How To Recycle Candle Glass
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.
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.
Have You Ever Recycled Candle Glass?
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!