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What to do with old candle "Jars"?

Updated on February 25, 2013

New Uses for Candle Jars

These were old used candle canisters that I converted to use in my bathroom for q-tips and makeup pads. Cute canisters for display.
These were old used candle canisters that I converted to use in my bathroom for q-tips and makeup pads. Cute canisters for display. | Source


Let me start by saying, I love to recycle old stuff for new use, one being the candle jar collections. I am not saying you have to keep every single jar around, good grief that would be ridiculous. But, what I am saying, "is be selective of those canisters you want to keep or utilize". After that suggestion; directs me in describing to you a very helpful technique tip on "Candle Jar Cleaning".

This information will guide you step by step in how to remove the wax and residue from jars. You will visually notice the beginning and end results through my provided photos. I can not express enough really how simple and hassle free this process is.

But, remember only keep the containers that you adore or would love to use as a special gift. For example: perhaps you have a cookie recipe that you want to put in a container for a gift.. This gift container could hold all the dry ingredients needed to make those cookies. The person receiving the gift jar would only have to pour the contains into a bowl, add liquid, mix and bake.The decorated sealed jar would have those special instructions attached to it.

Whatever your preference may be, I'm sure you will be quite amazed and satisfied. I was proud of my accomplishment in the end. Hope you would of enjoy this tip bid.

Jar of Choice

First Start with a used candle jar that you want to recycle, then follow the steps below....
First Start with a used candle jar that you want to recycle, then follow the steps below.... | Source


  1. Step One. Simple place your used candle jar in the freezer. I usually wait till the next day or even sometimes forget them there for weeks.
  2. Step Two. Remove jar from freezer let sit for 20 minutes then take a dull knife around the edges to loosen up the wax. The wax would of shrunk from the cold to make it easier to use the knife. Be careful when applying the dull knife NOT to break the glass in the process.
  3. Step Three.The wax comes off and out with not a lot of force. Sometimes at this point, I save the broken wax pieces in a freezer zip lock baggy and place back in freezer for later uses. At this time the choice is yours to keep or trash.
  4. Step Four. I pour 1/2 cup of white vinegar into the jar(s) and dilute the rest with regular tap water just enough below the rim in case it has a lid. I leave it out on counter over night.
  5. Step Five. Next day, dump the vinegar and water solution down the sink. I use a scrub sponge with some degreasing dish soap on it and wash the jars out with the scrubber section of the sponge. Rinse Well.
  6. Step Six. Peel off the label on the side and bottom of the jar/canister. Spray extra vinegar to remove the adhesive to side and bottom. Next, rewash the jar/canister in warm/hot soapy water. Rinse well again.
  7. Dry your empty canister/jars with paper towels so not to leave water spots.Your done.
Cleaned Candle Jars/Canisters
Cleaned Candle Jars/Canisters | Source
4 stars from 4 ratings of Cleaning Ideas

This concludes my steps in how to clean your used candle jars..

You can put anything in them or simply create that special gift in need of a jar. Good Luck!


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    • FlourishAnyway profile image


      6 years ago from USA

      Good idea! Some of them have such pretty shapes and are perfect sizes for storing small items like cotton balls, handheld flossers, q-tips, facial sponges, candy, coins, etc.

    • Peggy W profile image

      Peggy Woods 

      6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Nicole,

      This is a good hub by way of giving people ideas of how to reuse pretty candle holders. Like you I also like to recycle things as much as possible. Thanks for the explanation of how best to eliminate any leftover wax in them. Clear and concise directions. Up and useful votes and gave it a 5 star rating.

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      6 years ago

      What a great idea, you have my attention now!!!

    • NicoleMessenger profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Illinois

      @ mary615, thank you for your positive comment on used candled jars. I have to same some of those candle canisters are simply too pretty to discard so what better use to clean them up and store stuff or give a homemade cookie dry ingredient mix as a gift..thanks for the votes also! happy hubbing =)

    • mary615 profile image

      Mary Hyatt 

      6 years ago from Florida

      I'm big on recycling! I'm very frugal! I wrote a Hub about that....I enjoyed reading how you recycle candle jars. I would never have thought of putting the jars in the freezer to remove the wax: I would have put them in the microwave, but maybe the wax would catch fire??? These empty jars would make pretty flower containers, too.

      Voted UP, etc. and shared.

    • NicoleMessenger profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Illinois

      thank you for dropping by and commenting on my hub laidbacklady. Appreciate the votes.

    • laidbacklady profile image


      6 years ago from Plumsted Township, NJ

      I just stumbled across this hub. Nicely done, Nicole! I was thinking on this very thing about a week ago, but then got side-tracked. Thanks for the ideas and the how-to. Much appreciated!

      Voted up, useful and interesting!


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