Simple DIY: Remove Wax From a Candle Holder

Feb 26

Candles are something I absolutely love! When lucky enough to work from home, guaranteed you’ll find one burning on my desktop. It brings me peace. And it brings an element of beauty into my space because I enjoy candles that come in pretty containers. 2 of my favorites candles are the Provencal Bath collection from Restoration Hardware and the Balsam & Cedar candle by Illume…

 

Both smell amazing, aren’t too strong in fragrance and come in a beautiful jar. I love the mercury glass of the Illume candle.

how to clean wax from a candle holder

But when the candle burns out on its final day, I find myself wanting to re-purpose it as a container or vase. With the number of teacher or neighbor gifts on my list at any given time, it’s always good to have jars available for candies or flowers. Or I’m happy to just re-purpose somewhere in my house. The glass jars can even be turned upside down to give height on a table arrangement. Or … why not just re-purpose as a new candle holder!

how to remove wax from a candle holder

Did you know you can easily remove the wax from nearly any container in order to re-purpose it? It’s as simple as boiling water…

how to remove wax from a candle holder

Filling your candle holder…

how to remove wax from a candle holder

And watching the wax float to the surface. You can already see the boiling water going to work here…within seconds…

how to remove wax from a candle holder

The water causes the wax to liquify and bubble to the top. Another positive to this task is that your home will smell amazing…as the candle melts, it smells as if you’re burning it.

After an hour or so, I returned to the kitchen to see this…

how to remove wax from a candle holder

The Restoration candle wax came right out as a little disc…

how to remove wax from a candle holder

how to remove wax from a candle holder

All that was needed was a quick wash and wipe down. The wick came right out without any trouble as well…

how to remove wax from a candle holder

Good as new! And ready to be useful again…

how to remove wax from a candle holder

The Illume candle was easy to clean. The wax was softer so I used a butter knife to gently remove the wax from the top…

how to remove wax from a candle holder

Then I wiped the very soft wax and wick out from the inside of the holder…

how to remove wax from a candle holder

I’m seeing a new mercury vase in my future!…

how to remove wax from a candle holder

This is one of the easiest tips for cleaning and re-purposing a candle holder. I’m sure you’ll see these two in a future post full of flowers or Easter candy! Or as a useful organizer of some kind.

If you’d like to purchase the candles in this post, you can find the Illume candle here and the Restoration candle here!

Hope you’re having a good Friday everyone!

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  1. Barbara Owen says:

    Thanks so very much. I’ve needed this info for a long time.

  2. Robyn says:

    Great advice, thank you 🙂

  3. tori says:

    Caution is advised. I used this method a couple of years ago and the jar shattered into jagged pieces. I’ve had success pouring an inch or so of room temperature water in the jar before adding the boiling water. Also, placing the jar in the microwave for a few seconds, then wipe with a paper towel. Start with fifteen seconds and use a pot holder to remove the jar from the microwave.

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