How To Get Wax Out of a Candle Jar

The easy way to get wax out of a candle jar so you can reuse it!

Do you have any candle jars around your house that don't have enough wax left in them to burn properly but you just hate to get rid of them?

In the past, after the holidays I would have a few candles that I would burn through and I would ultimately store the candle jars back in with my other Christmas items which, I know, is pretty silly since I knew I would never use them again.

One day, though, I thought what the heck, and I tried this simple trick that's so easy to do and offers a great way to repurpose glass candle jars.

Glass candle jar being repurposed for craft room ribbon storage

While this method is different from the method I use to remove labels from glass jars, it's another great way to repurpose jars and recycle them. It's all about finding new ways to live a more sustainable life, right? 🙂

So, now, on to the nitty gritty details.

Candle Jars that Work the Best for This

  • Wide-mouthed candle jars work the best. The wide mouth allows for a safer process when adding boiling water and makes it easier to remove the wax at the end of the process.
  • Jars that aren't too deep are another preferred choice since you will be putting your hand in the jar and you don't want to get it stuck.

The Easy Trick to Get Wax Out of a Candle Jar


Pot Holder or other heat resistant surface

Tea kettle


red tea kettle and glass candle jar

Remove lid and place jar on to potholder.

Boil water and gently pour into the container leaving a bit of space at the top of the jar.

The boiling water will melt the candle wax and cause it to float to the top of the jar. This is actually pretty fun to watch!

Allow the water to cool completely before removing the wax.

To remove the wax simply poke at the edge of the hardened wax and it should pop out.

Once the wax is out, drain the water and clean up the jar with soap and water or Goo Gone or try one of the methods in this post to remove labels from jars.

What to Do With the Candle Jar Once It's Free of Wax

Once the jar is clean and dry use it to store:

  • Office supplies (push pins, paperclips, rubber bands, etc.)
  • Ribbon, yarn, jewelry making supplies in the craft room
  • Baking supplies
  • Cotton balls, scrunchies, hair bands, bobby pins, q-tips, and more.

If you have an idea not on the list I would love for you to share it with me.

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  1. I’m 20 miles South West of Chicago,Darien, Il. we have 12” between yesterday off & on snowing all day today 1-31-2021. 12” making up for Nov.,Dec,2020 Very heavy to shovel snow.My golden retriever loves it!

    1. Mary Beth says:

      That is a lot of snow, Mar B! My husband is from Chicago so we're familiar with that weather. Stay warm and dry.

  2. Cheryl Taul says:

    Thank you, Mary Beth, for the advice on getting the wax out of beautiful jars and candle containers. I also read your page of coloring coffee filters and your 'color' suggestions. The colors you did look beautiful. Nothing happening for me tomorrow so I am going to try it. I also read that one of your readers gave a URL on flower making for these filters.

    1. Mary Beth says:

      I am so glad to hear that you are going to be making some colored coffee filters! I would love to hear what you make with them. Have a wonderful week, Cheryl!

  3. These are some great tips and ideas

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thank you, Rebecca!