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Tuesday, August 20, 2013

How to Clean Wax Out of Candle Jars

Obviously, Kayla and I are ready for Fall. One of the things I'm planning on doing for decorations this year is filling jars up with fun things like acorns & candy corn. I knew I didn't want to end up buying jars, so I decided to start cleaning out some of my old candle jars. It occurred to me that it might make a helpful post for you all! I've tried several different methods for cleaning wax out of jars, and this by far the easiest I've tried! 

Here are the supplies I used:
- paper towels
- plastic bag
- used candle jars
- pot of boiling water

And here is what I did:
1. I laid out my plastic bag. I used this for dumping the melted wax in- it makes for easy cleanup. 
2. Brought the water to a boil and turned it down to medium heat.
3. Plopped the candle into the boiling water.
4. I let it boil for about a minute, and watched the edges of the wax start to melt. I then poured the melted wax into the plastic bag. A large chunk of unmelted wax should pop out pretty easily. If it doesn't, just keep putting it back in the water until it does.
5. Then I took my paper towels and wiped out the inside of the jar while it was still pretty hot. I used a pot holder to hold the bottom of the jar.
6. I repeated those steps for each of my jars and now I have some more pretty jars to use in my decorating!
I showed how I use old candle jars as Memory Jars, but there are so many other things to do with them! 

Also, here is the video I watched on how to do this method. It was really helpful to watch before I tried this for the first time! 

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12 comments:

  1. We are such kindred spirits! We just did a post about this too, we like the freezer method.
    http://craftylumberjacks.blogspot.com/2013/08/freezer-burn.html
    Love your site! xoxoxo

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  2. Thanks for stopping by! I've used the freezer method before, and liked it! We have a tiny freezer now, so finding room for all those candles doesn't work out so well :)
    -Kenzie

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  3. Have you tried freezing these jars for 24hr? I have done with with several jars before and it is WAY less mess than melting the wax. You can easily chizzel the frozen wax out with a butter knife.

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    1. I have, Krista! I usually do that with my tart warmer. This method is good for getting the wax out quick, as it only takes about 10 to 15 minutes :)
      Thanks for the comment!
      -Kenzie

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  4. Love this! I have done the freezer method as people above said too but sometimes it's hard to find room in the ole freezer or I forget about them...oops:)

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    1. I'm definitely guilty of leaving things in the freezer for far too long! Thanks for stopping by and for the comment, Julie!
      -Kenzie

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    1. Thank you so much! We really appreciate that! Have a great day!
      -Kenzie

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  6. That is awesome! I have a few candles that I was about to throw away because there is a little bit of wax left in it, but now I can use the jars for other things!

    ♥, Brittney @ True Vintage Love
    http://www.truevintagelove.com

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    1. Thanks, Brittney! I hope you give it a try!
      -Kenzie

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  7. This is perfect because I have so many candles that I "get sick of" before I use them all up. Now I can replace the candle, but keep the jar!

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    1. The same thing happens to me. Hope you get a chance to try the method out. Thanks for the comment and for stopping by!
      -Kenzie

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