Tuesday, 25 November 2014

How to Remove Wax From an Old Candle Jar

Since discovering the benefits of a scented candle, I've accumulated quite a few. Many of them come in pretty glass holders and it seems a shame to throw these away when the candle wick is all used up. So I found an easy way to clean them up, removing any leftover wax, so that you can re-use them for whatever you wish! It's really simple, and means that buying a candle also means you get something useful and long lasting afterwards- perfect excuse for buying them?!

When your candle burns out, let the remaining wax completely solidify again, then fill the candle holder with boiling water. Leave for approximately 30 minutes as the wax rises to the top to form a layer floating on the water. When all the wax has moved to the top, you can lift it all out in one big piece (which is really satisfying!). I guess you could probably keep the wax for something- if anyone has any ideas do let me know- but I just throw it away. Dry off the glass and wipe away and residues and then repurpose it however you wish!

Hope that's a useful tip!



  1. I have sooo many glasses with wax still in it! Thx for the great tip!
    Gonna use it def!!!

    xoxo Colli // my blog - tobeyoutiful // Bloglovin'

  2. I was actually wondering how to do this lately, great post Jennifer. I'll definitely be saving my jars from now on :) x

  3. I've actually done this before! It works really well, but the wax I was using this technique on turned completely into oil. So it was a quite sticky experience. The glass is clean now though. ;)
    x Sonja

    Shiny Glitter Things

  4. I was actually wondering how to do this the other day as I'm about to finish a candle with a really beautiful jar! Thanks.

  5. This is so helpful! I have been wondering how to do this for a while!

    Anika May // UK Fashion & Style Blog

  6. Ah this is genius, I have like 6 jars just waiting for me to do this! x

    Jasmin Charlotte | UK Lifestyle Blog

  7. genius! this gives my glass candle holders new life! (they were just hanging out wishing to be taken care of by someone who knows how!)

  8. Useful little tip! I will stop throwing mine away from now on!

  9. Just came across your blog and I love it. This is such a handy tip!

    www.ellenwarnerxo.blogspot.co.uk xo

  10. This is genius! I've honestly always thought, as I throw my latest candle into the bin, that it's such a shame to waste all those jars and pretty pots but after trying once to clean up the waxy mess I decided it wasn't worth the hassle! I can't wait to try this trick with my next empty candle! Thank you so much for sharing!! :)
    Nicole xx / Life in Ginger


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