Candle jars come in a variety of sizes and shapes. Once the candle is finished burning, the glass container lends itself well to a variety of other uses such as organizing small trinkets or desk supplies, holding loose change, or even new Making candles.
However, before you can reuse these containers, you first need to know how to remove candle wax from jars. Continue reading to learn four different ways to clean candle jars by effectively removing the wax. Then, you’ll be able to put your empty containers to good use.
How to remove candle wax from a jar using boiling water.
One technique for removing candle wax from jars is to use boiling water. To try this technique at home, all you need is a saucepan, a towel, and water.
Step 1: Pour water into the pot and boil it on the stove.
Start by pouring enough water into the pot to fill the candle pot. Cover the pot and keep it on the stove on medium heat. Let the water boil. Alternatively, boil water in a tea kettle.
Step 2: Place the jar on a towel and fill most of the jar with boiling water.
Lay a towel on the countertop and place the jar on top of the towel. Carefully pour boiling water to fill the jar to about an inch of the top.
Step 3: Allow the water in the jar to cool for a few hours.
After the hot water is poured into the jar, it will melt the wax. Once melted, the wax will float to the top. Allow the jar and water to cool completely before attempting to remove the wax.
Step 4: Strain the wax from the jar and add water.
Use your hands to remove any large chunks of wax, then scoop any smaller chunks out of the jar. Be careful not to let any wax go down the drain, as it can clog it.
Step 5: Repeat as needed and then rinse the jar.
It may take a few cycles of boiling water to get all the wax out of the jar, so you may need to repeat the steps above until it’s all gone. Once you have successfully removed all the wax, use soap and water to clean the jar.
Top tips for repurposing candle jars
Now that you know how to get wax out of a jar, here are some ways to reuse the candle jars you’ve found around your home and garden.
- Decorative “bowl filler” display
- A bath bomb, hair tie, cotton ball, or another bathroom essential
- DIY candle making
- Office supply holder
- Empty seed packets or plant pick storage
- Recycling through your local waste management service
What is the main use of candles?
In the developed world today, candles are used mainly for their aesthetic value and scent, particularly to set a soft, warm, or romantic ambiance, for emergency lighting during electrical power failures, and for religious or ritual purposes.
Why are candles a good gift?
Candles have a wonderful ability to add more aesthetic to any space. With their beautiful jars and subtle release of fragrance into a room, they provide a stylish focal point whether lit or not. This is why they make great presents for others and yourself. You can get many uses out of them.