Recycle Your Old Candle Jars!



I can’t think of anything else I love more than burning my favorite scented candles from Bath&BodyWorks but, unfortunately, all good things must come to an end. Once you’ve burned through your entire candle, you’re left with a clear, multipurpose jar that can be used for so many different things. From glitter to spray paint, the ideas are endless. In this article I’m going to teach you how to remove the leftover wax quickly and easily from an old candle in order to have a clean, usable jar left.


Melting the wax is super easy. I fill a shallow pan up with water and place the jar in the center of the pan. Make sure the water rises around the height of the wax. I then add some heat and, as the water boils, the wax will begin to melt. It is very important to make sure the glass jar is in the water before you turn on the heat to prevent shattering.

Once the edges of the wax have melted (leaving a solid piece of wax kind of awkwardly floating in the bottom of the jar), you are safe to pour it into the trash. Don’t touch the glass with your hands, though…it’ll be hot!

Note: You may want to let the jar cool down a bit after you’ve removed the wax. Let it sit for a couple of seconds on a protected surface and then run it under cool water. Do not, however, put it directly under water after it’s just been in boiling water.


Here you can see the edges of the wax are melted, so the wax has detached itself from the edges of the container.

Next, you can just pull the candle wick(s) out from the gooey wax left at the bottom.


Now would probably be a good time to mention labels. The side label should easily peel off and the bottom label should soften after you have heated the jar. Easy as cake.

If you happen to have any trouble with sticky residue left from the labels or dried wax, just scrub the jar with soap and water to clean it. I would also recommend this as a finishing touch anyway, just to ensure that your jar is clean and shiny.


You now have a new looking jar that you can use for storage, decoration, and more!


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