The Easiest Way to Remove Wax from a Glass Jar Candle

The Easiest Way to Remove Wax from a Glass Jar Candle

The Easiest Way to Remove Wax from a Glass Jar Candle: Reuse those pretty glass jars with an awesome hack to get rid of that old candle wax! A fun recycling/upcycling idea.

My name is Malia and I’m addicted to candles. There, I said it! I fuel my habit at Bath and Body Works. Their 3-wick candles come in an array of amazing scents and gorgeous colors. They tend to be a little on the expensive side but if you stalk the store (I mean if you frequently visit the shop) and have a little patience, you can find great deals like “buy one, get one free” or 50% off. Since they are usually priced at $22.50, that’s a steal!

The Easiest Way to Remove Wax from a Glass Jar Candle: Reuse those pretty glass jars with an awesome hack to get rid of that old candle wax! A fun recycling/upcycling idea.

Part of the appeal of the candles to me are the packaging. I love the glass jars and the lids which change seasonally. Here are my before candles. They were literally down to the an inch or so of wax.

The Easiest Way to Remove Wax from a Glass Jar Candle: Reuse those pretty glass jars with an awesome hack to get rid of that old candle wax! A fun recycling/upcycling idea.

Isn’t this lid the cutest? It would be a shame to toss it. So I set out to save these awesome glass jars and lids. And a few failed experiments later, I’ve discovered the the EASIEST way to get rid of the old wax so you can put these jars to use in a fresh way.

The Easiest Way to Remove Wax from a Glass Jar Candle: Reuse those pretty glass jars with an awesome hack to get rid of that old candle wax! A fun recycling/upcycling idea.

 Supplies: Glass Jar Candles, boiling hot water, a butter knife (maybe one you don’t care about!) and Goo Gone. You’ll also want to have kitchen tongs on hand.The Easiest Way to Remove Wax from a Glass Jar Candle: Reuse those pretty glass jars with an awesome hack to get rid of that old candle wax! A fun recycling/upcycling idea.

You’ll know when it’s time to recycle your jar when you go to light your candle and it turns into about an inch of liquid.

The Easiest Way to Remove Wax from a Glass Jar Candle: Reuse those pretty glass jars with an awesome hack to get rid of that old candle wax! A fun recycling/upcycling idea.

1. Make cuts/jabs into the hard wax with the knife. Do NOT try to cut the wax into quarters. This is too hard on the glass and it will break (learned that one the hard way).

The Easiest Way to Remove Wax from a Glass Jar Candle: Reuse those pretty glass jars with an awesome hack to get rid of that old candle wax! A fun recycling/upcycling idea.

2. After you make the cuts, the wax will start breaking into chunks. Keep going until all the wax is broken up. Discard it.

The Easiest Way to Remove Wax from a Glass Jar Candle: Reuse those pretty glass jars with an awesome hack to get rid of that old candle wax! A fun recycling/upcycling idea.

Now you’ll still have the wicks to deal with, as well as wax inside the glass and labels on the side of the jar and the bottom.

The Easiest Way to Remove Wax from a Glass Jar Candle: Reuse those pretty glass jars with an awesome hack to get rid of that old candle wax! A fun recycling/upcycling idea.

Here’s what all the jars looked like after I removed the wax chunks.

The Easiest Way to Remove Wax from a Glass Jar Candle: Reuse those pretty glass jars with an awesome hack to get rid of that old candle wax! A fun recycling/upcycling idea.

3. Boil some water (I filled a measuring cup with water and popped it in the microwave  until it was boiling) and pour 2-3 inches into the glass containers.

The Easiest Way to Remove Wax from a Glass Jar Candle: Reuse those pretty glass jars with an awesome hack to get rid of that old candle wax! A fun recycling/upcycling idea.

4. The hot water will loosen some of the metal wicks. Use salad tongs to grab the ones that need a little extra help. See all that extra wax floating to the top? Pretty darn cool. Pour it in the garbage when the water cools off.

The Easiest Way to Remove Wax from a Glass Jar Candle: Reuse those pretty glass jars with an awesome hack to get rid of that old candle wax! A fun recycling/upcycling idea.

5. Next, peel off the label that’s on the side of the jar.

The Easiest Way to Remove Wax from a Glass Jar Candle: Reuse those pretty glass jars with an awesome hack to get rid of that old candle wax! A fun recycling/upcycling idea.

We’re getting there!

The Easiest Way to Remove Wax from a Glass Jar Candle: Reuse those pretty glass jars with an awesome hack to get rid of that old candle wax! A fun recycling/upcycling idea.

6. Flip the jars over on a rag or old towel and squirt some Goo Gone on the bottom label.

The Easiest Way to Remove Wax from a Glass Jar Candle: Reuse those pretty glass jars with an awesome hack to get rid of that old candle wax! A fun recycling/upcycling idea.

7. Give it a few minutes to saturate the paper, then peel the labels off.

The Easiest Way to Remove Wax from a Glass Jar Candle: Reuse those pretty glass jars with an awesome hack to get rid of that old candle wax! A fun recycling/upcycling idea.

8. Any remaining residue will come off with hot tap water.

The Easiest Way to Remove Wax from a Glass Jar Candle: Reuse those pretty glass jars with an awesome hack to get rid of that old candle wax! A fun recycling/upcycling idea.

Here are the jars– no wax or labels and ready to be used for some new purpose!

The Easiest Way to Remove Wax from a Glass Jar Candle: Reuse those pretty glass jars with an awesome hack to get rid of that old candle wax! A fun recycling/upcycling idea.

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Comments

  1. Mary says

    I realize I’m arriving a bit late for the old candle wax party, but I felt the need to point out something important that was probably an oversight. It only takes 2 minutes to boil 8 oz of water in a measuring cup, so I surely hope you were talking about a quart size measuring cup when you said to microwave for 6 minutes.
    I’m merely trying to clarify to keep folks safe out there in crafty world! Thanks so much for your blog.
    Mary

    • Malia says

      Thanks so much for your comment, Mary. You are correct, I used a quart size measuring cup. I changed the wording to make it clearer. Thank you for taking the time to help me! BTW Malia means Mary in Hawaiian, so we are name twins. (-:

  2. Vicki says

    I’ve had great luck with putting the jars in the freezer overnight. The remaining wax and wick pop right out.

  3. Sharon says

    I have an easier way to get the wax out in one lump if the candle doesn’t burn completely and then I use it in a wax warmer. I run dishwashing liquid around the inside top of the jar. Fill it with boiling water and allow the wax to bubble to the surface and cool. Then I was the jar in hot soapy water.

  4. Julie says

    I use the remaining wax in the bottom of the waste bin to make it smell nice. I also have an old vacuum cleaner with a bag and I put wax in there too,.

  5. Janet Glenn says

    I put my candle jars in the freezer for a little while and all the wax, wick and wick holders pop right out.

  6. Kylie says

    An easier way to get the wax out is to throw the whole thing in the freezer! Then with a butter knife, press down on the edging. One you hit a few of the right points it the wax should just pop right out! For the left over little pieces I usually just let it soak in soapy water, let it air dry then wipe out the excess with a paper towel. It’s a lot less physically demanding and doesn’t require as many tools or products!

  7. Ken says

    I like to put mine in the oven to melt all the waxes and then pour off to make a new layered candle. Thanks for all the tips!

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  1. […] If you still have wax in the jar, its super easy to remove! Just pop your candle in the freezer for a couple of hours (I left mine for about 4). After taking the candle out of the freezer, take a butter knife and chip away at the wax. It works best starting at the edges. Sometimes you can pop the whole piece out. Otherwise, try to break it into a few large pieces. It should come out fairly easily, so if it isn’t coming out, put it back in the freezer a bit longer. I’m new at this blogging thing, so I forgot to take pictures of this process. I promise to get better! There’s also a spiffy boiled water method on Pinterest. I haven’t tried it, but here is a tutorial. […]

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