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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.

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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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, 20120 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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April 22, 2009 Flag
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Here are some ideas for used birthday candles.

By Cyinda from near Seattle

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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December 18, 2010 Flag
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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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May 5, 20110 found this helpful
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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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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.

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

November 2, 2013 Flag
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How do I re-use old wax to make new candles?

By chunnyfightwick

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December 7, 20130 found this helpful
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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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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!

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.

August 15, 2009 Flag
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Any suggestions for using left over scented candles once the wick is gone and can no long be burnt? Thanks.

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