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How To Recycle Candle Glass

Updated on March 18, 2012

The Dreaded End of a Candle

So you're there. That point when you've burned your candle so low, it is no longer burnable. Agh. How frustrating.

I have always hated throwing away my used candles. Especially when it was a scent I really liked or a glass I thought was really cool. Well now, I am here to tell you about how to recycle those candle glasses.

Melted Wax
Melted Wax

Get The Wax Out Of The Glasses

Not as hard as you think.

The hardest part of recycling used candle glasses is getting all the remaining wax out of the glass. If you don't use your head or get too hasty, you can end up with fingernails full of candle wax. Ick. This can easily be overcome by utilizing a candle warmer, or by using boiling water.

If you use a candle warmer, you'll at least get to smell the wonderful scent that is the rest of your favorite candle. But I recommend using boiling water so the wax can reach it's maximum temperature. If you use boiling water, I like to place my used candle in the water before it is boiling. It reduces the chance of being burned from splashes if you happen to drop it in too quickly.

You also want to get your sink faucet water ready and hot.

When your candle wax is fully melted from the water or candle warmer, you'll want to pour it out. I recommend pouring it in your sink so you're less likely to have an accident while trying to pour in a trash can or something. This is why you want your hot water on. You definitely don't want it to stick to the inside of your sink OR the garbage disposal, so pour it under the hot running water. There may be a ring of wax somewhere around the middle that didn't get melted, particularly if you used a candle. This doesn't typically happen when using boiling water, but to remove it, I like to use one of my Master Cut 2 knives, turned around, to scratch the remainder off so it doesn't get under my fingernails. You could also use a razor, but that's a bit more dangerous.

Finish it up with a little scrub under the hot water and you now have a clean glass ready to be reused.

Put it in the dishwasher if you are planning to use it as a cup, to make sure all the bacteria is washed away.

You can use recycled candle glasses for a ton of things. If it's large, you can use it as a gift glass, or fill it with your favorite colored sand to make a pretty decoration. You can even create a new candle it in if you fancy making candles. Mini glasses are great to collect for a unique shot glass collections...the possibilities are endless.

Good luck!

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Candle Warmers on Amazon - Simple or Pretty

Below is a simple candle warmer that is very inexpensive. Then you have the next price step up, but this candle warmer is cute to decorate in your kitchen or other rooms.

Tell us what has worked for you in the past. Hell, tell us about what's failed for you too, so we don't repeat the same mistake!

What works best for you? - How do you removed candle wax from glass jars?

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    • francescajohnston profile image


      5 years ago

      Great info! I'll definitely try this! Blessings =)

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      5 years ago

      I have done this too - thanks for sharing..

    • GoodGirlSEO profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago

      That's a very good point! I love the idea of pouring the wax into some sand or earth substrate. Thanks for the tip! :)

    • SoyCandleLover profile image


      5 years ago from Henrietta, New York

      Great idea for a lens. I'm an avid candle maker and candle recycler (sp?). But I agree with artyfax. Do not pour it down the sink drain. It WILL clog eventually since water does not stay hot all the way down the drain pipes. If your candle is soy, it melts at a lower temperature and can be safely poured into a paper cup. I use the candlewarmer, pour it into a cup, then wipe the remainder out with a rag ready to throw out or a disposable cloth. If it's not soy, pour into an aluminum can and keep rewarming the candle glass until the remaining paraffin can be removed.

    • John Dyhouse profile image

      John Dyhouse 

      5 years ago from UK

      My worry here is that by pouring melted wax down a sink, even if you use running hot water at the time, when it eventually solidifies - and it will - it will be the start of a blockage in the waste pipe / sewer. The hot water will cool down somewhere along the line. Far more preferable to pour the waste wax into a bucket of earth or sand, etc and then dispose of it as solid waste.

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      5 years ago

      try putting the used glass candle jar in the freezer. the remaining wax at the bottom will easily slip out when it is well frozen.

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      6 years ago

      What excellent info! Thanks kindly for sharing. :)

    • profile image


      6 years ago

      thanks for sharing with us

    • justDawn1 profile image


      6 years ago

      Going to give it a try! Thanks!

    • profile image


      6 years ago

      very helpful lens

    • GoodGirlSEO profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago

      That's a good idea. You can also use the glass for a lot of other things, too. Some of them are great for adding to your cup collection or using as shot glasses. Other are better to use for things like gifts and decorations.

      Thanks for reading!

    • Country-Sunshine profile image

      Country Sunshine 

      6 years ago from Texas

      I don't burn candles, so II've never considered what you do with the leftover glass. My guess is you'd just put another candle in it?


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