If you’ve ever wondered how you can reuse your old candle containers, we have created the ultimate guide covering everything from cleaning out the old wax, to great ideas for repurposing scented candle jars.
If you’re a candle addict like us, you’ll undoubtedly have a sprawling collection of burnt out candle jars just piling up somewhere. Each candle has been fully enjoyed and only a small amount of wax is left languishing at the bottom of the old jar.
Your first step to being able to reuse the decorative jar your old scented candle called home, is to remove all the old wax from inside it. There are a number of different ways to achieve this.
How To Clean Leftover Wax From Candle Jars
The Freezer Method
Because candle wax becomes brittle when it is frozen, it can easily be removed from its container. To start, place the old candle container into your freezer for a couple of hours. Once it has frozen, use a knife to gently pry out the remaining wax. Put some warm water on a paper towel and wipe out any leftover debris. This is a good method for candles made using very hard waxes such as Paraffin wax or Beeswax.
The Double Boiler / Bain Marie Method
For stubborn leftover wax, the double boiler method will be a great option. This method works by filling a bowl with boiling water, and gently sitting the candle container it it for a few minutes. The heat from the boiling water will transfer through the sides of the container melting the wax left attached to the inside.
Once the wax has softened, carefully remove the jar from the water and pour out the melted wax. The jar can then be washed using warm water and soap to finish.
The Wash & Go Method
This is the simplest method and works well for candles made of wax with a low melting point like our Soy Wax candles. First remove as much of the leftover wax as possible using a sharp knife. Then, just fill the container with soap and hot water from your tap, let it sit for a minute, before scrubbing the inside clean. Voila!