Cleaning and Reusing Candle Jars


I love Bath & Body Works candles. I love them. The smell. The cute labels. The nice jars with lids.

The price? Not so much. Granted, they always have some good sales going on but it's still difficult to just throw the candles away when the wax is all gone and they won't burn anymore. Solution? I no longer throw them out when they're done.

This tutorial will show you how to easily clean out the candles and remove the labels so they're all set for whatever you have planned for them. Once you learn how to clean them out, the possibilities are endless. However, I do have the most wonderful tutorial for Easy Gold Candle Jars that you will LOVE!

Here's what you'll need:
  • Used candle jars
  • Dish soap 
  • White vinegar
  • Butter knife
  • Windex (optional)
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Step One:

Put the used candle jars in the freezer for a few hours or overnight.

Step Two:

By putting the jars in the freezer, the wax will loosen so grab your butter knife and begin puncturing the wax. As it breaks into pieces you should be able to reach in and start taking the loose pieces out. You can either throw the pieces out or use them in a wax burner. (The wick/wicks at the bottom should come out easily- if not, wait to remove them until the next step).

Step Three

At this point I like to soak the candle jars in really hot water for about ten minutes to a half hour to make it easier to remove the labels. Once you've successfully removed the labels, start to wipe the jars to get off any excess glue or soot that is stuck. If you're having trouble getting this stuff off, use vinegar to wipe it.

Step Four

Rinse with dish soap and water. And if you're really wanting the jar to shine, use some Windex or other glass cleaner to polish it.

Enjoy! xo

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