Get Wax Out of a Candle Jar – 7 Stupid Easy Ways!

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Candles are a beautiful thing. They can provide warmth, light and ambience when you need it the most. But sometimes they leave behind a mess…wax in your candle jar! So how do you clean and remove wax out of your candle jars? We have seven ways that will get the job done quickly and easily!

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Freezing Can Get Wax Out Of A Candle Jar

The old trick of using ice cubes to get wax out of carpets is not just for getting the last bits off the shag pile. Freezing your candle and then breaking it up with a butter knife will break down any large chunks, making removal easier. Then, after removing all the pieces from the jar or container, you can clean it thoroughly with soap and water before storing again!

How To Clean Candle Jars With Boiling Water

Boiling water is what I use to clean out my candle jars. Pour some boiling water into the candle jar. The wax will float to the top and, once cooled, will become solid again so you can pull out the rest of the remaining wax. Use hot, soapy water and a cloth or sponge to clean it for any residue left behind.

How To Use The Oven To Remove Candle Wax From A Jar

You can avoid the hassle of scraping wax off multiple candles by preheating your oven to 200 degrees Fahrenheit, lining a baking sheet with foil and placing them upside down on the aluminium. After 15 minutes in this hot environment, you’ll notice that the wax has pooled onto the strip–time for removal! Let each candle jar cool before cleaning it thoroughly using soap and warm water. The leftover wax will dry out completely after about 4 hours which should give you plenty of time to clean up any mess left behind from melted candles.

Clean Candle Jars With A Hair Dryer


Hairdryers are an excellent tool for removing candle wax from carpets. You can also use them to soften the wax in a candle jar, removing it more efficiently with a knife. Start by turning your hair dryer on warm, positioning it near the side or bottom of the candle jar. – when the wax is soft touchable, then use a knife to remove the wax.

Use A Pot and Boiling Water To Get Wax Out Of A Candle Jar

Method 1

Place your candle jar in a pot, pour boiling water into the pot, about two-thirds of the way up the candle jar. Wait for the wax to loosen from the sides of the candle jar, and use a knife for popping out the wax.

Method 2

As above, place the candle jar in a pot, fill the pot with boiling water and fill the candle jar with cotton wool. Once all the wax has melted, it will have absorbed into the cotton wool, and you can pull it out.


A Wax Warmer

Similar to the last method. You can use a wax warmer to remove candle wax from candle jars. Place the candle jar onto the warmer and place some cotton wool inside the candle jar.

Turn on the warmer, and as the wax melts, it will soak into the cotton wool so you can easily clean the candle jar.

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Sarah Goldsmith

Sarah Jane Goldsmith is the owner of multiple award-winning cleaning company. Purple Cleaning. With 7 years of industry experience and working with some of the most exclusive clients the Northeast of England has, she's gained a wealth of knowledge in cleaning and home organization. Her company, Purple Cleaning Services have won multiple awards for service in the commercial and domestic sectors. They are corporate members of the British Institute of Cleaning Science, leading the way in safe, effective, and aesthetic cleaning. Sarah runs many social media channels including her successful YouTube channel where she teaches people how to clean and how to get the most from their homes. Her private community of raving fans love being part of her exclusive membership programme, Keep It Clean Club, which can be found at In her spare time, Sarah enjoys nothing more than spending time with her family, she has 2 young daughters and a teenage son. By day she is engrossed in helping many people stamp out the mess in their homes and live happier cleaner lives.

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