4 Steps to Remove Candle Wax and Repurpose the Glass Containers

A while back I posted about my favorite way to create an inviting home, and that was with the use of candles. Read the post hereI mentioned one of my favorite candle companies being LAFCO and I love them for a number of reasons, but one is the gorgeous glass containers you’re left with once the candle has burnt out.  While LAFCO uses handblown glass containers, they’re certainly not the only company that puts their candles in a gorgeous container or jar!  Whatever your favorite company is, getting the wax out is the only way to reuse the glass.  Follow the steps below to learn the easiest way (and believe me, I’ve tried manyyyy) to remove the wax and repurpose your candle holder!

Step 1: Put the burnt out candle jar into the freezer for at least 24 hours (though I put mine in the freezer as soon as they burn out and wait until there’s a collection before I clean/remove the wax.)

Step 2: Grab a butter knife and carefully stab the leftover wax creating cracks. Stab it as many times as you need to so that you can pull out the wax and/or flip over and knock it loose into the garbage.  The metal piece that once held the wick is usually glued to the bottom of the glass container.  If it does not come out with the wax, simply remove all of the surrounding wax then fill with hot water.  Let stand for a few minutes. You should then be able to use the knife to push the piece loose and remove any remaining glue.

Step 3: Use the tip of the butter knife to remove any remaining wax on the inside of the container.  You need only apply minimal pressure as the wax is frozen and therefore will easily chip off.

Step 4: Using hot water, scrub with soap the entire container removing any leftover wax and soot from the glass. Dry, and voila! You have containers that can be used for candles, a makeup brush holder, short vase, etc.  Beware: if you attempt to put the glass in the dishwasher, the outside coating used to give the glass its color, may melt off.  It is incredibly hard to tell if the glass itself is colored, or if there’s a coating, so be careful!

Pro tip: If you use wax warmers in your home, you can collect the wax from step 2, and reuse. Probably don’t keep the wax if there’s tons of soot in it, but if it’s like this picture on the left, you can easily add it to a warmer and continue “burning” the wonderful scent in your home.

If you’ve tried my method, let me know your thoughts!  And if you have your own favorite way to repurpose the glass containers, I’d love to hear your ideas!


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