How To Clean Out Candle Jars


Don’t toss out the jar when you are done burning your candle! I am gonna show you How To Clean Out Candle Jars so you can repurpose them into something fabulous!

Instead of filling up the landfills and then turning around and spending good money on containers to hold trinkets and more, learn how to clean out candle jars and give them a fresh new life. You just need a few things and very little bit of elbow grease to make some cute little DIY home decor pieces for display.

How to clean out candle jars and give them new life.

How to Clean out Candle Jars

It is much easier than you think to remove the wax as well as the sticky labels off jar candles to give them a new purpose. We use them all over the house to store everything from snacks to school supplies, and even in the bathroom for many things! So start saving those leftover jars after you have enjoyed the glow and wonderful scent!

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Can I do this with any kind of candle?

Yes, you will be able to apply this method to any type of glass jar candle from the cheaper ones to high-end candles. Use extra caution and be careful what you put in the candles if they have a very thin glass.

3 glass jar candles in grey, red, and green

Can I do this if I still have wax left?

Yes! I had about 1/4 of my candle left when I did this one. Rather than waste it, I cut it up into small pieces, about 1″ x 1″ and removed the wick to be used in a wax warmer later!

red cubed wax in front of glass candle jar

What can I use my new clean jar for?

The possibilities are literally endless! You can keep makeup brushes in it, office supplies, craft supplies, cotton balls or cotton swabs, candy, collections like seashells, dice, and so much more! If you have a jar with a lid that seals you can use it to store or serve nuts, unwrapped candy, or other edible items.

glass jar full of seashells on table

What about the sticky label on the jar?

This is an easy fix too! Once you have removed all the wax, heat the label by letting it sit in another hot water bath or using a blow dryer to heat it up then peel off the label. Make a paste of 1 teaspoon olive oil to 2 teaspoons baking soda and scrub it on the leftover adhesive. Allow it to sit for 10 minutes and wipe it away.

glass jar with white paste

Tell us how you would repurpose your candle jar!

How to clean out candle jars to repurpose them.

How to Clean Out Candle Jars

Easy steps to clean out candle jars, remove the label for repurposing!
Prep Time30 minutes
Total Time30 minutes
Keyword: how to clean out candle jars
Author: Jody Smith


  • 1 Microwave Safe Bowl
  • 1 Thin Knife


  • Water


  • Measure how much water you need by placing candle jar in microwave safe bowl and adding water until it is just above the wax line. Don't place water over the wax.
  • Remove candle jar from bowl and set aside.
  • Heat water in mircowave until hot but not boiling.
  • Carefully remove hot water from microwave and place jar back in the center for 5-10 minutes.
  • Remove jar and carefully slide a thin knife all the way around between the candle and the sides of the jar. If it doesnt come away easily, put it back in the hot water for a few more minutes.
  • Invert jar onto a paper towel and the wax should slide rigght out.
  • While the jar is still warm use another paper towel to wipe away as much excess wax residue from the inside as possible.
  • Place the jar on its side in the hot water and roll it around to helpmelt and remove anymore wax residue.
  • While the jar is still hot you should be able to remove the label, if not you can heat it up with a blow dryer and peel it back until you are able to remove it.
  • Rub it down inside and out with a clean dishtowel or paper towel.
  • Give your jar a final wash in warm water and dawn.
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