How to Repurpose Your Candles
One of my biggest weaknesses in life is when Bath & Body Works has a sale on their 3-wick candles. I have a lifetime supply. I just can’t resist a good deal, especially when they release my irresistible seasonal scents (Black Tie and Flannel).
In the past, I have felt guilty throwing these pretty jars and lids away, but the idea of scraping out all of that wax seemed like too much of a headache. However, I recently stumbled across a little trick to getting the wax out with hardly any effort at all.
These gorgeous jars are perfect for small items like rubber bands, paper clips, push pins, coins, buttons, cotton swabs, nails, chapstick, candy and much more.
As you can see, there are so many ways to use these jars! I will never throw away another one of these jars again. All of the candles have a different style of lid too, so every jar is unique. I like to use them for office supplies and design board clips. However, I also use them for small vases, Q-Tips, and more.
HERE’S HOW TO DO IT:
Place your candle(s) in the freezer for approximately two hours. The cold air shrinks the wax, causing it to separate from the jar.
Once the wax is nice and cold, use a knife or butterknife to help further separate the wax from the glass. Every candle is a little different. Most of the time the wax comes out easily in one big chunk. Although sometimes you have to pry it out in several pieces.
In my experience, the label comes off easily with one pull, and does not leave any residue behind. Now you you must remove the bottom sticker which is much more obvious once the wax is removed. After the jar is back to room temperature, simply place it in a bowl of hot water so that the sticker on the bottom is completely submerged. Wait about 10 minutes, and voila! The sticker will scrape right off.
To remove the excess wax residue, place the jar in the microwave for about 30 seconds, and wipe it away with a napkin. Now, wash the jars and lids with dish soap and water, and you’re done!
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This is pretty much all I do when repurposing candle jars. The whole process is definitely much easier, when you “look after” your candles while burning them.