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We are big fans of candles here at Dartington Life. However we often find ourselves loving the jars candles come in, more than the candles themselves! Many people throw empty candle jars away after using them, as they contain remains of candle wax and smoke. However you can clean candle jars quickly and easily, leaving behind handy storage pots or beautiful home accessories.
There are two methods to cleaning out a candle jar. The first is to place the used candle jar into a freezer and leave it there for a few hours. Once removed, you should be able to pop out the remaining wax and clean the jar using warm soapy water. If any pieces of wax remain, they should come away easily with a gentle scrub.
The second method is to pour hot water into the candle jar and leave it to cool for an hour. The hot water will cause the wax to melt and float to the top of the jar. When the water has cooled, you can safely remove the floating wax, pour the water away and wash the jar using warm soapy water!
We tested both methods using some of our favourite candles and they worked a treat! So, if you have any empty candle jars lying around, give these methods a try and let us know how you get on!