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11 Surprising Uses for Old Candles


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9. Prevent Tears While Cutting Onions. Can’t stand those teary eyes? Light a candle before you slice away.

10. Waterproof a Shipping Label. Shipping a package to Seattle? Rub a candle over the shipping label before taking it to the post office.

11. Waterproof a Recipe Card. Similarly, rubbing a candle along a recipe card will prevent the spills that happen all too often in the kitchen.

12. Repurpose as a Pin Cushion. Candles are a great way to keep pins handy.

11. Make Citronella Candles. These bug repelling candles can be pricey, so why not make your own with some leftover candles? Click here for instructions.

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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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