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11 Surprising Uses for Old Candles

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Around the House.

1. Unstick Drawers. Remove the sticky drawer and rub a candle along the runners. Put the drawer back in and open and close a few times to make sure it sets well.

2. Caulk Your Home. Candle wax is a cheap way to fill in gaps and holes around doors and windows, and save you money on your energy bill.

3. Quiet a Sticky Door. Sticky doors can drive you crazy! Remedy that by removing the door from its hinges, and rubbing a candle over the hinges.

4. Fix a Dent in Wood Furniture. Fill in chips and dents in furniture by rubbing a candle on the area, so the wax fills in the space. Next, use a furniture marker to match the color. Easy peasy!

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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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