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11 Surprising Uses for Old Candles

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11 Surprising Uses for Old Candles


Whether we like the ambiance or we have some around in case of an emergency, pretty much everyone has a candle or two in her home. If you’re not the type to light them unless your power goes out, they may seem pretty useless for the rest of the year. But that’s totally not true — there are plenty of ways to repurpose candles! From waterproofing paper to cutting down on your energy bill, click through to check out great ways to reuse candles.

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Katie Waldeck

Katie is a freelance writer focused on pets, food and women’s issues. A Chicago native and longtime resident of the Pacific Northwest, Katie now lives in Oakland, California.


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3:19AM PST on Feb 28, 2014

Thanks, bookmarked it.

4:58PM PST on Jan 26, 2014

Wonderful list of ways to re-use candles! Love the shoe polish item:)!!!

1:33PM PDT on Jul 25, 2013

Thanks :)

4:21PM PDT on Jul 7, 2013

Wow, some great tips I didn't know there, thanks. I will definitely be trying the candle while cutting onions tip - I am *very* susceptible to onion fumes!

You can also use a white candle to draw on paper and then paint over the top for the white bits to show up. My kids love doing that, and make some pretty cool patterns. Batik on paper really.

4:10PM PDT on Jul 6, 2013

I'm putting a candle in the kitchen for the next time I cut onions, and to waterproof a recipe card from splotches! Thanks Katie!

4:26AM PDT on Jun 11, 2013

Great inspiration

3:54PM PDT on Jun 1, 2013

I have to try the pincushion one.

6:15AM PDT on Jun 1, 2013


5:15PM PDT on May 30, 2013

Kudos again, Katie, love these ideas.

4:53AM PDT on May 25, 2013


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