Like New Again: Cleaning out Candle Votives

I love candles. I love the way they look and smell when lit. I don’t like the waxy mess that’s left behind. It can be such a pain when you want to use a new candle in the same jar. I’m here to bring you a new way to handle that problem. With a few simple steps and your jars will be wax free and ready for the next candle!
 
Materials needed: water, pot, jars, aluminum foil, tongs, wash cloth, paper towel
 

 
Here is my before picture. The candles in these votive holders would no longer light and I was looking to replace them with a new color.
 
 
Now for the steps.  Bring a pot of water to a boil.
 
 
Put the jars into the boiling pot. You can do one at a time or more if you feel comfortable. (I have never had it happen, but there is the potential of glass breaking when it hits the hot water, so please be careful and definitely don’t put a cold glass into it. These were room temperature.)
 
 
After the wax has started to melt and pull away from the sides, remove the jars. I used tongs so that I wouldn’t have to touch the hot jars, but feel free to find your own safe method!
 
 
Once you have the jars out, quickly dump them onto foil. Leave the wax there. I held the jars with a washcloth after I took them out of the pot. Safety first!
 
 
Use a paper towel or napkin to wipe the glass clean. This will gather any wax residue that is left. You’ll notice I’m still holding the jar with the washcloth since it’s still hot!
 
 
Voila! Set the jar aside and start on the next one! Then, go find a new candle to put in the jar! 
 
 
 
Oh and clean up is also a breeze. Put all the trash on the foil…
 
 
Ball it up and throw it away!
 
 

Until next time, happy candle burning!
 
 

  1. The Rachael Way

    April 17, 2014 at 4:43 pm

    Oh this is great! What a cute little DIY!

  2. Elizabeth @ October June

    April 18, 2014 at 12:05 am

    This is awesome! They could be used for so many things after that! xx, Elizabeth

    http://www.octoberjune.com

  3. Lora Ashley

    April 20, 2014 at 1:19 am

    Oh this is good to know! I always end up throwing them out lol

  4. Jessica @ Independent Travel Cats

    April 20, 2014 at 4:15 am

    Great tips! I wonder if this would work with candles in non-glass containers as well?

  5. Pam

    April 20, 2014 at 10:20 pm

    It might since the container should be heat resistant!

  6. Mari

    April 27, 2014 at 2:22 am

    Why didn't I think of that? What a great idea! Thanks. ~Mari

  7. Pam

    April 27, 2014 at 11:16 pm

    I saw it done somewhere (don't remember where now) but definitely made a few adjustments to make clean up easier!

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