Hands up, how many of you out there are addicted to burning candles? I know I am, I love choosing the different scents depending on the season and sitting in the dark with just the glow of a flame. But what I don’t like is how expensive decent candles are, especially when so much of the wax seems to be going to waste! But, never fear. In this blog post, I will show you how to make the most of your candles, making sure nothing goes to waste, in 6 easy steps!
Here is what you are going to need. A used up candle, a sharp instrument (you can use a blunt knife, I’m using an old makeup spatula), a washing up cloth and metal scrubbing brush (the ones you use to wash up).
- Using the spatula or knife, break the wax in a cross pattern, breaking the wax into 4 sections. This should be pretty easy to do if the candle is made with good quality wax, such as Yankee Candle, Village Candle or PartyLite. As you can see, my candle was my summer Yankee Jar, in grapefruit if you are interested.
2. The sections should fall out of the jar pretty easily. However, if you are having trouble getting them out, use the knife again and gently push it around the edges to loosen the wax from the glass. Yankee Candle especially has a habit of gluing the base of the wick to the bottom of the jar, which is a little annoying but is easy enough to bend off. If you are struggling to get a handle on it, wrap your fingers in a cloth, the friction will allow you to get a better hold on the metal and will also avoid you snapping your nails!
3. When you’ve removed all of the wax, you should end up with something that looks like this. The reason we want the wax to remain somewhat intact is because we are going to reuse these pieces later, the bigger they are the easier this will be to do. But first, let’s clean the jar.
4. The first thing you are going to want to do is to fill a washing up bowl with hot soapy water and leave the jar soaking for a few minutes. This will loosen any of the wax that is still stuck in the jar, making it easier to wipe off with a cloth.
5. Then using the scrubbing brush to scrub off the black soot from the top edges of the jar. This is only soot so it should come off easily with a little scrubbing. Once most of it is gone, you can use the cloth to clean off the rest.
6. Now, back to the wax. What you are going to need is a wax burner. These are really easy to come across and can be purchased quite cheaply. By purchasing one of these, you can use the remaining wax until it stops smelling. Simply put a few of the sections onto the hot plate and watch them melt! This also saves you from having to buy wax melts, which can be expensive!
As for the jar, there are so many different things you can use them for, I have one for my coffee pods, once for cotton pads, one holding my brushes and one holding my tea lights!
So there you have it, an easy way to recycle your old, used candle jars! I have found it is a lot less painful for the pocket, spending the money on a nice candle jar when you know it’s going to last you a long time!
With the winter months approaching (perfect candle burning weather), I hope these tips will help you make the most of your candles!
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