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    Question Getting Wax Out Of Jar Candles

    I'm trying to figure out a way to get that last little bit of wax out from the bottom of my jar candles. I have some jars that are tall and some that are short and would like to recycle/re-purpose them vs throwing them out.

    Got any tried and true ways to do this?

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    Pop the jar into the freezer for 20 minutes. It should pop right out with a little maneuvering.

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    I use a knife to break up the chunk at the bottom. Some of them come out easier than others.
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    I have done what Ramona mentioned and also at the 'last burning' just take a paper towel and wipe it out real good.........then soap and water will cut the rest. (the 'film' that the wax can leave) Soap and water will also help in getting the perfume out of them.....and let them 'air out'.

    They are great to save for creating, gifts, dog treats, etc. I save all mine.

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    In the past, I have sat the holder in some warm/hot water to loosen.soften the wax and then pry it out

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    if you have one of those coffee cup warmers for your desk (former office worker here) you can place the jar on the pad for a few minutes to melt the wax then pour out the melted wax while its's still liquid. I'm pretty sure that they have them for the non-buring candles- but I've always just used one of my old cup warmers when I want to use my jar candles.

    OR put the jars in a pot of hot water and boil until the wax has melted- if you use a knife to loosen the harden wax you may break the jar

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    I place the jar in boiling water until the wax is liquid and then pour it out.

    Well, I don't throw it out, I add it to a clean jar with all of the other left-over wax from other candles, add a new wick and ta-daaa...I have a new candle.
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    I just cleaned up a candle-holder just this week by propping it upside down in a 250 (American) degree oven for half an hour with a silicone mat under it, then wiping it out with a paper towel. Turned out perfect!!

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    I didn't have much left in mine as I put a volive candle in the center of what was left and burnt most of it up..What little was left put on a tart warmer and melted it and poured it on a paper plate to harden and then put it in the tart warmer..Washed the jar with soap and water and it was nice and clean..I have all kinds of things in them..In fact I have one of the short ones that I keep sugar for coffee..Grant you it is old and has no smell left in it..It has been washed so many times..

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    If you put just a tiny bit of water in the glass holder before the candle, the wax won't stick. It burns just fine.

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    These tips sound doable...not sure which to try first. What I have left in the bottom of the jar candles is that tiny bit that didn't burn.

    I think I'm going to try the freezer thing tomorrow and see how it goes as well as letting one sit in a sink full of hot water and report back.

    Thanks for the suggestions everyone

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    I put ours on an upside down coffee can on the wood stove. It melts the candle. I bought some wick at the craft store (with a coupon) and I use the leftover wax to make new candles.

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    I found this out the "hard way". Simply take the jar with the wax in it, and leave it in your car during the hottest part of the day for a couple hours. It completely melts via free sun, and makes it immediately pourable if you're wanting to fill another jar. I just needed to replace the wick, and needless to say, this was a breeze also.

    Try it!

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    Have you tried boiling the jar? I have never tried myself but I do a lot of canning. I always boil my jars that are stored in the basement and it seems to clean them out rather well. I am guessing sense wax melts at a high temperature it would liquify and float to the top of the pan???

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    boiling them works like a charm!

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