Have you ever thought about repurposing it into something else? Maybe a succulent garden or a glitter dipped makeup brush holder? First step is cleaning your candle jar of all its remaining wax with out damaging it!
Just a little wax left?
Soy wax can be melted with warm tap water. Just soak the jar in clean, warm, soapy water and once the wax has softened, lightly clean the sides with a dish cloth or paper towel. Make sure not to use a scourer or scrubbing cloth, it will damage the glass! The glue that sticks the wick to the glass will also soften and you can just pull it off when cleaning.
Lightly dry, making sure not to scratch the surface inside with nails or rings.
Quite a lot of wax left?
There are 2 ways to remove a large amount of wax from a candle.
The first is, putting the candle in the microwave for 20 seconds at time, until the wax melts enough for it to be poured. With this method, you will have to be really careful not to overheat the wax or the glass! Also make sure to wear oven mitts; the glass will be very hot! After the wax is melted, carefully pour it into a disposable container (old takeaway) and let it harden. Don’t pour melted wax directly into the bin or down the sink!
The second method is placing the candle in the freezer. After about a day the wax will have contracted and you’ll be able to tap the bottom of the candle jar lightly and the wax will pop right out.
Once the wax is removed clean the jar with the instructions above.
Check out our REUSE page for inspiration for your clean candle jars!