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.

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Using Leftover Candle Wax
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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! ;)

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!

Use Leftover Candle Wax for Firestarters
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    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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    Tips for using leftover wax from candles. Post your ideas.

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    I take old candles and melt them in a old saucepan on the stove over low heat, then dip pine cones in them for firestarters for the fireplace, or you can put them in a basket with fireplace matches for a gift. Also you can stuff toliet paper rolls with lint from your dryer and them dip them in wax for fireplace starters, either works very well, and cheaper than buying starters at the store.

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    We use a Tart Warmer and a small Fondue Pot, both available for under $5.00 at places like Bed, Bath and Beyond and Walmart. These work great for keeping a room or house smell fragrant and to help use up the left over scented candle wax!

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    Ever wonder what to do with those candles that the wick has burned down to nothing and you're left with a big chunk of wax? Recycle them! I take a cup warmer and put a small glass container on it. I cut the wax up into little pieces and over time the wax will melt. I keep adding wax pieces until the container is full. Then I let it cool a bit and add a new candle wick.. You can get a package of 12 wicks for like $2 at a craft store. Once the wax has hardened, you have a new candle! I've also placed glass containers in the oven to melt the wax -- like after I've baked something. It works well, too.

    By Meari from Illinois

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    I use it to stiffen thread.

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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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    You can buy wicks pretty cheaply at a craft store and I fill votive cups or small jelly jars with the remaining wax. It doesn't matter if it is the same color or not, but keep filling til you have a new 'jar candle'.

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    I use them for two things - if the candle is beeswax, I use it to make homemade furniture wax. If it is the petroleum kind, I pour it over my saved dryer lint to make fire starters. I just pull out a handful of the lint with the candle wax in it and throw it into the wood burner and stack kindling over it.

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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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    Here are some ideas for used birthday candles.

    • These tiny candles work wonders for sticky locks and zippers. For sticky locks, simply rub the candle on the key then insert in the lock several times. For sticky zippers, open the zipper then rub the birthday candle on both sides of the zipper.
    • You can also rub the candles on sticky door jams.
    • Kids can use tiny candles for "invisible ink". Have your child write or draw a message on a piece of white computer paper, then hold the paper over the sink and pour your left over coffee or a cup of water with food coloring over it. The message will magically appear because the wax will resist the coloring.
    • These candles can be lifesavers in an emergency: for light, you can stand them up on a glass plate or in a small cup of salt.
    • They also make wonderful campfire starters when camping. Store them in an old vitamin bottle.

    By Cyinda from near Seattle

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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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    When my candles are all down and the wick is gone, then I put all the different scents into a crock pot and slowly melt them all together and either make more candles using containers, milk cartons with chunk ice or as a nice gift for friends that have fire places wrap string around a pine cones then dip it and before its dry sprinkle glitter. Then put in a basket with a pretty bow.

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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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    I always have candle wax left in the bottom of my candle jars that does not get used. It is such a waste to toss the wax. I do save the jars. What can I do to use it? I've tried buying wicks, but it doesn't really work well.

    By Shirley from Shepherdsville, KY

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    I have one of those ceramic containers that are made for putting wax in the top and a tea light or votive underneath. The wax melts in its compartment and the scent goes through the room. There are special wax pieces made just for this but I use chunks of wax left over from candles. Just put them in the freezer for a while and they break up easily. I'm able to use all of the wax that won't burn as a candle.

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    You can use leftover wax and dryer lint to make fire starters. Pour it in a cardboard egg carton and cut up. You can light the cardboard or add a sliver of paper or wood to light.

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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. Fill a clean sock (you probably have some you can't find a match to) and put the chunks of scented wax in the sock. Tie a knot in the sock to hold the wax in place, and put this under your car seat. Now you have a pleasantly scented car and it didn't cost you anything!

    By Dorothy

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    How do I re-use old wax to make new candles?

    By chunnyfightwick

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    Cut the burned wicks off of your old candles. Cut or break the candles into smaller pieces if necessary. Melt in a double boiler over water heated to boiling, then turned down to simmer. Or you can use a coffee can immersed in a pot of simmering water, adding enough wax so the can sits firmly on the bottom of the pan. Be careful not to overheat the wax as it can catch fire.

    As the wax melts, use tongs to remove the leftover wicks. Use new wicks you have purchased from the craft store and follow the instructions included with the wicks. Larger (in diameter) candles will require a thicker wick, so check to make sure the wicks you buy will work with the molds you plan to use.

    Hint: Cover your drainboards with aluminum foil or several layers of newspaper before pouring the hot wax into the molds. As the wax in the molds cools, a sink hole will form around the wick, and you will need to add more hot wax. PLEASE BE VERY CAREFUL when working with hot wax. Keep children away from the area until candles are completely cool.

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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!

    Over the years either from thrift stores or yard sales, I've accumulated several electric coffee mug warmers for a dollar or less. I also had several almost empty candles. My solution, I simply plug in the mug warmer, and place the remains of the candle on it. When the candle no longer has any scent, I pour the wax out and add a new scented wax cube I've purchased. 6 pack of cubes are $2 or less, and each lasts a day or two. I love the way our home smells now and love how much less I spent to get it smelling this good.

      Editor's Note: If your candle wax is not already in a jar or other container, place it in an old mug before heating. Do not put wax directly on the warmer or it will be messy when it melts.


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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.

      Materials

      • old candle
      • variety of jars
      • candle or mug warmer

      Directions:

      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

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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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      Any suggestions for using left over scented candles once the wick is gone and can no long be burnt? Thanks.

      By nunley10 from Huntington, WV

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      You can buy new wicks from the craft store and melt the candle wax down to make new candles. Sometimes I save the little holder the tea light candles come in and reuse them to make new candles that way. New wicks are nice if you want to give the candles as a gift. I would suggest hitting the thrift store and buying an old sauce pan and measuring cup to use just for candles, too.

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      When the melts lose their scent, I pour them in a glass candle jar that is almost empty. I put the wick over a pencil or piece of incense and hang it over an empty jar. This is where all the wax from the warmer gets poured when it doesn't smell as strong anymore.

      Recycled Candles From Wax Melter

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      When candles burn down but there is plenty of wax on the sides and the candle smells too good to throw away just scrape the wax off the sides of the glass and put the wax in a tart warmer. The wax smells better than it did when it was a candle.

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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

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      I want to melt that wax down and put it back in the Glade candle holder. I have about 20 Glade candle holders that are about 1/2 way filled with wax, but cannot be used because the wick is burnt down.

      By Jeanne

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      I have taken and cut/dug out all the old wax and I have an old crock pot and put it in that and heat it on low until all melted and then add a new wick to holder and carefully pour, using and old cup dip and pour back into the holder to let set. Wick needs to be kept straight and as not to float or roll over. Hope this is helpful.

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