Reuse, Recyle and Repurpose those candle jars!

Reuse, Recyle and Repurpose those candle jars!

How to Remove Candle Wax from a Glass Jar

When I relaunched candles in my shop, it was important to me that I found a BPA free and recyclable material. Our amber glass jars were the ideal solution.

My hope is that, while these jars recycle, customers will want to repurpose them after they’ve used their candles fully. (Stay tuned for a future article on ways to use your jars) -wink-

While my labels peel away easily, some jars may give you fits for removing the stickers  if that is the case, I recommend soaking the jars in warm sudsy water before attempting the removal. Goo Gone is a great product to help with any left over residual mess.

Now on to removing remaining wax From your jars.

Removing Wax from a Glass Jar with Boiling Water There are actually a few ways to get that wax out of your glass jar, but the first we’ll go over is the most popular method: boiling water. Through this method, we’ll be able to quickly and cleanly remove the entirety of the leftover wax from your jar. Just as heat melted your candle wax in the first place, we’ll utilize the same concept to remove the leftover wax, along with the wax’s natural buoyancy.
  1. Bring some water up to a light boil.
  2. Place your jar on a kitchen towel, and spoon out as much of the wax as you can.
  3. Gently –and carefully- pour your boiling water into the jar, leaving a bit of room at the top.
  4. After the water melts the wax, allow it to completely cool down. Since wax is naturally buoyant, it will float to the top of the water and re-solidify.
  5. Remove the wax that’s sitting on the top.
  6. Use a mesh strainer to remove any leftover wax floating in the water (you definitely don’t want any wax going down your kitchen drain!)
  7. Clean the jar with soap and water to remove any remnants.
Removing Wax from a Glass Jar Using the Freezer If you’ve got a bit more time on your hands, and don’t want to mess around with boiling water, then this is the method for you. It may not remove the wax as cleanly as the boiling water method, but you’ll be able to complete this method a bit more passively.
  1. Use a butter knife or spoon to remove as much of the wax as you can ahead of time.
  2. Place your candle jar in the freezer overnight.
  3. In the morning, remove the jar from the freezer.
  4. Using a spoon, pop out the frozen wax.
  5. Scrape any remaining wax from the sides of the jar.
  6. Clean with soap and water to remove residue.
Removing Candle Wax from a Glass Jar Using the Oven If you have several candle jars that you want to clean at once, then this method will be much more efficient than the other two. You can melt the wax from several jars at once, and save yourself a lot of time from boiling water or scraping frozen jars.
  1. Scrape out all of the wax you can using a spoon.
  2. Pre-heat your over to 185 degrees Fahrenheit.
  3. Line a baking sheet (Ideally an old one, or one that you don’t care about very much) with tin foil.
  4. Place the candles upside-down on the tin foil, and set the baking sheet in the oven.
  5. Set a timer for 15 minutes.
  6. Check back on your glass jars after 15 minutes, the wax should be melted by then, but feel free to give them a couple more minutes if needed.
  7. Remove the baking sheet from the oven.
  8. Let the jars cool down for a few minutes.
  9. Using a pot-holder, pick up your jars and allow the wax to drip out of the hole.
  10. Using a paper towel, wipe away as much of the wax as you can, being careful to not burn yourself.
Let the jars cool down, and wipe away the residue with soap and water. PS - if you don’t have a use for your jars, return them to me for $1 credit on your next order! Thanks for reading! jan
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