How to Get Candle Wax Out of a Jar

That candle jar can be recycled and used for SO many things!

Candles can entirely change the way your home feels, depending on the scent. You may light them to help relax or feel calm, or you may even choose a scent to help energize you. And while we all love a favorite candle that seemingly lasts forever, there comes a time when it just gets too low to keep burning.

If the candle was a special gift, or if it’s in a particularly pretty vessel, you may want to use the jar for other things. But what about that pesky wax that remains in the bottom? Luckily, we’ve got the perfect hack for how to get candle wax out of a jar.

How to Get Wax Out of a Candle Jar

There are a number of clever methods to get wax out of a candle jar. The easiest way is to simply pop your candle in the freezer for a few hours to allow the wax to harden. Once it’s frozen, you should be able to utilize a butter knife to pop the wax out of the bottom of the jar.

You can also use a hairdryer if you don’t have too much wax in the bottom of your jar. Place the jar on a heat-resistant surface, or hold it in your hand with an oven mitt. Turn the hairdryer on high and point it toward the wax. The wax will start to melt, making it easier to scrape out with a butter knife.

If you have quite a few vessels to clean out, consider putting them in the oven all at once. Preheat the oven to 180ºF and prepare a baking sheet with aluminum foil. Turn the candles upside down on the foil and put the baking sheet in the oven. It’ll take 10-15 minutes for the wax to melt out of the candle. Once melted, take the baking sheet out of the oven and transfer the empty jars to a cooling rack or heat-resistant surface. Once the wax dries on the aluminum foil, just bunch it up and toss it for easy clean-up.

How to Reuse Your Candle Jars

So now you have a gorgeous candle jar that’s completely wax-free, what can you do with it? Once the wax has been removed from your candle jars, and you’ve cleaned them with soap and water, the uses are endless.

You can use recycled candle jars as storage containers for cotton balls, cotton swabs or hair ties or turn them into pen or pencil holders. If you want to keep them glowing, place a tealight in the bottom. Another clever use? Old candle jars make for beautiful planters!

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Molly Allen
Molly Allen is a previous bakery owner and former event planner. Now, a freelance writer and editor focused on food and beverage, lifestyle, travel and parties, she brings her years of experience and industry knowledge to readers across a variety of platforms.