If you burn candles, a frustrating task can be figuring out how to remove candle wax from jars so you can recycle or reuse the container after the candle is done. However, there are a couple easy ways to do it.
How to Remove Candle Wax with Your Freezer
While grabbing a knife and trying to scrape out the wax is one option, it’s not very much fun, and often doesn’t remove all the wax anyway. An easier way is to freeze the container. The freezing method is my favorite method for how to remove candle wax because it can be used on all candle containers, glass, metal, plastic, etc. without harming them.
Just pop your used candles in the freezer for about an hour. Then gently tap them against a hard surface. The wax usually pops right off the container. If not, just take a knife or your fingers and pry it off a little bit to start it. It should come off pretty easily. If you’re a fellow candle maker, this technique also works great for unmolding those stubborn candles that get stuck in the molds.
How to Remove Candle Wax with Your Oven
Another method for how to remove candle wax from jars is to utilize your oven. (This technique only works with glass or metal containers that won’t melt in the oven). Place a sheet of parchment paper on an old cookie sheet you don’t use anymore. Then place your candle containers upside down on the cookie sheet.
Put them in the oven on low for a few minutes. The wax should melt out of their containers onto the parchment paper and you can just throw it away then. A little of the wax may also seep through onto the cookie sheet which is why it’s a good idea to use a cookie sheet you don’t care about for this.
Also if you use the oven method, don’t put the candles in and walk away. Make sure you stay right there with your oven, so if the wax catches on fire, you can put it out quickly. (This is another reason why I like the freezer method best, it’s safer).
Whichever method you choose, once your containers are free of their leftover wax, recycle the jars and give the leftover wax to a candle maker to upcycle into more candles. Or if you’re a candle maker yourself, use it as the base of a new wax batch to refill your freshly cleaned jars.
How to Remove Candle Wax From Jars Copyright © Amber Reifsteck ~ The Woodland Elf
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