How To Clean Out A Candle Jar

Don't throw away your candle jars! Remove the wax and give that candle jar a second life. Pour & Penchant candle jars are great for repurposing and upcycling.

So how do you clean out a candle jar?

There are several ways to remove wax from a jar. However, we found the hot water bath/double boiler method to work best for our soft coconut wax-based candles. Pour & Penchant's proprietary wax is safe and non-toxic.

You will need the following kitchen supplies handy: butter knife or similar utensil, paper towels, small utility cloth, hot water, or shallow pot.

Pour & Penchant how to clean out a candle jar

  • Know when to say goodbye to your candle. Never burn a candle with approximately less than half an inch from the bottom of the jar. The glass can get hot on the bottom, causing possible heat damage to the surface or counter.

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  • Fill a shallow pot with water and heat on the stove. Do not bring the water to a boil as this may crack or damage the glass. Microwaved hot water will do the trick too. Do NOT put the candle jar inside the microwave.
  • Place the candle jar inside the pot/bowl so that at least the bottom 2" of the glass is covered with water for a few minutes. This will loosen the wax and labels.

Pour & Penchant how to clean out a candle jar

  • Once the wax is melted around the glass jar, remove the jar from the water and set it on a small cloth.
  • Remove the front label. This should easily peel off.
  • The bottom label can be removed with soap and hot water.

Pour & Penchant how to clean out a candle jar

  • Using a butter knife, cut the wax into 4 or 6 equal parts.

Pour & Penchant how to clean out a candle jar

  • Using a paper towel and knife, scoop the soft wax from the bottom of the jar and remove. You can safely dispose the wax in your normal trash.
  • Delicately remove the metal wick feet from the bottom of the jar.

Pour & Penchant how to clean out a candle jar

  • Once the wicks and wax are gone, keep cleaning the bottom and use dish soap to clean the inside further. 
  • Let it dry or place it in the dishwasher for an extra wash.
  • Now your candle jar is clean and ready to repurpose for office, bathroom, or other household smalls.

Pour & Penchant how to clean out a candle jar

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