out.

Comments (7)

Martha Stewart Member
March 31, 2018
I just tried this overnight and it didn't work at all. Disappointing as I have these beautiful silver votives and now can't get the wax out.
Martha Stewart Member
May 18, 2017
I use this on my wax melter, and it works so well
Martha Stewart Member
March 3, 2009
somewhere along the line MS also suggested a tiny bit of water in the bottom of the votive before you start burning it. the water keeps the wax from sticking to the votive in the first place. wax floats on water and when the candle burns out, you can usually just pop it off the bottom of the glass.
Martha Stewart Member
January 15, 2009
I've been doing this for years I even freeze my jar candles and save the left over wax from the jars to use in tart burners
Martha Stewart Member
January 1, 2009
I use only soy votives and they clean easy as pie and of course burn cleaner in the process,!
Martha Stewart Member
August 24, 2008
this sure sounds a lot faster than softening the wax with hot water. i ca'nt wait to try it.
Martha Stewart Member
August 24, 2008
this sure sounds a lot faster than softening the wax with hot water. i ca'nt wait to try it.