πŸ’« How To Clean Out & Reuse Candle Holders πŸ’«

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As Christmas is less than aΒ week away I thought I would share, what I hope, is a useful tip. Which is – how to remove the pesky leftover wax and wick from burnt out candles – so that the jars can be reused and turned into something new. I always receive lots of candles at Christmas so this seemed like a good time to let you know how I reuse them afterwards!

I will be cleaning out the two candles shown below, one where there is only a small amount of wax left and another where there is considerably more wax but the wick has burnt out. Both also have a considerable amount of ash around the rim.

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I started by boiling the kettle. Then I took a pair of pliers to remove the wicks. I was able to pull the wick from the first candle straight out but the second one was buried in lots more wax so I left it until later on.

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Once the kettle had boiled I let it cool very slightly (glass and boiling water don’t mix!)Β then I filled up both the candles and let them sit. Straight away I could see the wax residue beginning to melt and float to the surface. The scent of the candles also smelt stronger than ever, which was nice!

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Once they had sat for a while I poured the water down the sink, making sure to be extremely careful as the glass was now very hot. I then took a wipe and cleaned off the ash. Next I used the pliers to remove the wick from the candle that had quite a lot of wax in it as the wax was now loose.

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The glasses still had some small amounts of wax in them so I repeated the process of pouring boiling water into them, letting it sit and then pouring it away several times until they were squeaky clean.

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Make sure once you’ve finished you send a couple of rounds of boiling water down the sink to prevent the wax solidifying inside the pipe and creating a blockage.

I think the glasses look much better now – and they’ve taken up pride of place on my desk as pen holders; although they could be used to store pretty much anything!

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I was so pleased with the process I did the same thing with several other burnt out candles I had lying around.

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