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November 12, 2021 3 min read

We all love ourscented candles. In fact, many households have a special fragranced candle for every room of the house. They make great presents, too, and are suitable for almost every occasion. However, many people don’t know how to properly clean and repurpose these jars. Read on to discover the easy methods for cleaning candle glass jars:

Getting the Wax Out

Cleaning and repurposing jars is a rather easy task. All you have to do is enjoy the scent for as long as it lasts and wait for it to melt down to less than a half-inch of wax remaining on the bottom. Then, perform any of the following methods we’ll be discussing below. 

Method 1: Apply Heated Water

First, you must get all the wax out of the jar. Set the jar on a dish towel or potholder and soak it in hot water. Half-fill the container with boiling water, leaving an inch at the top. Watch the wax as it melts and floats to the surface. Once the wax has cooled, remove it and filter the water from the glass container, and then dispose of wax accordingly. 

You can also immerse the candle jar in warm water. Soak the candle jar in water for 30 minutes. The wax melts and pops out effortlessly! Before removing the stopper, clean up any wax that has accumulated in the drain.

Method 2: Freeze the Jar

One of the simplest ways to remove wax is to freeze your candle jar overnight. The next morning, simply turn the glass jar upside down, and the wax will fall into your palms. Additionally, you can also remove wax from candle jars by using cold water instead of hot.

Method 3: Put Out Your Candle

Hairdryers are useful for more than just drying hair. A hairdryer can help soften the wax of an old candle, allowing you to repurpose the glass jar.

Peel off Labels and Remove Soot

After you've removed any remaining wax from your candle jar, carefully clean it, then proceed to removing the label. Listed here are some methods for removing adhesive labels from glass candle jars, wine bottles, and other things:

Method 1: Vinegar and Water

  • To add acidity and aid in label removal, immerse the glass jar in boiling water with dish soap and a couple of cups of white vinegar.
  • Submerge the jar and wait 30 minutes to remove the label.
  • Remove the label and wipe any residue with a sponge.
  • Rinse well, pat dry, and set aside to dry on a counter.

Method 2: Nail Polish Remover

  • To begin, break down the adhesive with hot soapy water, then remove the label with your fingertips.
  • Apply nail polish remover to a rag and rub it over the label residue in circular motions.
  • Rinse with warm soapy water.

Method 3: Baking Soda and Oil

  • Soak the jar in warm soapy water and get rid of as much of the label as possible.
  • After that, add the baking soda and an oil of your choice. 
  • Rub the paste mixture all over the jar, paying particular care to any problematic leftover spots.
  • Allow for 20-30 minutes for the paste to penetrate and dissolve the residue.
  • Steel wool or a firm scrubbing sponge can be used to remove the paste in circular motions.
  • Finally, carefully wash the jar with soap and water and allow it to dry. If any residue remains, use a paper towel and a few drops of oil to gently wipe it away.


In just these simple steps and easy methods, you inch close to a more sustainable lifestyle. The best thing about reusable containers is that you can make the most out of them and get more value out of your buck. With scented candle jars, you can repurpose them in a myriad of ways such as for kitchen organization, small office supplies storage, and even home decor!

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