How to Recycle and Reuse Your Candle Containers

Do you have empty candle jars probably wondering how you can reuse your old candle containers? We have created the ultimate guide covering everything from cleaning out the old wax, to great ideas for up cycling your scented candle jars.

How to remove the wax from the jar

Candles should only be used and enjoyed until there is 1 cm of wax remaining at the bottom of the glass jar.  The first step to being able to reuse the old candle jar is to remove all the old wax from inside it make sure your enamel pin is not inside too.  There are numerous different ways to achieve this.

  1. Wash

This is the simplest method and works well for candles like ours that are made of soy wax. This is because soy wax has a low melting point and is easier to remove from the container. First remove as much of the leftover wax as possible using a knife or spoon, but do not throw away the leftover wax, we will tell you why later. Then fill the container with soap and hot water from your tap, let it sit for a minute, before scrubbing the inside clean.

  1. Make it Cold

When candle wax becomes frozen it often becomes brittle and it can easily be removed from its container. Firstly place the old candle container into your freezer for a couple of hours. Once it has frozen, use a flat knife to gently pop out the remaining wax. Once the wax has been removed wipe any remaining debris using a wet cloth. This is a good method for candles made using Paraffin wax or Beeswax.

  1. Bain Marie Method

Another method is the double boiler method. This works by filling a bowl with boiling water, and gently placing the glass candle container in it for a few minutes. The heat from the boiling water will transfer through the sides of the container and melt the remaining wax left on the inside. Once the wax has softened, carefully remove the jar from the water and pour out the melted wax. The jar can then be washed using warm water and soap to finish.

Things to Remember:

  • Once you have removed all the wax, don’t forget to take out the wick holder. If it’s stuck down, just slip a sharp knife underneath and pop it out. A little boiling water will usually help if it doesn’t want to come out easily.

  • It’s often worth setting the old wax aside as there are a number of projects you can do with. Add the old wax to a teal light warmer and continue to fragrance your room.

  • If you’re worried that the glass container is fragile, we’d recommend using the Wash & Go Method – it’s slower, but you’re less likely to break the container.

  • Never put the wax melted in water down the drain. It will cool and solidify, and probably end up clogging the pipe.

  • You should be careful not to overheat glass containers. There is a risk that the glass will explode or crack if the jar gets too hot. In fact, both freezing the wax and pouring boiling water into the jar run a great risk of shattering the jar so only use those methods if you are sure the container can handle it.

  • Never ever use a microwave to melt wax inside old candle jars. The wick holder that holds the candle wick in place is made out of metal, which could not only ruin your microwave, but start a fire. 

  • Remember to also remove your enamel pin before trying any methods.

Ways to recycle and reuse candle glasses.

Your favourite scented candle is nearing the end, all it’s perfectly fragranced wax has been used over countless evenings of cosy enjoyment, and you’re left with just the empty glass. Of course there’s no need to worry, there are plenty of great ways to reuse your old scented candle containers. After you’ve followed our cleaning instructions above, you’ll be able to recycle the candle holders – here are a few of our favourite ideas…

  1. Use as a plant pot or for flowers – this time of year is perfect for flower add a pop of colour to your home by using your old glass jars as vases.
  2. Make up storage – always losing your brushes, can’t find your favourite mascara? Why not use your jars to organise your make up.
  3. Stationary -  I am forever losing my paper clips or pins for my boards use your old candle jars to organise your small stationary items.
  4. Tea light holder -  as the evenings begin to get warmer why not pop in some tea lights or fairy lights in your old jars and use a centre piece on you garden table. If you’re feeling crafty why not paint the jars too.
  5. In your bathroom – Glass is one material that will always look stylish in your bathroom. fill your old candle container with, cotton wool, ear cleaners or plasters. Not only will everything be where you want it but it will also look modern and contemporary.

Why not have a look at our range of soy scented candle here. All our candles burn slowly and  evenly so you can continue to fragrance your beautiful home.

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