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How to Get Old Candle Wax Out Of Jars

So we’ve all had this problem. You burn a candle until the wick is gone, and are then left with a pretty jar with a half inch of wax in the bottom. You cant relight it anymore, and the jar is pretty much useless now, unless you get the wax out. 🙂

Back when I was more of a candle fanatic, I ran into this all the time. If you’re anything like I was, you probably just set another candle inside the jar, on top of the old wax. I did it for years, until my dad told me I could get the wax out. I was all ears.

Im going to share a few ways to do this, and you can use any way! They all work!

Way Number 1: How to Remove Candle Wax From a Jar

  1. Set your oven to 200 degrees.
  2. While the oven heats up, line a shallow dish with aluminum foil, making sure to cover the bottom and sides. (you can also use a glass dish sprayed with non-stick cooking spray).
  3. Turn your jars or other oven proof candle container upside down, on the foil, or glass dish.
  4. Place the dish with the jars in the oven for 10-15 minutes, or just long enough that all the wax melts, and covers the bottom of the dish.
  5. Remove the dish CAREFULLY (so you dont spill wax everywhere!) and allow everything to cool for an hour or so.
  6. Remove jars from hardened wax, and break up your wax for other projects!

I’ve found that getting wax out of my jars this way leaves a filmy residue on the inside of the jars, so wiping the inside with a paper towel might be necessary.

Way Number 2: Getting Candle Wax Out of Jars

  1. Bring a small pot of water to boil (or use a kettle, which makes pouring easier).
  2. Lay out a paper towel or old newspaper, and put your jars on top.
  3. After the water is boiling, fill each container with the hot water (leaving space on top. Don’t fill all the way up!)
  4. Wait overnight (or a few hours) and when you come back, the cooled wax will have floated to the top of your jars, easily removable!
  5. Pour out the water and voila! All done!

Way Number 3: How To Remove Old Candle Wax From Jars

  1. Remove any wicks or metal disks (that used to hold the wick)
  2. Place your jar in the microwave for 1 minute (maybe less or more, depending on your microwave). [WARNING! DO NOT MICROWAVE METAL CONTAINERS!]
  3. When the wax has melted, use an oven mitt to remove the jar and pour the wax into your desired container.

So there you have it; Three ways you can remove old wax from your candle jars to reuse the wax.. Or the jars.. Or both! Of course, being me, you know I’ll be doing both, so stay tuned for when I show you what I did with the old wax!