Don’t throw out that expensive candle. Learn how to get the wax out of a candle container and give it a second lease on life
So you bought a high-end candle, and then you realize that you can’t reuse the jar. We can hear you. We understand. Learn the techniques to extract wax from candle jars of any size. This will give these containers a new lease on life. You don’t need to have any special equipment or take a lot of time. All you require is some patience and a little bit of kitchen knowledge. With Aussie Candle Supplies you can get a large variety of unique candle jars. Find out how to extract wax from a candle container once and for everything.
- Freeze the candle wax
Warm temperatures cause the wax to harden and shrink. It’s easier to remove than hot. If the container is small, you can use a knife or a spoon to cut any waxy bits that are still in it. Put the candle in the freezer and let it sit for several hours, or until it has frozen. The wax should pop out of its container. You can also remove it with a butter knife if you need to. You can scrape off any residue, and then wash the container with soapy water.
- Boil water
Also, hot water is an option to get rid of the wax. Use a towel or newspaper to protect the candle. Use butter knives or spoon to get rid of as much wax as possible. Allow the container to cool in boiling water. Use hot water that is not boiling if the candle is made with a soft wax like soy wax. The boiling water will melt the wax, and it will rise to the top. Let the water cool. Then, remove the wax. Strain the water and get rid of any tiny wax particles. Don’t pour any wax down your drain. You can scrape off any remaining wax, and then clean the drain with soap and warm water.
- Use the Oven
This method works well for multiple containers. You can scrape off as much wax with a butter knife or spoon. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees. Line a rimmed pan with parchment or tinfoil. Place the candles upside-down in the pan. The wax should melt in approximately 15 minutes. Place the pan in a heat-safe place. Then, hold the container in your hand using a towel. Let the container cool before cleaning it with soapy water.
- You can make a double boiler
With a butter knife or a spoon, remove as much wax from the candle as possible. Place the candle into a pot or large bowl made of metal on a heat-safe plate. A dishtowel can be placed under the candle to stop it from moving in the pot. The candle should be placed in a hot pot. Let the jar cool in the hot water for about 15 minutes to allow the wax to soften. You can hold the jar in one hand and then use butter knives to break the wax. To remove the wax from the container, take it out of the water. Wash the container with soapy water.