Also know as the Festival of Lights, Hanukkah is a celebration where Jewish families around the world light menorahs, which twinkle brightly for as long as the candles burn. But, as anyone who has ever had to clean a menorah knows, looking at the symbolic flames is not always joyous, as you spend most of the time stressing over how you will get the wax off at the end of the night. But being an experienced menorah-lighter means that I’ve learned all the menorah-cleaning hacks you’ll ever need, leaving more time for enjoying the lights and less cursing the cleanup.
The best wax-cleaning hack is the lazy-man’s menorah. Skip the traditional menorah altogether and buy one of those electric ones. It’s a guaranteed wax-free existence — no mess, no fire hazard, no headache. It’s also a thoroughly modern solution, since they wouldn’t have been available to our ancestors celebrating the miracle of light prior to, say, 50 years ago. Plus, your kids can help light it because they just have to screw the bulb as opposed to potentially burning themselves trying to use the lit candle.
But for those of you that just have to go the traditional route using an old-fashioned wax candle menorah, you can make your life a little bit easier with these cleaning tips.