Around the House: Use Time and Not Effort to Clean Your Menorahs
By Yehudit Garmaise
Use time and not effort today to wash menorahs before packing them away for the year.
As cleaning cups of oils that are burnt and greasy and menorahs plastered with eight days of candle wax may seem daunting, we compiled a few easy tips to get your menorahs looking good as new without a lot of effort, according to Renee Muller on betweencarpools.com.
To clean menorahs’ glass cups of oil:
- Gently place the menorah in a
large plastic or glass bowl.
- Add to the bowl: warm water and ¾
c. ammonia (any color, scent, or brand is fine.)
- Others have successfully cleaned
their oil cups by mixing into warm water: laundry detergent, OxiClean
stain-removing powder, or Lestoil, which is a cleaning product.
- Then, you can get some work done
or do something fun for a few hours while the ammonia works its cleaning
- You can also leave the cups to
- Once the cups look clean, you can
carefully wash them by hand with hot, soapy water or place them in the top
rack of your dishwasher.
To clean menorahs that burn candles, you don’t have to stand at the sink scraping off the wax with a plastic knife.
- Just lay your candle burning
menorahs on the ground outside, so melted wax does not clog your pipes nor
leave residue on your pots.
- If you are using a deck or an
entryway, first pay down rags or paper towels to catch the wax.
- Fill your tea kettle with water,
and boil it.
- Make sure your little ones are
nowhere near, hopefully at school, before you carefully pour the scalding
hot water on the menorahs.
- The wax should slide right off.
- Rinse off your menorahs, and they
are sparkling and ready to be packed away for next year!