How to Clean Wax From Candle Jars

30 Minutes
Here's an easy way to recycle old waxy candle jars. They can then be used for storage and organization around your home. They look so pretty displayed on a shelf, and are perfect to hold your random art supplies.
I used to throw my old jar candles away until I realized you can recycle and reuse them. There is a method of removing the wax from these old jars by putting them in the freezer for a while, freezing the wax, and it will break apart and come out of the jar. This method is a bit quicker and will make your house smell wonderful!
Begin by melting the wax in a saucepan of boiling water. I suggest setting the jar in the water before it's boiling, and allow the wax to warm while the water is warming. In fact, you may not even need to heat it to boiling before the wax begins to melt. Just watch your particular candle and see when it's ready.
Next, pour out the remaining wax into an aluminum foil bowl to discard it.
Then, run the jar under warm (not hot) water to loosen any remaining wax, then buff with a cloth to remove the remainder of the wax. Repeat this process if necessary. Be sure not to let the wax go down your sink.
Voila! Perfectly clear glass jars for your home organizing needs. *Not Food Safe*
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  • Janet Janet on Feb 13, 2019

    Why not food safe if you cleaned it?

  • Kathy Kathy on Sep 08, 2019

    What can I make with old 5inch soft blinds

  • Barbara Barbara on Mar 24, 2021

    Does anyone know for certain if storing dry grains and beans in thoroughly cleaned empty candle jars will cause a problem? I’ve been doing it for years, but maybe I’m slowly making us all sick without realizing it.

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  • Lottie Crafts Lottie Crafts on May 03, 2019

    I use the left over wax from the candle in my wax melter instead of buying the little cubes or tarts. Then cleaned out the jars and used for vases and they make great faux jack o’ lanterns.

  • Tammy Sigman Tammy Sigman on Dec 02, 2022

    I put my candle jars in freezer and the wax comes right out when you tap the wax with a knife. It breaks up and falls right out.

    • Yps15725597 Yps15725597 on Jan 01, 2023

      This really works the best for removing wax from candle jars.