We get asked all of the time--should I recycle my old candle jars? Well, if you want to but here's a better idea... reuse them! Yeah, did you know you can reuse your candle jars?
Interested in cleaning them up for a new life? Read along to see what you need to clean, how to clean, and two different avenues we took with our scrubbed up candle jars.
Here's a list of everything you'll need and a photo to help.
Blue shop towels--these are the best when working with soy wax.
Needle nose pliers-- to grab the base of the wick.
Small saucepan-- with about an inch of water in the base.
Goo Gone-- to remove the sticker labels.
Isopropyl alcohol-- to remove the residual wax left behind after warming.
Trash can-- preferably nearby.
Grease fighting dish soap or a dishwasher-- for the final clean.
On we go!
First, ensure you have all of your supplies nearby to make for quick work.
Step One: Using a stove top or hot plate, warm the water in the saucepan. Do not bring it to boiling temperatures. We are just wanting to warm the wax in the bottom to make it pliable enough to remove.
See note*** below.
***Do not let the glass jar rest on the bottom of the sauce pan, you will need to hold it so it never touches the saucepan. If the glass comes in contact with the bottom of the saucepan you run the risk of the glass exploding.***
Step Two: Once the wax is warm enough remove from the water bath and remove the saucepan from heat and turn the burner off. You can tell it's warm enough when it begins to liquefy. Look closely at the photo, you can see it's starting to liquefy. The wax will start turning the rich gold color, just like when you burn it. No need to melt it completely, we just need to warm it up.
You'll also note that it wasn't too hot where I needed to use a hot pad or oven mitt... remember, just warming the wax.