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Monday, December 17, 2012

Build a better mousetrap . . .

How is it that in the approximately 2200 years since the Maccabee Rebellion, no one has invented a good doohickey for getting remnant wax out of a Chanukah Menorah? And what should such a thingamabob be called?

Posted by Howard Wasserman on December 17, 2012 at 07:34 AM in Culture, Howard Wasserman | Permalink


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Boiling water.

Posted by: terry malloy | Dec 17, 2012 8:34:29 AM


Posted by: Jeff Lipshaw | Dec 17, 2012 9:19:24 AM

Paper clip.

Posted by: Josh S. | Dec 17, 2012 9:49:16 AM

Who cleans their Menorah every year? I just throw mine away and buy a new one.

Posted by: Jay Wexler | Dec 17, 2012 11:23:33 AM

Am I bad? I don't burn the candles down the whole way, in part becuase the menorahs are kid-made with wood bases, and in part because I don't want to get my tweezers and paper clips all waxy.

Posted by: Jack | Dec 17, 2012 1:35:28 PM

my husband just pours boiling water on all of them at the end of the holiday. somewhat related: you get what you pay for -- the fancy schmancy hand dipped candles that cost 12 $ a pack burn so much longer and brighter than than the cheap ones, and they are also so much easier to light, such that our toddlers don't burn their hands in the process.

Posted by: orly lobel | Dec 17, 2012 1:51:14 PM

I planned on the same, Jay, but miraculously, this 'disposable' menorah has lasted 7 years and counting. I clean it with my least favorite paring knife that I want an excuse to throw away, but that won't break, either.

Posted by: Other Anon | Dec 17, 2012 2:17:57 PM

I'm not sure what the thingamabob would be, and I'm not prepared to try dipping the menorah in hot latke oil. I do think that Nair for Neirot might be an appropriate name for whatever someone invents.

Posted by: Bob Strassfeld | Dec 18, 2012 9:22:13 PM

Very funny. I'm not sure what you could call it but anything warm seems to work for me. I've put a soaked towel in the microwave and placed it over the grooves. I've also held it over the steam from boiling water and used a skewer stick too. You just have to be handy and resourceful. That's the best way.

Posted by: Mehr S | Jan 30, 2013 4:27:21 PM

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