Cleaning Out Candle Containers

Did you know that you can clean out the leftover wax from a candle holder when the candle is done to save the container?  I didn’t until recently so I tried it out on a recently finished candle and wanted to share the technique!

Cleaning Out Candle Containers

What you’ll need:

  • Finished candle holder
  • Boiling water
  • Paper towels

Step one: Take out your spent candle.  Mine was one of those delicious smelling Swedish Dream sea salt candles that I had finally burned all the way through.
candle holder 01

Boil some water on the stove.  When the water is boiling, pour it into the candle container, but not all the way to the top.  Wait 15 minutes while the wax softens and starts to rise to the top.

candle holder 02

After 15 minutes, remove the wax residue (and any wick holders) with your hand.  Then fill the container with warm water and let it sit for 5 minutes.

Finally pour the water out and wipe the container clean with a paper towel — that’s it!

candle holder 03Sorry for the kinda poor pictures… This isn’t great for photos, but seemed like a fun trick to share.  I cringe when I think about all the cool containers I’ve thrown out, but now I won’t have to!

candle

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