As Christmas is less than a 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.
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.
Once the kettle had boiled I let it cool very slightly (glass and boiling water don’t mix!) 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!
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.
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.
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!
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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