Wondering how to get wax out of a candle jar? I’ve been burning candles non stop while we’re all home and I didn’t want all of these jars to go to waste! I’ve been testing out different ways how to get wax out of candle jar and I’m here to share them with you!
We’ve all been there. The gorgeous candle we bought more for the jar it came in then the scent itself is completely burnt out. And now…your jar gets to live a new life! Yipee!!
Now comes the hard part. How do you actually get all that gunky wax out of your beautiful jar? Well I’m here to help. Here’s how to get wax out of candle jar…in 4 different ways!
To start, you’ll want to remove as much wax as possible. Some candles you’ll be shocked by how much wax you actually got out of your jar while others you may only get a few small pieces.
What you’ll need to do is get a butter knife and very gently press it into the wax. Do this with force but very carefully. The last thing you’ll want to do is accidentally break your candle jar before you even get your wax out!
4 Ways How to Get Wax Out of Candle Jar
Once you get as much wax out as possible, here’s a few different ways you can try to get the rest of the wax out.
1. Freeze the Candle Wax
This is my go to way for removing wax from jars because it’s super easy and typically the cleanest way to do it!
All you’ll need to do is put the jar into the freezer. Leave it in there for a few hours (or until you actually remember you put it in there haha!).
Remove the jar from the freezer after the wax has frozen. Often times you can just pop the wax right out! Wash with soap and water and you’re done! Easy peasy!
If it doesn’t pop right out, use the butter knife method above, and gently press the knife into the wax.
The cold from the freezer allows the wax to shrink and harden making it easier for you to break it up and remove the pieces.
Clean your jar with soap and water and you’re ready to go!
2. Use Boiling Water
Another way how to get wax out of your candle jar is to use boiling water! Gently pour boiling water into the container covering all of the leftover wax (but not to the very top of the jar).
This will melt the wax! Once it cools you can remove any wax at the top of the water or simply strain it out.
It’s very important to NEVER dump the wax down the drain or you could cause some serious issues with your pipes!
Wipe out any leftover residue with a paper towel and wash with soap and water!
3. Hot Water + a Pot
Another easy way to get wax out of candle jars is to create a double broiler. For this you’ll need to place your empty candle jars in a pot or bowl that can handle boiling water. Put this on your stove or another heat-safe surface.
Gently pour boiling water into the pot so the water covers the sides of the candle jars – but does not go inside them.
Allow the water to melt the wax from the jars. As it melts you can easily use a butter knife or other object to pull the wax away from the jar and remove it!
Once all the wax has been removed you can wash the jar with soap and water and enjoy!
4. In the Oven
This method I haven’t tried because I’m honestly afraid I will end up with wax all over my oven however some people swear by it!
Set your oven to 200°F. Line a cookie sheet (or any baking sheet with a decent lip) with aluminum foil. Place your candle upside down onto the sheet.
Put the candle in the oven for about 15 minutes until the wax has started to melt. Remove the pan and lift the jars off the pan using an oven mitt. Wipe any residual wax from the jar with soap and water.
How to Get A Label Off A Jar
If you’re having trouble getting the label off the jar, simply soak it in soapy water for 5-10 minutes. Scrape off as much of the label as you can.
If there’s still a bit of residue left, try using baby oil or Goo Gone to finish it up. Wash off any excess oil with soapy water and you’re good to go!
There you go! Now you know how to get wax out of candle jars! I hope one of these 4 easy ways help you giving your old jars new life.
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