How to Remove Wax from your Candle Jars

Candles make great gifts for a multitude of occasions and they are the perfect way to treat yourself. However, once the wax is done and the scent is coming to a close, what do you do with the candle jar? 

Have no fear you do not have to throw out your candle jars! In fact, you don’t even recycle it. Instead, reuse and repurpose it in your own home décor!

You can use them to store cotton balls or q-tips in your bathroom or even repurpose some Candle Jars for storage in the kitchen! You can even  turn them into a drinking glass or a craft project.

In this guide, Krazy Kandle will break down how to clean your candle jar so you can repurpose the glass containers. Learn how to remove the leftover wax from candle jars and repurpose them in whatever way you want!

Heat the Candle Jar

If your candle jar has a wide-mouth opening, this method works incredibly well. Here’s how to clean candle jars using the hot water method:

Since you’re going to be pouring hot water into the jar, rest it on a protective dish towel or potholder. Boil water then pour it into the container, leaving an inch at the top. You should see the candle wax melt and float to the surface. Be sure to allow the glass container time to cool before you remove the wax and strain the water. Once the container is cool to the touch you can simply place a paper towel or strainer over the top and dump the water. Do be careful as you do not want the wax going down your drain.

Freeze your Candle Jar

Another method for cleaning candle jars and removing the wax uses the opposite means. Instead of using hot water, you will use cold. Placing your candle jar inside a freezer overnight has to be one of the most effortless ways to get rid of the wax. The next morning, all you have to do is turn the glass container upside down and the wax should just pop right.

Occasionally, the wax might need a little help coming out of the Candle Jar. All you need to do is grab a butter knife or even a spoon and press down on the corner of the wax. This should pop up the opposite side of the wax, giving it some lift so it can fall out or offer enough grip for your fingers to retrieve it from the jar. 

Bake Your Candle Jar

Baking your candle jar is another surefire way to get the wax out of the container. You will want to preheat your oven to 200 degrees Fahrenheit. While the oven is preheating, line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and place the candle jar upside down with the open end on the foil. I like to fold up the edges of the foil to create a border to make sure no wax escapes.

When the oven reaches temperature, place the baking sheet inside. At this point, you will want to keep a watchful eye on the candle jar. In about 10- 15 minutes, the wax should melt and pool on the foil. When this happens, remove the baking sheet from the oven and rest it on a heat-safe surface like the stovetop or a couple of trivets.

Next, slip on some oven mitts and remove the jars from the baking sheet. If you notice some left over wax inside, carefully wipe with a paper towel.  I use a long spoon and wrap the paper towel around the top to ensure I do not get burned. Then set the Candle Jar aside to cool as you remove the leftover wax from the foil to reserve it for other uses. Once the candle jar has cooled completely, then you can wash and rinse it with soap and water.


Sometimes, a candle is chosen for its scent. Other times, a candle jar is chosen for a unique candle. So there you have. A few quick and easy way to repurpose your favorite candle jar! Be sure to check out our Krazy Kandle Blog for more fun tips!

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