There is a wide range of shapes and dimensions available for candle jars. After using the candle, you can reuse the glass jar for other things, like storing jewelry or office supplies, keeping coins, or even starting a new candle.
To reuse these jars, you must first learn how to remove candle wax. Read on to find out four distinct approaches to de-waxing candle jars. Then you can finally find a use for all those unused jars.
Using hot water
Using boiling water is one method for cleaning candle wax from a jar. This method can be replicated at home with nothing more than a large pan, a washcloth, and some water.
- First, fill the pot with water and set the stove to high heat, so it begins to boil.
- Put in enough water to cover the candle jar in the pot first. Put the lid on the pot and set it in a preheated oven. Let the water reach a rolling boil. You could also use a tea kettle to boil water.
- The second step is to place the cylinder on a washcloth and fill it with boiling water until it is almost full.
- Put a towel down on the kitchen counter and set the Jar on top. Pour the liquid carefully until the Jar is within an inch of its brim.
- Finally, in step 3, you’ll need to give the water in the Jar sometime to cool down.
- As soon as you drip the boiled water into the Jar, the wax will begin to melt. The wax, once melted, will rise to the surface. Do not try to take the wax off until the water in the Jar has cooled down to room temperature.
- Waste no time in step 4. Pour the water out of the Jar and strain the wax.
- Smaller pieces of wax can be strained out of the Jar after the larger clumps have been removed using your hands. Don’t flush any wax down the toilet or sink; it can harden and cause a backup.
- To complete Step 5, refill the Jar and rinse it out.
- The wax in the Jar may need to be melted several times in boiling water before it all melts away, so you may have to repeat the procedures above several times. Once the wax is completely gone, wash the Jar out with water and soap to remove any remaining residue.
Using a Refrigerator to clear out your wax
You can clean out the remaining wax by placing the Jar in the freezer after you’ve exhausted all other options for extending the life of your candle. Using a refrigerator and a bread knife, you can easily learn how to remove wax from candle jars.
- The first step is to put the cylinder in the chiller the night before.
- The candle jar needs to be placed in the chiller for a few hours for this method to work. The simplest method is to place the cylinder in the chiller the night before. The next day, empty the Jar and clean it out.
- The second step is to invert the candle jar and remove the wax.
- The candle wax will contract after spending the night in the freezer. The wax cluster should fall out of the Jar if you turn it upside down.
- Third, scrape away any remaining wax with a butter knife.
- Use a bread knife to scrape off any remaining candle wax in the Jar. The knife can also be used to cut apart any bunches of wax that are too large to pass through the Jar’s opening.
- A fourth step is to clean the Jar with water and soap.
- Clean the Jar with water and soap to get it ready for its next use.
Using an Oven
- Wax can be removed from a single candle jar, or several at once, by placing them in a preheated oven. A baking sheet, some aluminum foil, and some parchment paper are all you need for this technique.
- First, get the oven ready by preheating it, and then get the jars ready.
- Turn the oven temperature up to 200 degrees F. The labels should be taken off the jars to avoid any mishaps. Dousing the containers in water may help loosen the labels so that they can be peeled off.
- Secondly, Use both tinfoil and baking paper to line a baking sheet.
- To keep the candles safe, line a baking sheet with aluminum foil. Next, use baking parchment to cover the aluminum foil.
- Third, bake the candle jars on a sheet of baking parchment for 15 minutes with the rims facing down.
- Place the jars, open side down, on the baking parchment, and bake. Keep the jars in the oven for around 20 minutes with the door closed.
- Place the glass containers on a clean sheet of baking parchment.
- Take the sheet out of the oven. You should probably transfer the empty candle containers to a fresh sheet of baking parchment to cool, as there will be quite a bit of wax on the previous sheet.
- The fourth step is to wash the jars with detergent and water after they have cooled down.
- When the jars have cooled completely, wash them in warm soapy water.
What to do with the empty Jars?
Here are some creative ways to put those empty candle jars to good use around the house and yard after you’ve removed the wax.
- Bowl fillers are used for decoration.
- Stationery organizer
- Container for unused seed packs or plant scissors
- To recycle, contact your town’s garbage collection service.