After eight nights of Hanukkah every year, we’re left with a menorah covered in wax. Even if we use the so-called “dripless” candles, we seem to always have drips and globs of wax left to clean off. And I’ve never found a great way to clean off all that wax…until now! I’ve got the secret for the easiest way to clean wax off a menorah!
If you follow the blog on Facebook, you may have seen a crazy video about things you can do with a dryer sheet. And that got me thinking…would that work to get stuck-on wax off a menorah?
Here’s what you do:
Fill a sink or bucket with hot water. Put the menorah in, along with one dryer sheet.
Let soak for at least an hour. (I ended up letting mine soak for more than that, but mainly because I got distracted doing other things and forgot to come back to it!)
After it has soaked, take the dryer sheet and rub it over the wax spots on the menorah. Use it to wipe out the candle holder cups, too. Use a toothpick to remove any wax or wicks still stuck in the candle cups.
The wax came right off!
Even older wax that had been stuck in the candle holder cups for years came out!
Seriously, this is the cleanest this menorah has ever been, and we’ve been using it for almost 20 years!
Now, I will say that I did this project with a metal menorah (as you can see). I do not know if it would work on a plastic menorah, although I suspect it would. And, while I did some research on whether a dryer sheet could harm any metal surfaces, I didn’t find anything that said it would. In fact, I found a lot of information about dryer sheets being used to clean various metal surfaces, including cars and faucets!
Even if you don’t have a Hanukkah menorah, I bet this would work for other metal candlesticks, too!
I’m not sure what’s in a dryer sheet, but it’s a little miracle-worker!