Friday, October 4, 2013

Removing Wax From Candles

I have this habit of buying these cute little candles every time I go into Ikea.  They're cheap and they smell good.

I had been keeping the used ones and not throwing them away.  They were piling up in a drawer in the kitchen.  I knew there would be a use for them one day.  I began searching for ways to remove the remaining wax and re-use them.  I found that this way works best.

1. Boil a pot of water.  Pour the water into the candles.  Be very careful.  I sat a plate underneath so I wouldn't have water all over the counter.  The wax will start to melt and float to the top.

2.  Let them sit for a while to give the wax a chance to harden.  I left mine overnight simply because I started doing other things.  The wax will become a hard layer on top. 

3. Take a knife and pull the layer out.  If the wick is stuck at the bottom, use the knife to pop it up.

4. Pour the water out.  NOT DOWN THE DRAIN!  It has wax in it.  I poured mine out in the yard.  Better there than the pipes right?  Give them a wash and you've got yourself some clean glass containers to do whatever you wish.

I'm using them in the hall bathroom to hold personal items.

Don't you love re-using things?  I've got a whole drawer of leftover candles waiting to be cleaned and used.


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  1. Great tip! I always mean to save those jars and then get frustrated trying to get them clean. I will keep this in mind next time.

    BTW I love you backsplash, looks a lot like the one I have in my kitchen on with calmer colors.

  2. I started doing this about a year ago, but I think your method is better than mine. I will try it your way next time. To think of all those great glass jars that I have thrown out over the years that could have been saved! Thanks for sharing!

  3. Wow, easier than I thought! I have saved a bunch too and really want to use them. Thanks.

  4. I have a couple of these right now sitting in my freezer to try that method! I might do this if that doesn't work (obviously after they warm up to at least room temperature though!)

  5. Great tip Andrea! thank you so much!

  6. Cute use for them! I'd love if you'd link up to The DIY'ers.

  7. Oh my goodness! What a fabulous tip! Thanks for linking up to Tickled Pink Times Two.

  8. That is like a million times easier than I thought it would be. Thanks for sharing!

  9. Such a great trick! I'm pinning to my Tips and Tricks board. Thanks for sharing it at the Pinworthy Project Party

  10. Great tip! I'm going to try this!

  11. Great idea! I got some candles at a yard sale that are in very decorative holders, and I just wasn't sure how to get the old wax out. Well, there ya go! :) Thanks so much for sharing and for linking up over at the Lovely Lades link party this week!
    -Molly from Just a Little Creativity

  12. Thank you for the tip!
    esthersipatchandquilt at yahoo dot com

  13. seriously, is it really that easy. bc i have made huge messes trying to do this! any tips for removing wax from fabric??

    1. Iron the fabric with a piece of paper towel between the fabric and the iron. Not too high to burn the paper. The paper towel will soak up the wax.

  14. Great tip. I usually put my candlesticks in the freezer and then it pops off....but this sounds like a plan, too.


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