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Using Leftover Candle Wax

Melted wax from the very end of candles can be repurposed in many ways. Find ways to use your leftover candle wax or share your own ideas here. This is a guide about using leftover candle wax.

Using Leftover Candle Wax
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April 8, 2013 Flag
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I save our empty toilet and paper towel tubes, stuff them with waste paper and junk mail or even pine cones. Then I melt my small, leftover candle pieces in a old candle warmer, or in a tin can that is placed in a pot of water on the stove just until it melts. I pour the melted candle over the tubes. Make sure you either do this over a garbage can or stack of papers so you don't spill candle wax anywhere! That's a whole other tip! ;)Use Leftover Candle Wax for Firestarters

I use these little firestarters when we go camping to start our fires or even to start our woodburning stove up from a cold start! Makes starting fires a little easier. Kids can help stuff them all year round and dream about summer camping!


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.

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April 22, 2009 Flag
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Here are some ideas for used birthday candles.

By Cyinda from near Seattle


January 14, 2005 Flag
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Tips for using leftover wax from candles. Post your ideas.

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November 9, 20080 found this helpful
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I use it to stiffen thread.

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March 1, 20090 found this helpful

Thank you thriftymickie. I would have probably done the same if it wasn't for your post. I was just getting ideas for my leftover wax and was going to put the wax into a pot directly on the stove. Now I know not to! Thanks

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June 15, 2011 Flag
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I love scented candles, and now I use the wax that is left to freshen my car. I always have a big chunk of wax left when the wick has burned through. Put the wax in a baggie or on a paper plate and pound or cut into chunks.

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July 14, 2005 Flag
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Melt old candles in jar on warmer.Do you have a favorite candle that the wick has burned completely down? Recycle it the easy way. It will involve a minimal expense, but it is well worth the investment.



The wick in my favorite candle was completely burned down. The candle was a huge 5 inch one and the best smelling candle I had ever had. It was really expensive and was given to me as a gift. I couldn't bear to part with it so it set on the back of a shelf. I had seen how to reset the wick and remake the candle and had planned to do that someday, but never got around to it.

Then one day in the local discount store I saw a candle warmer. It is just a mini hot plate or coffee mug warmer. It cost less than $5. So I bought it. I came home and broke off pieces of that favorite candle, put them in a canning jar, and set it on the warmer. Presto! Problem solved. The wax melted, giving off that wonderful aroma. I had my favorite candle back with almost no effort. There is no smoke from an extinguished candle and it seems to last much longer.

I discovered that smaller jars like jelly jars or pimento jars work best. If you use a pint sized jar and fill it completely it takes a long time for the wax to melt completely. Another advantage to the candle warmer is the removal of the danger involved with a flame. You can use the warmer with those expensive candles from the specialty store and have them last longer, too.

By Kim D

January 6, 2014 Flag
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I love the way candle fragrance makes our home so inviting. I considered purchasing the new electric wax warmers I'd heard friends talking about, until I saw the price. I refused to spend $20 to melt wax!

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September 22, 2006 Flag
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Reusing Extra Candle Wax. When you have a candle that burns unevenly and wax is left in the jar or in a pillar, you can place the wax in the microwave and melt the wax.

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July 26, 2012 Flag
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I never can use all the candle wax at the bottom of a candle jar. What can I do with the 2 inches of candle wax left when the wick burns up?

By Shirley

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July 30, 20121 found this helpful
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After the wax has cooled pop it in the freezer, usually the wax will come out, I take this chunk of wax and rub it all over the wooden handles of my garden tools and let them sit in the sun it melts into the wood preserving it and my hands are very soft after using the tool from the wax.

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July 30, 20120 found this helpful

I save the candle wax for my daughters open fire in the winter time. It helps to ignite the kindling.

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November 2, 2010 Flag
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I had a bunch of good candles where the wicks had refused to stay lit, so it was time to make some recycled candles. A local restaurant gave me one of their large cans (those really big ones we sometimes see in groceries). After cleaning and flattening the top, just enough to make a "spout", this became my "candle catch-all". I tossed in my candles, wicks and all, including the leftovers from the little tea candles. Those emptied tea candle holders became the "anchors" for my new candles. To make the anchors, poke a small hole (careful, it's only aluminum foil and punctures easily), in the tealight "cup", pull some wick through the hole, far enough for your purposes, then flatten the little holder all around the wick. I did purchase wick at a local hobby store; be sure to read the details about how each size should be used, mine cost $2.49 for 18 feet.

Cut the wick to the length you need. My new candle holders are glass jars from jam, mustard, etc., cleaned and labels removed (WD-40 is great for removing glue residue). They must be sturdy enough to hold melted wax - no fragile glass here. I heat the candle "stew" enough to liquefy the wax, though it is not necessary to heat to an extremely high degree. After positioning my anchor, I pour the melted wax into the jar (have newspaper all around to catch any little drips). Looping the extra wick over a pencil, centered over the jar, will stabilize the wick until the candle is set.

Candle center will tend to need to be filled in as candle cools. I made some last evening, and they are burning well this morning.

By vbart from Columbus, IN

August 16, 2011 Flag
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I love scented candles, however there is much more candle left. Can anyone suggest to me what I can do with the rest of the wax? I am tired of throwing away my money.

By 1bigmama from SC

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August 17, 20110 found this helpful
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I use an electric candle warmer adding the candle that has lost it's wick until the candle wax melts, then I add a new wick and when it hardens the wick will be ready to light. They are available at Michael's and Hobby Lobby.

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August 19, 20110 found this helpful

Save up a couple of candle scraps, then put them in a glass measuring cup and put that in a container with water and put in microwave until it softens. Remove wick & metal holder (if you couldn't get it out prior to microwaving). Then melt wax and pour into a votive (or larger) container with wick (from craft store) and one of the holders you removed. Make sure wick is straight & holder stays on bottom. Let harden and use.

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May 27, 2016 Flag
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This is a guide about making candles from old candle wax. Save your scrap candle wax and use it to make new candles; it is a thrifty and green way to have lots of them around your home.

Making Candles from Old Candle Wax

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