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The Easiest Way to Remove Old Wax From a Candle Jar

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One of my most favorite things to do when I'm relaxing around the house is to burn a sweet smelling candle. I must get this from my Dad actually because he always seems to have one burning.
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But what happens when you get to the bottom of the candle? There always seems to still be a little bit of wax left that won't burn down and that awful and messy black residue. You don't want to just throw the nice glass jar out. Now you don't have to. I have the easiest and quickest steps to remove that old wax and residue and have your jar shining in no time. Plus the best part is it's not even messy either.
  • the easiest way to remove old wax from a candle jar, cleaning tips, crafts, repurposing upcycling
First start by making cuts in the bottom of the wax cutting the candle in half and then again in fourths. Cut more slits until it's in eighths. Then take the knife and cut around the entire circumference of the wax to help release it from the edges. *Be careful using a knife.
  • the easiest way to remove old wax from a candle jar, cleaning tips, crafts, repurposing upcycling
Then take a fork and use it to start lifting the wax up and remove it from the jar.
  • the easiest way to remove old wax from a candle jar, cleaning tips, crafts, repurposing upcycling
Pour some Goo Gone on a cloth and start wiping the glass jar until all the wax and residue has been removed. Also use the Goo Gone to help remove any labels or stickers. The Goo Gone helps take a lot of the work out of it where you don't have to scrub really hard.
Be sure to head over to the blog to see the stunning before and after pictures.

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  • Hannah V
    Hannah V Brooklyn, NY
    on Sep 18, 2015

    Thanks so much for the awesome tip! I have so many old candles I need to do this to.

  • Lynn
    Lynn Rehoboth Beach, DE
    on Sep 18, 2015

    Thanks for this great tip. I get frustrated trying to clean out candle residue, with me often throwing out the jar. arrgh..

  • Jeanieblue
    Jeanieblue United Kingdom
    on Sep 20, 2015

    Found this recipe for home-made sticky stuff remover. Will give it a try! 3/4 vegetable oil and 1/4 lemon juice, in plastic spray bottle. Shake before use. Can add drop of favourite essential oil if preferred.

    • Jeanieblue
      Jeanieblue United Kingdom
      on Sep 23, 2015

      @Kathy Ruth I make a lot of jams and chutneys and am always being given jars. It can be a chore removing those sticky labels!

  • Caterina
    Caterina
    on Sep 20, 2015

    If you put the jars in the freezer for a few hours the leftover wax comes out easily as well.

  • Sandra Crosbie
    Sandra Crosbie Ireland
    on Sep 20, 2015

    I just stand my candle jar in a bowl of very hot water. It empties out really easy and it also removes the label.

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