Jar Candle Tips and Tricks

Candles in jars are a wonderful source of soft light. This is a guide with jar candle tips and tricks.

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January 15, 2010 Flag

I hate to waste and I love to burn scented jar candles. The candles say to only burn the wick down to a certain point, then dispose of the candle. Since these candles are not cheap, I don't want to throw away that much wax, so I ignored the directions and burned the candle all the way to the bottom.

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Until the day I almost burned my house down. The jar was so hot that the glass broke, and the burning wax began to burn my coffee table. But I still don't want to throw away that much wax.

So here's a tip that I came up with. When the candle begins to get low, put the candle in an oven safe baking pan that has about 1/2 inch of water in the bottom. If the candle should break, the glass and wax will be contained within the baker and the water would immediately extinguish whatever fire may still be burning.

As a side note, if you would rather follow the directions, but still hate the thought of throwing that much wax away, take a knife and gently break up the remaining wax into small bits. Take some sort of mesh, like tulle, place the wax bits on top of the mesh and tie it up so that it looks like those wedding favors that are so popular. Or put them in closets, drawers, cabinets, etc for a lovely scent when you open the doors/drawers. Or save them to use for a wedding or baby shower or even a birthday.

By aprilcotton from Aurora, CO

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March 31, 2016 Flag
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I have seen tea lights which have a thin tartan pattern material on the top (like thin paper). Has anyone come across these as I would like to do the same with my tea light candles?

Tea light with plaid cover
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    April 3, 20160 found this helpful

    You might want to use the battery powered one just using stretchy fabric and a small hole in the center. This might be flammable and who needs that?

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    January 22, 2010 Flag
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    I really love how scented candles add to the atmosphere of a home. A scent softly wafting through my home just seems to make it seem more warm and cozy and I change the scents according to what season it is.

    Being out of work for over a year, I cannot afford to buy my favorite highly scented candles right now. I was lamenting this on the phone to a friend when she shared her genius solution and I've been using it ever since.

    When your candle burns down to the point it's no longer safe to burn or the wick is gone, simply turn on your coffee pot's warmer plate and set the candle on it. When the wax warms up, it produces the same amount of scent as when the candle is burning. A coffee mug warmer does the trick just as well.

    I have noticed that my candles actually last even longer using this method, plus I don't have to worry about checking my burning candles for safety, or leaving the room with a candle burning.

    By texasauthor from Dallas, Texas

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    June 26, 2007 Flag
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    Does anyone have any good ideas on how to remove soot from the inside of candle jars?

    Sherry from Silverdale WA

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    December 22, 20070 found this helpful

    I've got to second the suggestion above about the Mr. Clean Magic Eraser. My wife and I bought a box about a month ago, and were highly skeptical. So skeptical that we never got around to trying it until just now when I found this tip list because of a sooty candle jar of my own. So I whipped one out and the candle jar was instantly clean. This was after failing to come clean with soap and water, and then soaking in solvent for two hours, and then trying some bleach, and then trying (from a suggestion elsewhere) a used fabric softener sheet. None of them would do it, but then the Magic Eraser just picked it right up. My wife and I are now sold on them, and she's gone into a cleaning spree around the house with her new Magic Eraser! Great little item!

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    February 5, 20080 found this helpful

    The rubbing alcohol worked great!

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    October 12, 20130 found this helpful

    Used dryer sheets work like a charm!

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    February 6, 2006 Flag
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    I bought a jar candle made by Village Candles. The fragrance I bought is called pina colada. It smells great! Has anybody ever bought Village Candles and what fragrance do you like? I would like to get some ideas for some other fragrances, before I shell out more money for a fragrance I may not like, even though every one has different taste.

    Thanks,
    P.J. from Delaware

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    November 7, 20070 found this helpful

    We can buy Village Candles in South Jersey.

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    January 9, 20080 found this helpful

    My absolute Favorite Village Candle Scent is called Natural Cotton. It makes my whole house smell soooo wonderful. I buy that one fragrance in bulk so I never run out. It has sort of like a fresh smell, like soap or clean laundry or something.

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    June 8, 20140 found this helpful

    I can buy village candles at my local grocery store aka price chopper. I use to love Yankee candles. Then I tried Diamond candles. The scents are very fragrant but not strong to give you a headache. They burn evenly. They last a long time, are the size of a large Yankee candle but price of a medium and you get a ring valued at $10-10,000 in a gold foil wrapped inside a plastic bag. I have gotten 2 candles and bought few for gifts.

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    September 20, 2009 Flag
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    Just bought a really nice candle and before I could get in the house with it (in the sack) I dropped it and the whole side and corner of the jar shattered. Can anyone please suggest the best way to save my candle without ruining it. Please help.

    By shrooms69 from TX

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    September 20, 20090 found this helpful

    Use your blow dryer! I would put it on high and just aim it around the leftover broken glass; if you can set the dryer on a counter {or have someone else hold it for you} as the areas of candle get softened you can slide a butter knife or metal nail file between the candle and glass to make sure it stays separated after it cools.

    You can wear garden gloves or use a towel between you and the glass to keep your fingers/hand safe from the broken glass.

    You could also set the entire thing {I don't know how large the candle is!} into the sink with very hot water and work it out of the glass using the knife trick. A pair of tongs might also come in handy.

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    September 22, 20090 found this helpful

    Thanx for the ideas! The blow dryer idea worked! Thanks

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    September 24, 20090 found this helpful

    If its on a garment put a blotting paper on and iron on top of it.if its in a jar try hot water or place it near the stove it will melt.

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    January 14, 2008 Flag
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    Candles in glass jars give much better light when power goes out and are safer to use. Buy on sale and keep in designated place, so you are not searching in an emergency.

    By Mary from Bloomington, IL

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    May 7, 2008 Flag
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    In my kitchen one day, I placed a half used scented candle in a jar on my stove for show. It looked beautiful.

    That evening when I was making dinner and using the oven, I had forgotten to take the candle from the stove. Oh, the smell was wonderful! The heat vent on my stove melted the candles completely and it was a much stronger smell than if I had lit it. Each time thereafter that I used the oven, I made sure the same candle was on the stove. Now when I buy scented candles, I don't burn them, I just let them melt. Smells so much more and lasts a lot longer than burning.

    By Karyn from Ottawa, Canada

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    February 11, 2005 Flag
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    Rubbing alcohol on a paper towel will remove the black soot from a jar candle.

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    May 24, 2007 Flag
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    Keeping large pillar decorative candles forever. When I buy a decorative pillar candle, I burn for a little bit until I can fit a tealight candle inside.

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    October 11, 2005 Flag
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    To keep a jar candle fresh when the lid is missing simply turn the (unlit) jar upside down after wax hardens.

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    January 22, 2010 Flag
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    I burn lots of scented candles. When they get too low to burn, I use them on a candle warmer. Instead of buying a candle warmer for $10, I bought 3 coffee cup warmers at the local thrift store for 99 cents each. One has an automatic shut-off so I don't have to remember to turn it off.

    By Jonna Marsh

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    Frugal Candle Warmer

    Not a good idea! Coffee warmers are a fire hazard when used with any candle wax. These coffee warmers are not regulated to maintain a low consistent temperature needed to melt candle wax. If wax and fragrance reach a high temperature, you will have a fire from the heat. Fragrance has low flash temperatures. This is why they make candle warmers specifically for candles. The heat is regulated and much safer. DO NOT use coffee warmers for any wax products, if you do, you are liable for a fire. .99 cents isn't worth the risk. (02/11/2006)

    By Candle Smarts

    Frugal Candle Warmer

    You can buy a candle warmer at wal-mart. They cost about $5.00. They are made to warm candle wax (02/11/2006)

    By rose204

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    May 23, 2007 Flag
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    You can get more use out of your decorative candles, or out of those candles poured right into their forms, by inserting votive candles in the well formed by the burning wax around the wick. I still use star-shaped candles set in terra cotta we used for a 2000 celebration that way.

    By Pam from L.A., CA

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