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Candle Recycling: Part Two

Welcome back! Here's the second part of my candle recycling post. This time I'll be showing you how to clean out the glass jars we emptied in part one. These jars make great storage containers! Or, you can use them to make more candles!


From this...

...to this!

Here's what you'll need:
-Glass candle jars (it's okay if there's a little bit of wax left inside)
-Water
-A pot
-Dish soap
-Wash cloth or sponge (one with a scouring pad is very helpful!)
Note: If you have a dark colored wash cloth, I'd use it. The soot might stain a lighter colored cloth.



1. Fill your pot with water and get it on the stove to boil. Keep in mind that you'll be pouring this pot, so make sure it pours easily and isn't too heavy. While you're waiting for the water to boil, you can remove the labels on your jars if you haven't already.

2. Line up your jars close to the stove so you don't have too far to go. Once the water is boiling, very carefully pour water into each jar. Don't fill them to the brim, but cover as much of the remains of the wax as you can.

3. Now we wait! Let the water cool completely. This will take a while. It'd be a great idea to let it sit over night if you want to.

4. When everything is cool, you can save and reuse the wax by pouring the water through a strainer, or just throw it out. Whatever you decide to do, DO NOT pour the water down your sink drain. The wax could cause it to clog up later. After pouring out the water, use a paper towel to wipe out whatever wax or other debris is left inside the jar.

5. Now, wash the jars in warm water with dish soap. There should be little if any wax left in the jars, and any label residue should come off with a little scrubbing.

That's all! Now your pretty glass jars are clean and wax-free.



Fill them with whatever you like! They make great displays for craft supplies, or storage for cosmetics. I hope you enjoyed this post! What will you use your jars for?

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