DIY Happy Home Tip – Remove Leftover Wax from Candle Jars

I came across a post on the Yellow Brick Home blog and immediately related to the topic. It is something almost all of us, especially women, have encountered. We get a candle and it burns down but there is always a little bit of wax that remains in the bottom. We always tell ourselves (or at least I do) that I can use the jar for something else and so I set it to the side, telling myself that I will remove the remaining wax later. Before you know it you have a whole stash of empty candle jars with annoying wax remnants just sitting around taking up space.


In the post it says that you can simply pour boiling water into the jar with remaining wax and the wax will heat up and float to the top. As the water cools, the wax hardens back up for easy removal. Sounds super easy, right? Right!


Step 1: Gather some of those pesky old candle jars! For the purpose of this post, I used two. Both jars were Febreze Candles. I absolutely LOVE these candles! They are a tad expensive but I have a small house and so I can light one and it makes the whole house smell yummy! Anywho, the pink burned normally but the green one (that I got last Christmas) only burned a little more than half way before the wick ran out.


Step 2: Fill your tea kettle with water and put it on the stove to boil. I didn’t allow mine to boil completely (ie – the kettle didn’t whistle) because I am sort of impatient. No surprise there! But it was almost to the point of boiling. Then pour the water into the jars.

The wax immediately started to melt and float to the top! They (the green one especially) looked like mini lava lamps so it was pleasant to watch…hehe.


Step 3: Let the candles sit there so the water can cool. I believe in the original post, she let the jars cool over night but anyone who knows me knows I’ve never been good at waiting. I let mine cool for about an hour. Then I lightly pushed on one edge of the wax disc that was floating on the surface. The one edge dipped down below the water and I pulled it out in one piece. TIP: You will know if it is cool enough because you want the wax disc to stay in its shape when pushed on. If your finger sinks into the wax, allow it to cool for a little longer.


I also am not a big fan of excess waste and so I set the remaining wax to the side. I have a lamp that has a dish for wax wafers and so I am reusing the wax for that. The pink ball is just a chunk of the pink wax that I rolled into a ball while it was still soft so it would fit in my diffuser better.


Step 4: I did have to repeat the process with the green candle because there was so much wax that the water had cooled before melting all of it.


Once the last of the wax was removed, I gave the jars a quick wash in soapy water and ta-da!

Perfect glass jars that you can reuse for other things! In fact, I used one of them in my earlier post about tinting glass! You can check that out HERE.


My Verdict:


Using boiling water to remove the wax is by far the best method I have ever tried! It is super easy and only takes a couple of hours to complete…not to mention no scrubbing, no breaking up wax with a knife, and no hassle! In fact it is so easy, I’m embarrassed that I haven’t thought to try it sooner. I’ve heard some people like freezing the wax to help it chip out but that just seems like nonsense to me. I apologize if you prefer that method.


Do you have a tip for removing the wax? If not, you should definitely try this one! You won’t use a different method again ;)


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