If you spill hot wax on fabric, wood, plastic, etc., place it in the freezer overnight. In the morning it should pull right off. This also works for getting leftover wax out of candle holders once the wick is spent. You might want to use the container for something else and after freezing the candle wax just slides right out.
By dusty6788 from Silver Spring, MD
Thank you--I've always wondered how to clean candles out of glass. I'm assuming this would work well with metal candle holders, too.
I just toss the candle holders/jars in the dishwasher. They come out pristine every time. :)
I have been a candle maker for many years. I have not tried many of the ideas here. I put my containers with left over wax in a 150 degree oven upside down on several folded paper towels. It all melts into the paper in 10 to 15 minutes. Be sure to use enough towels. if the melted wax gets to your oven bottom it will smoke and potentially ignite.
I remove small amounts and clean candle all at once by using skin so soft from Avon. It works best for me and leaves your candle holder with a wonderful scent.
I have used this trick for years and years. Set the oven on warm and put a whole bunch of paper towels on a cookie sheet. If you have only a little bit of stubborn wax, you probably don't need a lot of towels. If you have more, be sure to fold the towels pretty thick. Turn your glass candle upside down and poof! In a few minutes the wax is out and you have a clean candle holder!
Don't throw the waxed paper towels away, they make great fire starters especially when you go camping.
Making it easier to clean wax out of glass holders, put some water in before you place the candle in. Not sure why this works. However, for the smaller inch round 2 inch tall ones that we use all the time, simply put a teaspoon or a touch more burn the candle as normal, and when its all used up the left over wax simply comes right out. Have also used this method in smaller tea light candles and larger kind. Seems to work better in smaller candles or the faster they burn. The water will evaporate, so just add a little more before relighting, or the wax does not come off as clean.
Spray your candle holder with Pam prior to putting in your candles. The bottom will pop right out when you need to replace the candle!
Here are questions related to Removing Candle Wax from Jars.
I have a couple of fluted glass hurricane candle holders where the candle has melted to the bottom (it's larger at the bottom, smaller in the middle, and larger at the top, kind of a pear-shape). Any ideas on how to get this out?
By Sheilad from OH
If putting it in the freezer doesn't work, try sitting in in very warm water for a few minutes and then see if it will be soft enough to pry out.
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When a candle has been burned and all that is left is the stubborn candle wax on the sides, just pop the jar in the freezer for about an hour and when you take it out, it will pop right out. You can now reuse the jar for a little candy jar as a gift or make another candle.
By Joy G.
What's the best way to remove a large amount of candle wax from a jar that has a much more narrow opening than the base of the candle jar?
I was thinking of letting it sit in boiling water and slowly scooping out with a spoon, but maybe someone here has an idea that will work better.
By Deeli from Richland, WA