Anyone have any decent (not time consuming) ways to clean wax off menorahs? So far the easiest I’ve found is to carefully pour hot water over it (not down your drain!!!) but it still leaves a thin, filling wax film all over…..suggestions?
If it’s solid metal you can put it in the oven (on a cookie sheet covered with foil and paper towels). Be careful because it will be hot. The wax melts right off and the bits that remain wipe away really easy. No film is left behind and it will look new.
Soaking the Menorah in very hot water with some Arm & Hammer washing soda (not to be confused with baking soda) works great if it’s not aluminum (then it’ll corrode). If it’s silver, I think the black engravings will come off as well. So I just use this for the kids brass menorahs, but it should work for glass or other metal etc. as well.
To clarify RD’s tip, you preheat the oven THEN TURN IT OFF before you put the menorah inside. I don’t think the paper towels are necessary, just in case someone mistakenly turns the oven on.
I let hot water running on the wax. i do it in the sink in the bathroom because i dont know the kashrus of the wax.
You shouldn’t allow wax water to go down any drain! You’re looking at a very expensive plumbing problem in the future if you do.
Yeah…RD has a good point. I do mine outside. I just always had the problem of having the wax leave a film on the menorah after slipping off. By the time it’s cool enough to handle, the film hardens into a waxy mess. I’ll try the oven idea though.
Freeze it. Then it’s easy to scrape off.
Ctrl Alt Del. How did cleaning the menorah go?
I accidentally found the easiest way to clean a menorah. A few days ago I brushed past the menorah and it fell to the floor and smashed into three pieces. I cleaned up the mess and threw it out, and next year I have to buy a new one, which will be clean 🙂