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11 Surprising Uses for Old Candles

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5. Mend a Shoelace. Stop those fraying shoelaces in their tracks! Dip the ends in some melted candle wax and let dry.

6. Polish Your Shoes in a Pinch. Scuffed shoes? They’ll be good as new with some candle wax, canola oil, and a tin can. Click here for detailed instructions.

7. Fix a Zipper. Nothing is more annoying than a fussy zipper. Un zip the zipper and rub a candle along the teeth. Zip and unzip a few times to make sure it worked.

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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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