How to Remove Wax From a Jar

Time: 45 minutes
Materials: used candle, hot water, fine mesh strainer, soap & water

Learn how to remove wax from a jar so you can reuse your old candle containers!

When I bought this candle from Illume, I knew I’d eventually have to do something with the fabulous jar when the wick got too short. Well that time came earlier this week, so I decided to learn how to remove wax from a jar. The process is much easier than expected, here’s how!

How to Remove Wax from a Jar | The Crafted Life

First, bring some water to almost a boil and pour into your jar (works with glass too). You’ll want to make sure all the wax is covered, even the remnants on the sides. Make yourself a cup of tea with the remaining water, sit back, and wait for the water to cool.

How to Remove Wax from a Jar | The Crafted Life

Your wax should melt with ease. Once the water is cool, your wax will float to the top. Remove the wax and the wick stub with a spoon and throw out (unless you plan to reuse). You’ll want to pour the remaining water through a fine mesh strainer in order to filter out the smaller pieces. Make sure not to get any wax down your drain!

How to Remove Wax from a Jar | The Crafted Life
Clean your jar with soap and water, dry, and you’re done! For now I am using this as a flower vase, but may store my jewelry in it later.

How to Remove Wax from a Jar | The Crafted Life

How to Remove Wax from a Jar | The Crafted Life

What would you keep in your brand new jar?