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Wax Removal: Cleaning Out Your Candle Vessels

There are a few methods out there, but my personal favorite is to use a hot water bath. The only thing you want to avoid at all costs is allowing any amount of wax down your sink drain or garbage disposal (I can tell you from experience that this is tough to fix!).

  1. Place jar or tin in a medium or large bowl. Any bowl will do, as long as it’s wider than the candle vessel.
  2. Pour boiling water in bowl (not in candle vessel), filling to the same level as the remaining wax. You can use hot water too, it just takes a bit longer.
  3. Wait a few minutes until you see the wax is melty.
  4. Use a spoon or spatula to scoop out any remaining wax, and toss it in the trash.
  5. Place spoon under metal wick holder to pop it out.
  6. Add a couple drops of dish soap to the bowl with hot water, and roll the candle vessel around in it to help remove the last traces of wax. You can use a sponge at this stage.
  7. Once the candle vessel is clean, pour the soapy water out outside (remember: do not pour it down your drain!).

You can recycle your clean amber glass jars, or you can repurpose/up-cycle them (check out this page for a few ideas!).