Since menorahs are often made of various materials, the cleaning method might differ based on the specific material. Here are general tips for how to clean a menorah
- Hot water: Put your menorah in a heat-proof container such as a large pan and pour hot water over the menorah until the wax melts off and floats to the top. Wipe off extra wax with a towel. Be careful that the wax doesn't drip into the sink drain as this can clog your drain! You can also spot clean by warming with a hair dryer (high heat, low fan). If your menorah is glass or ceramic, start with warm water to slowly warm the menorah so it does not crack from the change in temperature.
- Freeze the menorah: Put your menorah in the freezer for 30 minutes - a hours until the wax hardens, and then peel it off. Ice cubes help with spot cleaning. This works best with metal menorahs as glass or ceramic menorahs may crack under the temperature change.
- The oven method: Put your menorah on a foil or parchment-lined sheet pan in the oven on the lowest temperature setting for a few minutes until the wax melts off. Very carefully (it's hot!) turn over the menorah so the wax comes out of the holders too. Then simple throw away the foil and you have a clean menorah! This works best with metal menorahs as ceramic and glass can crack under temperature changes.
Always check the manufacturer's instructions or care guidelines before cleaning your menorah, as certain materials may have specific cleaning recommendations to avoid damage. Regular cleaning and care will help keep your menorah looking beautiful and ready to use for future Hanukkah celebrations.
- The oil method: Prevent wax from sticking by coating your menorah with non-stick cooking spray to help the wax from not sticking if it drips. (Do not use on precious metals.)
- Beeswax and dripless candles: It helps to use beeswax or dripless Hanukkah candles to prevent the wax from dripping in the first place! Or try freezing your candles before lighting. It helps prevent drips!
- Drip cups: You can also line your menorah with drip cups or foil to catch any drips.
- Love the wax:Can't get all the wax off? Let it be! We actually love the look of a little wax on the menorah to show it's well-loved for many years. The wax is filled with memories!