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How To Remove Candle Wax and Re-Use Jars

If you are anything like me and let out an audible yelp when you see a Bath and Body Works 2 for $24 candle email in your inbox, then like me you may have tons of perfectly good glass jars laying around with old candle wax sitting in the bottom of them.

While you can grab a glass jar for as low as a $1 from the store, in the mindset of being environmentally conscious why not just reuse the ones you already have. I’ve tried a number of methods and finally came across one that is so simple and easy and gets the wax out within minutes and without a mess.

I have more than these pictured but for the post we’ll stick to 3.


Start by boiling water in a pot. You don’t need much water because you don’t want the water to seep into the candle.


Once the water boils, remove it from the heat and carefully place the candle in the pot.


Within minutes you will see the edges of the candle begin to melt. With tongs, carefully remove the jar and turn it upside down. You may have to give the bottom a few taps, or sit back in the water a few times before the wax pops out.


I plan on keeping these and using them in my wax burner in the fall. Once I got the wax out, the jars still had leftover pieces of wax so I gave them a good scrub with hot water and detergent.  I also peeled the labels off.


After some love and scrubbing my jars ended up like this. I have plans for them that you will see in a few weeks!


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  • Reply
    Evelyn Mendez
    March 14, 2015 at 12:45 pm

    This was a great idea.

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      March 15, 2015 at 5:34 pm

      Yes!! I love jars and I’ve been buying them, I figured there had to be a way to get the wax out!

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    March 15, 2015 at 9:30 am

    Use them for makeup brushes, lolol! Can you tell I like to see pretty brushes that I can’t use? What can I say I like girly things.
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    Trina - Baby Shopaholic
    March 16, 2015 at 10:37 am

    Thanks for the tip! I used to chisel the old wax out!
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    March 18, 2015 at 9:11 am

    this is right on time… I was getting ready to get rid of all my old candle jars.. love love this Mimi… will def. try!
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      March 20, 2015 at 8:18 am

      I kept buying jars and was like hold on there has to be a way to get this wax out without chipping away at it!

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    November 6, 2015 at 12:52 pm

    Awesome idea Mimi!! I usually throw mine away but now I need to find a way to repurpose them. I can’t wait to read how you repurposed yours.

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