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A very small cleaning-wax-out-of-jar-candles tip

I know that most of you are going to be busy in the next few days getting ready for the holidays and the same is true here at my house. So things will probably be a bit sparse here in frugal-girl-blogland until after Christmas.

epantry soy candle

I have a super quick small thing to share today, though.

You know how jar candles always end up with a little bit of wax left at the bottom?   You can chip it out with a knife so that you can reuse the jar, but that’s a bit of a pain.

Recently it occurred to me that boiling water would be a great solution.   So now I pour boiling water into the jar (water boiled in my kettle because OF COURSE), which melts the wax.

how to clean wax out of jar candle

Then I set the jar aside until the wax cools. Since wax floats, it all comes to the surface and forms a thin layer which can be easily taken out.

how to clean wax from jar candle

And voila, you have a clean jar.

I’m sure I’m not the first person who’s ever thought of this, but hey, I lived for a long time without it occurring to me, so I figured someone out there could use this tip.

(This is a soy candle jar from Grove Collaborative. Who, by the way, I’m doing a campaign with in January.   So keep your eyes peeled for a special offer for new and existing customers.)

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Wednesday 28th of December 2016

Great idea! To take it one step closer, I collect the last bits of my candles, add a new wick to an old jar or candle holder and (slowly) melt all the pieces into a new candle. It smells great in the process and I don't waste any wax.


Saturday 24th of December 2016

Oh my gosh, I have a candle in the freezer and another one in the fridge, hoping to crack that wax out. I've NEVER thought of this! Thank you!


Saturday 24th of December 2016

I just did it. The wax came up to the top and I threw it away. I thought it was all water, and I reached into the jar, pulled my hand out, and it was covered with wax! Now I know I need to wait until it is totally cool. I joked to my DH that I got a free paraffin treatment. :)


Thursday 22nd of December 2016

I love using the candle jars as little Terrariums, cute gift jars, cotton ball holders etc! Endless uses!


Wednesday 21st of December 2016

I do that as well, AND the wax that you pull out, I put in throw away pie or cake tins and simmer it on the stove to finish using up the rest of the candle, I like to save the pieces till I have several, then throw them all in the tin and voila, house smells great and nice getting to use every bit up.


Wednesday 21st of December 2016

We will keep our eyes PEALED in January! Lol

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