We are asked all the time about recycling candle jars and what to do with the last 10mm of wax left in these jars (that last bit is important as you can risk breakage of the jar if you burn beyond this point)
But rest assured, that last 10mm of wax and indeed the jar, is never wasted. We are all about recycling here at Bog Standard HQ and so here's what we do when our favourite candles get to the bottom of their jar:
- Blow your candle out and allow it to cool to room temperature.
- Pop the whole candle jar into the freezer for 20 minutes
- When you take the candle out, the wax will have shrunk away from the sides of the glass and will fall out easily and you can wash out and dry your jar.
First off, we'll deal with recycling the candle jar. Our favourite way is to add a posy of flowers to it:
but you can also use the candle jar to store make up items - just like this idea from The Christina Truong Network:
or this one from Natalie Loves BeautyBut what about the wax? Definitely don't throw it out as you can reuse it in a candle burner like this:
Simply break up the wax, pull out the wick and metal base tab and allow the wax to melt on the top of your burner to extend the scent for even longer. During the winter, you can also put the wax back into the jar and sit it on a hot radiator for the same effect.
Also during winter, if you're feeling particularly creative, you can make fire starters. Simply fill the cavities in an old cardboard egg box with lint from your tumble dryer or sawdust and pour over the melted down left-over wax. Once it sets, cut up the egg box and keep these in a cool place to use when lighting your open fire. The bonus is that you'll continue to enjoy the scent of your favourite candle.
Do share with us if you have any other ideas for recycling your candle jars or wax - we're always keen to try new options...we burn quite a few candles between us you see!
Until next time,