The Easiest Way To Remove Wax from a Glass Candle Jar
If you are here chances are you read my latest post on How To Repurpose Candle Jars Into Farmhouse Decor. So you already know why I’m writing this post. But if not head on over there and check it out. Seriously go now it’s a great post friend.
My love for candles runs deep. Bath and Body Work candles are my absolute favorite because they come in these amazing thick glad jars. These jars can be repurposed into so many different things. I recently made farmhouse planters out of my 3 from fall. But if Farmhouse isn’t your thing just search Pinterest to find tons of great ideas on how to repurpose candle jars. But before you can repurpose them you need to remove the wax and labels right? It’s pretty simple to do and only takes a tiny bit of elbow grease.
To remove wax from candle jars you will need
Boiling hot water
Tongs or butter knife
Go ahead and start a pot of boiling water.
First, you’re going to want to light the wick of your candle (if you can) and melt the remaining wax. Once all the remaining wax is melted use a paper towel to soak up the wax or pour the wax into the trash can. Your water should be boiling by now.
Second, you’re going to fill up each jar with about 3 inches of boiling water. Let sit for a good 5-10 minutes. You will see the wax start to loosen from the bottom. You may need to use your butter knife to carefully help break up the wax if you still have a bunch of wax. Most of the time it will just break loose in a solid chunk.
If you have let the boiling water sit 10 minutes and your metal wick has still not come loose on its own, use your tongs or butter knife to wiggle it lose. Usually, it will come loose without much help.
Now you’re going to want to dump the wax and water out somewhere. DONT NOT DUMP IN YOUR KITCHEN DRAIN.
Here are the candle jars right after dumping out the wax. As you can see they still have some waxy residue on them. Take a paper towel and wipe off what you can. What does not come off with a paper towel the Goof Off will take right off.
Now remove the labels from your jars
They should peel off pretty easily. Then spray down your jars with Goof Off and let sit for a few minutes. Wipe down with paper towels and rinse with warm water and you should have nice clean glass jars that are ready to be repurposed.