Candle jars are ideal for storing stuff in them, it could be anything from succulent terrariums to make up essentials. However, what is the easiest way to remove wax from old candle jars so that you can reuse them? Read on below for some quick tips…..
1. Freeze the Candle Wax
Cold causes wax to harden and shrink, making it easier to remove. Use a butter knife or a spoon [depending on how soft your wax is] to break up any large chunks of wax that remain in the container. Place the candle in the freezer for a couple of hours until it is frozen. The wax should pop right ut of the container. If necessary you can loosen it with a butter knife. Scrape off any excess and clean the container with soap and water.
2. Use the Oven
Scrape out as much wax as you can with a butter knife or spoon. Heat the oven to 180 degrees and line a rimmed baking pan with tinfoil or one or two layers of parchment paper. Place the candles upside down on the pan and set the pan in the oven. The wax will melt in about 15 minutes. Remove the pan and place on a heat-safe surface. Hold the container using a towel or pot holder and wipe the inside with a paper towel. Let the container cool and then clean with soap and water. The wax should melt and run down onto the paper. You will need to wipe the containers after this with a paper towel to clear any residue.
Be careful when handling glass from the oven.
3. Create a Double Boiler
Remove as much wax as you can with a butter knife or a spoon. Place the glass container into a pan or bowl of boiling water will gradually warm and soften the wax allowing you to easily scrape out the softened wax. Pour boiling water into the pot around the candle, making sure that the water does not get into the candle jar. Let the jar sit in the hot water until the wax has softened. Hold the jar in one hand and use a butter knife to loosen the wax. Remove the container from the water, pop out the wax, wipe the inside with a paper towel and wash thoroughly with soap and water.
4. Use the Microwave
Like the previous methods try to get as much wax out of the jar/container first before placing them into the microwave. The good thing about microwaves is that it can be used for all wax types due to how the microwave oven works.
Before putting your glassware into the microwave you need to check that it’s microwave friendly. If you have coloured or bubbled glass containers then do NOT microwave them. If you are in any way unsure of whether your glass can be microwaved or not then DON’T. Safety always comes before time saving.
Again, when you are done wipe with a paper towel and wash thoroughly.
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