Saturday, 16 August 2014

How To Recycle Your Old Candles

Are you like me and loving burning candles but don't know what to do after you finish a candle? Well today I have created a post that allows you to recycle any old candles that you happened to have hanging around in your bedroom. I have created a method that should help you clean out your candle jars and this method should work for any candle such as yankee candles or bath and body works candles. If you would like to create your own glass holder than here we go...

1. Freezing The Candle
First thing to do is to store the candle in a freezer for at least two hours and you can keep it in the freezer for as long as you want. I normally just pop the candle into the freezer as soon as the candle is finished so that when I have the time I can just grab it and clean it. 

2. Trace Around The Outside With A Knife 
The next step is to grab a knife and trace around the edges of the candle. This is done to loosen the wax and will make it easier to remove the wax later. I would suggest using a fairly sharp knife but be very careful with it and make sure you don't smash the knife against the glass to avoid smashing the glass.

3. Stick The Knife In The Middle And Twist
After going around the outside, insert the knife into the middle of the candle and twist the knife. This should crack the wax into smaller pieces. You should then be able to remove the wax easily but it could make a mess so just be careful and if you want, place a mat under the area your working in. 

4. Add Hot Water To The Container and Remove Wick 
After removing all the wax, you will want to pour hot water into the container and carefully swirl the water around. You could use hot water from the tap or hot water from a boiled kettle. While the hot water is in the container, use the knife to loosen the wick and the water should melt the glue. Carefully tip the water out, and you should be able to remove the wick. 

5. Scub The Jar Clean 
The second to last step is to get a sponge and a bit of washing up liquid and scub the container. This will get rid of any wax or glue that is still there and just makes the glass look sparkly and new. Ideally, you want to use hot water to rid of the leftover wax and make it look clean. 

6. Clean And Remove Label
The last step is to grab some nail polish remover and a cotton pad and just get rid of any marks that may be left on the glass. The only other thing to do is to remove the label and this doesn't really require any special technique, you just pull the label. If a mark is left from the label, I would suggest using nail polish remover again. 

And there you have it! There are many different things you could do with a old candle jar and although alot of people use it to hold brushes, there are different uses as well. 

I hope that this post was somewhat helpful and gives you some ideas of what you could use your old candle jars for! Of course you don't have to use this method if you don't want to and you can use your candle jar to do whatever you want. 

What do you do with your old candle jars? 

Emily <3


  1. What a good idea, I have never seen this done before!
    Great Post, thanks for sharing!

  2. Love the idea of using nail polish remover to remove label.. I always save jars / old candles but never end up using them bc I always dread having to get all the little pieces of labels and glue off of them lol

    ieyra | babysoulz


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