Who doesn’t love candles? They create ambiance, they make your home distinctly yours and have the power to impact on your mood. But there is nothing worse than a candle you love going to waste. So much of the wax seems to get left behind regardless of how many wicks.
Cue- Candle hacks!
There are two simple and convenient ways to get every ounce of use out of your candles.
Freeze the candle
It turns out that when candles are placed in the freezer, the wax inside shrinks. Making it an ideal and easy way to get out every last bit of wax.
This method is ideal for all candle holders (metal or glass) and a great technique to use the jar again. If you’re looking to reuse the wax, it’s best to use the heating method below.
Here’s how you do it:
- Place your candle on a steady surface in the freezer (such as draw or shelf).
- Leave it there for at least 30 minutes.
- Get it out of the freezer and push on the side of the wax, it should move quite freely. If not, pop back in the freezer.
- When it is loose enough, use a knife to pop the last of the wax out.
- Discard the wax (or save to reuse another time, following the below method) and clean the pot to use again.
Top tip: For wide jars, you can use them as pen holders or little vases for a little bunch of flowers. Perhaps you’ll reuse the jar for another candle another time. You just need a wick and can melt any left over wax with the below method.
Heat the wax
Ideal for candles in class votives or jars, with this technique you can reuse the wax in your candles to create little wax melts (perfect for oil burners), new tealights or combining your wax leftovers to create a larger, unique candle.
Top tip: Make sure you open windows and do this in a well vented area as the fragrance of the candle can be overbearing.
For large jars, here’s how you do it:
- Place your candle jar in a large saucepan and fill with water up to where the wax is.
- Place on a low-medium heat until the wax has completely melted.
- Meanwhile, in a silicone cupcake case, place a new wick in ready for your new candle.
- Once completely melted, drain the water away and using oven proof gloves, carefully pour the melted wax into the cupcake case and allow to cool (make sure you remove the metal wick end carefully from the old candle- you’ll no longer need this)
- Turn the cupcake case out, and there you have it, your new recycled candle.
For small votives:
- Go for the freezing option to release the wax from the small jar.
- Once the wax has been freed, remove the wick holder from the wax and discard.
- Transfer the wax to a larger heat proof container and follow the instructions for the larger jars.
- Alternatively to the above, place the wax in the heat proof container in a sink and using the hot water from the top, or kettle, fill up to the level of wax to melt- this method is just as effective but does take longer.
- Once melted, create the wax melts for oil burners, or make new candles as above.
Yankee candle have some excellent tips on getting an even burn from your candles and other burning tips.
Do you have any top tips on using all the wax from a candle?