Photo: West Elm
Maybe you stored perfectly beautiful, gorgeous smelling candles in the back of a linen closet a little too long. Or, you’re just a less-than-stellar duster and now your candles are covered in a strong layer of gross gunk.
Either way, there’s a quick fix!
The biggest mistake in trying to clean candles is wiping them down with rubbing alcohol. Don’t! Alcohol is super flammable, and can quickly turn your lit candle into a mini bonfire.
Instead, try one of these two tricks:
You'll need an old or cheap pair of pantyhose. Slide the candle into the hose and roll it around – the hose will gently scrape off and trap the dust without damaging the wax.
If your candle looks beyond repair, this step will have it looking branding new in no time. Dip a microfiber cleaning cloth into lukewarm water and wring it out, then gently wipe the candle using short motions in the same direction (no back-and-forth wiping!).
Ta-da! Newly cleaned candle at your service.