How To: Recycle and Reuse Glass Candle Jars

We’ve all been there when you purchase a wonderful candle in a beautiful jar and then you burn your way through it, but you just don’t want to get rid of the jar…well, I have a few solutions for you!

First things first is removing the wax. Even if you just want to recycle the candle properly, you do need to take the extra step to clear out the jar of contents that cannot be recycled, as annoying as that is. There are a few simple ways to do this, though.

Process 1: Boil water and let it cool down a little bit but still remaining hot. Pour the water into the jar covering the wax, but leaving enough space at the top of the jar, so it is safe to handle. The hot water will cause the wax to melt and rise to the top of the water. As the water cools, it will force the wax to firm up on top. This can take up to a few hours. Once the wax is firm, you can easily lift the wax out of the jar and pour the water out leaving only the wick to deal with.

Process 2: Place the candle jar in a freezer for a few hours. As the wax gets colder, it will shrink up and then you can use a butter knife to wiggle around the wax enough until it pops out.

Getting the wick out of the jar is just as easy, I promise you!

Boil water and fill the old candle jar with hot water until it is 1/2 full. Let the hot water sit and cool for about 2 minutes. Carefully pour out the water from candle jar. Use a butter knife and pop that wick right out of there.