How to Easily Remove Wax From Old Candle Containers


If you’re a candle lover like me, you probably have a collection of empty candle jars waiting to be repurposed.  However, before you can give them a new life, it’s important to remove the leftover wax.  In this guide, I’ll walk you through the steps to easily remove wax from old candle containers, allowing you to repurpose them in creative ways.

Freeze the Candle Jar

To begin, place the partially used candle in the freezer for a maximum of one hour.  Freezing the candle will cause the wax to contract and separate from the walls of the jar, making it easier to remove.

Use a Butter Knife or Spoon to Remove Remaining Wax

Take a butter knife or small spoon and gently carve the wax and wick out of the candle jar.  Be careful not to scratch or damage the container while doing this.  With a little effort, the wax should come off easily, leaving you with a clean jar.

Fill the Jar With Hot Water

Another way to remove residue wax from a candle container is to fill the jar with hot water until it almost reaches the brim.  Allow the jar to sit undisturbed until the water has cooled down.  The hot water will melt the wax and cause it to float to the top.  Once the water has cooled the wax will start to solidify, allowing you to easily lift it out using your fingers or a spoon.  Make sure to remove all the floating wax bits.

Clean and Repurpose

Finally, it’s time to give your candle jar a thorough cleaning.  Wash it with warm soapy water, ensuring all traces of wax are removed.  Rinse the jar thoroughly and dry it completely before using it for your desired purpose.  Now, your candle jar is ready to be repurposed!


Removing wax from old candle containers doesn’t have to be a daunting task.  By following these simple steps, you can easily and effectively remove wax residue, allowing you to repurpose your candle jars with ease.  Whether you plan to use them for storage, as decorative containers, or to create your own homemade candles, these cleaned, and wax-free jars will serve you well.  Give it a try and breathe new life into your old candle containers today!

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