Asked on Dec 12, 2018

How do I remove wax from a candle jar so I can reuse it?

KyraleeKennaKatie Sara Creates


Remove the wax from a candle jar to reuse the jar

6 answers
  • Put it in the freezer for about 10 minutes, then it should pop out. You may have to melt it out though. I did that for my DIY wax melts :)

  • Em
    on Dec 12, 2018

    First, use a knife to pry the candle and any chunks of wax out of the jar. Scrape away excess wax, and remove the wick collar (the metal end of the wick). When the jar is relatively clean, put it in the microwave for about 20 seconds, then wipe away any melted wax with a paper towel.

  • Holly Lengner - Lost Mom
    on Dec 12, 2018

    If the candle was in a glass jar, you can always boil water and then pour the boiling water into the jar. It should melt the wax residue on the jar and you can wipe it right out.

  • Katie Sara Creates
    on Dec 12, 2018

    I've done this a few times and I find the best method is to stick the jars in a freezer. After they've frozen, remove the jars and gently use a butter knife to create cracks in the wax. Once you've made a few of them, the wax should pop right out. If the wick bases won't budge, allow the jar to defrost and then fill it with hot water. After a few minutes, the adhesive on the bottom of the wicks should loosen up enough for you to pry them off the bottom of the jar.

  • Kenna
    on Dec 12, 2018

    Dawn dishwashing liquid & super hot water. The wax becomes loose & you wipe out the jar with a paper towel. Takes about 3 minutes.

  • Kyralee
    on Dec 14, 2018

    After you get most of the wax/residue out, I stick mine in the dishwasher with no other dishes to get them sparkly clean.

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