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The Ultimate Guide to Candle Holder Care: From Glass to Ceramic


The Ultimate Guide to Candle Holder Care: From Glass to Ceramic

Candle holders add warmth, ambiance, and style to any space. Whether they’re cradling tea lights or standing tall with pillar candles, maintaining them properly ensures their longevity and beauty. This guide will cover the care and maintenance of different types of candle holders, including glass, ceramic, and more, offering tips on cleaning and wax removal.

Glass Candle Holders: Clarity and Shine

Cleaning: Glass candle holders offer a sleek and elegant look but can quickly show smudges and wax drips. For regular cleaning, a soft cloth dampened with water and a bit of dish soap works well. For tougher stains or wax buildup, soaking the holder in hot soapy water for a few minutes can loosen debris, making it easier to wipe away.

Wax Removal: If wax has hardened inside the holder, place it in the freezer for an hour. The cold will cause the wax to contract, making it easier to pop out with a gentle tap. Avoid using sharp objects to scrape the wax, as they can scratch the glass. In instances where you’re not able to reach inside the vessel we suggest leaving the candle holder running under a tap at its hottest temperature, this will eventually melt the wax and remove it from your holder.

Ceramic Candle Holders: Earthy Elegance

Cleaning: Ceramic holders bring a rustic or refined touch, depending on their finish. Clean them with a damp cloth and mild detergent. Avoid using abrasive pads, which can damage the glaze or paint.

Wax Removal: For wax spills, let the wax completely harden. Then, use a rubber spatula or a plastic card to gently scrape it off. If residue remains or you cannot reach, leave running under hot water can help dissolve the rest. Be gentle to preserve the holder’s finish.

Tea Light Holders: Small but Mighty

Cleaning: Tea light holders, often made from glass or metal, require minimal maintenance. Wipe them with a soft cloth or wash them in soapy water. Metal holders can be polished with a suitable cleaner to restore their shine.

Wax Removal: Like with glass candle holders, freezing is an effective method for removing wax from tea light holders. Once the wax is frozen, it should easily come out. For metal tea light holders, a bit of olive oil on a cloth can remove remaining wax without damaging the surface.

Additional Tips for All Candle Holders

  • Preventing Wax Stains: Before placing a candle in the holder, consider using a wax catcher or placing the candle in the freezer for a short time. This can make the wax harder and less likely to drip.
  • Soot Removal: If your candle holders become stained with soot, a mixture of warm water and vinegar can help remove it. Apply with a soft cloth and gently rub the stained area.
  • Avoiding Damage: Never use a knife or a sharp object to remove wax, as it can scratch or damage the holder. Always let the holder cool down before cleaning it to prevent thermal shock, especially with glass holders.


Proper care and maintenance of your candle holders not only keep them looking their best but also ensure they remain a safe and beautiful part of your home decor for years to come. Whether you prefer the transparency of glass, the warmth of ceramic, or the versatility of tea light holders, following these simple care instructions can help preserve their beauty and functionality.

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