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The Easiest Way to Clean Out Candle Wax!

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I am about to share with you one of the easiest tricks of the century! You see, I bought two candles on clearance recently, and the containers were beautiful! In fact, the bowls looked almost identical to some of my Anthropologie bowls. I just HAD to keep them once the candles were finished burning.
(In the pic below, my Anthro bowls are on the left, and the candle is on the right.)
So, how was I gonna get that wax out? I’ve used the technique where you boil some water and then let the jar sit in the boiling water for a little while. Yes, it worked, but I didn’t feel like using that process this time....It was just too high maintenance. I wanted to find a quicker way.
So, here’s the secret that I discovered on Pinterest….You can actually remove your candle wax by freezing it! Now, I’m sure some of you have heard about this idea before, but for those of you who haven’t, I’d like to share with you how this new secret-in-my-pocket is done.
1. Place your candle carefully into the freezer.
2. Let it sit in the freezer for a few hours.
3. Patiently wait while it freezes over.
4. Pull your candle out and place on a secure surface.
5. Using a knife, GENTLY slide your knife in between the wax and the bowl. (When I say gently, I mean ever so tenderly! If not, below is what will happen to your beloved bowl. Thank goodness I had two!!)
6. You’ll be amazed at how easily the wax comes right out!
Voila! There you have it! You could also use this method on glass jars. So exciting! The possibilities are endless!
Have you ever used this technique before? Or what are some other easy ways that you’ve found work for you? I’d love to hear about them!
To see more tips and ideas, check out my blog, TheRusticBoxwood.Com. I'd love for you to hop on over and say hello! You can also find me pinning pretty pics on Pinterest and sharing inspiring photos on Instagram and Facebook. Thanks so much, and have a great day!

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  • Hannah V
    Hannah V Brooklyn, NY
    on Apr 13, 2016

    Such an amazing tip! I've been wanting to do this to get some unique bowls and dishes. Where or where did you snag those awesome candles?

    • The Rustic Boxwood
      The Rustic Boxwood Atlanta, GA
      on Apr 14, 2016

      Thanks so much, Hannah! ;) I got them at a small "mom and pop" shop here in Georgia. ;)

  • Beverly Campbell
    Beverly Campbell Aumsville, OR
    on Apr 14, 2016

    I have an electric cup warmer (for tea or coffee) I set the container on that for as long as it takes to melt the candle. I then pour the melted wax into a tin can and quickly wipe out the container to get leftover wax and then either put through the dishwasher of was with hot water and some soap. works great!

  • Cyndi Dimanno-Valentine
    Cyndi Dimanno-Valentine Maryville, TN
    on Apr 14, 2016

    U can also pour some water in the container and microwave for 2 minutes, then wash

  • Jkmbestself
    Jkmbestself Canada
    on Apr 14, 2016

    I do that but save all my old wax in Ziploc bags by colour. Then 2x a year I buy wax from the craft store (50% off coupon day) and some wicks and make more candles to burn. The scent is still there and the candles burn wonderfully. The last time I did it I made 300$ worth of candles for 80$

  • Tamara K
    Tamara K Winthrop, MA
    on Apr 14, 2016

    I've been doing this for ages. You don't need to use a knife if you let the candle set in the freezer for 24-hours. Mine just pop right out. I only use a knife (an exacto) to cut the remaining wax in half if the container has a smaller neck. :)

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