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Remove the candle was from glass jars and use the jars for hundreds of other things. How to Remove Candle Wax from JarsDo you like to recycle items?  Candle jars come in many different sizes and shapes and can be used in hundreds of different ways once the candles have burned down and the wax is removed.  Here are two of my favorite ways to remove candle wax.

Remove candle was by freezing the wax.

Use a sharp knife to score lines in the wax, place the candle jar in the freezer for several hours. Wax will shrink.  Remove jar from freezer and once you get a piece of the frozen wax out, the rest of the wax just comes right out.

How to Remove Candle Wax from Jars

Remove candle wax using the boiling water method:

Pour boiling water into the candle jar. Then let the water cool and the wax will float to the top of the jar during the cooling process. DO NOT POUR THE WATER DOWN THE SINK OR EVER PUT MELTED CANDLE WAX DOWN THE SINK. You never want to do this.   Always be very careful with sharp knives used to remove wax.  I have no problem removing the labels from the jars by just soaking in the sink in hot water with dish washing liquid and scraping the label off with a knife.

Candle jars can be used for paperclips, rubber bands, spices, cotton balls and swabs, seeds, candy, seashells, bath salts, screws and bolts. There are many ways you can use these cute jars.  You can make pretty labels for them and display on shelves.  Let us know how you recycle items and how you use them in your home. We love hearing your ideas! Enjoy!

I love candles like this, and then you can reuse the jar! 

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  1. Jean Marie says:

    To remove labels you heat the label with a hair dryer. This melts the glue. Peel label off. Glue comes off with the label.

  2. Great ideas ! Soooo glad to see a print icon on here. To many post dont have one. Thank U !

  3. All the removed candle wax can also be recycled, save until you have enough to melt down and pour yourself another candle.

    • The Southern Lady says:

      Yes, you are so right Della. We will have to do a future post on how to recycle the candle wax. Thank you for your comment. Have a great weekend.

  4. Great tip. Thank you.

  5. I love this post; I have about 8 candle jars that I want to recycle and this tip just hit the spot!!! I love all of your posts!!!

  6. Carol Ralston says:

    Thanks for the great tips, but can you suggest a way to remove wick holder at base off jar

    • The Southern Lady says:

      If you are talking about the metal piece like you see in the third picture on the post. I have no problem once the wax is removed just sticking something under it and it pops right out. Anything curved like a knife, church key bottle opener, whatever you have available. A lot of candles don’t even have a wick holder in them. Hope this helps.

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