Cleaning Out Candle Jars
I had wanted to repurpose candle jars for a while now but had not taken the time to do so. Clean candle jars can be used for holding cosmetics, bathroom items, pens and pencils, flowers, cupcake liners, utensils for tailgating, box tops, nail polish, and really anything you can think of. Last week, after doing some research on Pinterest, I picked two methods to test and find out which is the best for cleaning out old candle jars. The two that I chose were freezing the candle and pouring boiling water into the jar to melt the remaining wax.
When I began this experiment, I thought this was going to be the method that worked best. Since I had an odd number of jars to clean out, I opted to try two of the three this way. First, I put my candles onto a baking sheet to collect any water I may spill.
When my water was boiling, I filled each jar about half way full. The wax at the bottom bubbled up to the top and it was actually pretty cool to watch. I time lapsed it and you can watch the video by clicking the link.
When the water had cooled and the layer of wax at the top had hardened, I removed them from the jar. Although some remained, it did a pretty good job getting a lot of the wax out.
I ended up repeating this two more times to get all of the wax out. It was difficult to remove the wicks due to the sticky material on the bottom; the hot water did not help with that at all.
This was definitely a much simpler method: stick the whole candle jar into the freezer. I did all of my holiday baking and about 8 hours later decided to go ahead and pull it out. I stuck a knife in the middle of the hardened wax and it cracked in two pieces and everything came out. It was so easy!
Afterwards, I peeled the labels off and put my jars into the dishwasher to clean the glass. They came out sparkling and I cannot wait to use them! If you are looking to repurpose candle jars I recommend freezing them.