5 Ways To Remove Leftover Wax From Recycled Glass Candle Jars

Sometimes almost a quarter of the wax meltdown is left in the glass candle jar. We usually think of throwing candle jars away, thinking these jars are a total waste. However, they are mostly recycled glass candle jars you can reuse instead of throwing away. Recycling these old and used candle glass jars can be fun, creative, and easy; you can repurpose them for a new life. It would not cost you extra, and you won’t need to purchase any special tools. Most necessary items and equipment are available in every house for normal use.

Continue reading below to learn a few household hacks to remove wax from these recycled glass candle jars for repurposing.

Top 5 Methods To Remove Leftover Wax From Recycled Glass Candle Jars

Put The Candle Into Hot Water

Clean Recycled Glass Candle Jars by Hot Water

Putting the candle glass jar into hot water can cause leftover wax to melt down. The boiling water can melt the wax and float up to the top. This method requires melting the wax by double boiling it in hot water. The process will need a saucepan, stove top, and 5-15 minutes of total time. However, this process works best with most wax. For palm wax and bee wax, it might take a little longer time.

Follow the instructions below to safely remove the leftover wax from these recycled glass candle jars.

  • Fill the water in the saucepan and simmer in the stove pot.
  • Put the candle jar inside the saucepan and allow it to heat up.
  • Once the wax has all melted down, you can throw it into the garbage to store it inside other recycled glass candle jars for reuse.
  • Once you have removed the wax, use a utensil to eradicate the wick tab.
  • If any sticky residue is stuck with the sticker or glue, use vinegar to remove it by soaking the bottom for 40 minutes. You can even scrap it off with a utensil.
  • Use hot water with dishwashing soap to clean the inside part of the candle.

Watch the video below and you will understand the operation steps more intuitively.

Source: Smart Fox

Fill Boiling Water Into Candle Jar

Clean Recycled Glass Candle Jars by Boiling Water

People on social media sometimes adopt this method for removing clean wax. You only need to add boiling water to the recycled glass candle jars. This method will allow the leftover clean wax to start melting and harden up to the top like a disk. The melting method will take between 20 minutes to 2 hours. It’s a simple yet repetitive process requiring only a measuring glass or a teapot.

  • Start boiling simple water and make sure it’s very hot.
  • Start pouring the water into that container you arranged but handle it with utmost care.
  • The boiling water will start to melt the wax, bringing it to the surface.
  • Since wax is denser than water, allow it time to harden up and puck at the water top.
  • Remove that wax and discard the remaining water carefully.
  • You must repeat this process if there is still a substantial amount of wax left.
  • If the wick is held by sticky residue from a sticker or glue, soak it in the vinegar for 40 minutes.
  • Clean the inside of the recycled glass candle jar with the help of dishwashing soap and hot water.

Put The Candle Jar Inside A Freezer

Put the Recycled Glass Candle Jars Inside Freezer

This method follows the phenomena of wax shrinking in the cold and expanding in a warm temperature. To try this method out, you need a freezer (we all mostly have it at home) and metal utensils. The process can take up to 4 hours or overnight for the whole process.

  • Place your candle inside the freezer for 2-4 hours or overnight.
  • Next, remove it from the freezer and start prying the wax from the jar. It would come out quickly, and some parts might remain intact.
  • Once the wax has started to melt down into a liquid form, you can dispose of it or reuse it by storing it in another recycled glass candle jar.
  • Use a utensil to remove the wick tab after removing the wax.
  • If the wick is held by sticky residue due to a sticker or glue, soak it in vinegar for 40 minutes and wash the inside with hot water and dishwashing soap.

Use A Heat Gun Or Hair Dryer To Melt The Wax

 Use a Heat Gun to Melt Wax From Recycled Glass Candle Jars

You can use a heat gun or a hair dryer to melt the wax from these recycled glass candle jars. This process will blow hot air inside the jar forcing the wax to start melting, and using a heat gun would be more effective. All you need is a hair dryer or a heat gun. The required time would be approximately 5-15 minutes.

  • Start heating all sides of the container with utmost care with a heat gun or hair dryer. Keep doing it until the wax starts melting loosely. Keep your fingers or hand safe during this process.
  • Start removing the solid wax with the help of a knife or fork. You can store and reuse it inside other recycled glass candle jars for repurposing.
  • Take a towel and soak it in alcohol to wipe the jar from the inside.
  • Again, use a utensil to remove the wick tab from the jar’s bottom.
  • If the wick is held by sticky residue from a sticker or glue, soak it in vinegar for 40 minutes.
  • Wash the inside with hot water and dishwashing soap.

Melt The Wax Using The Oven

Use Oven to Melt Wax From Recycled Glass Candle Jars

This method is the most substantial as it melts all the wax from these recycled glass candle jars. This process could get a little messy. However, apart from that, you need an oven, baking sheets, tin foil, and 10-25 minutes of spare time.

  • Preheat your oven at a 200oF or lower temperature degree.
  • Place the recycled glass candle jars in an inverted position inside the oven over the tin-foiled baking sheets.
  • Remove the sheets after 20 minutes or after the wax has melted completely out of the jar.
  • Remove any large solid junk left inside with the help of utensils. Use rubbing alcohol and a paper towel to remove the liquid wax. Be careful, as the jars would be hot, so allow them to cool down for a while.
  • If the wick is held by sticky residue from a sticker or glue, soak it in vinegar for 40 minutes.
  • Use dishwasher soap and hot water to clean the inside of your recycled glass candle jars.

Conclusion

All the above methods can help you safely clean the leftover wax from recycled glass candle jars. After that, you will get a beautiful glass candle holder for your home decoration!

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