Reusing Old Wax to Make Candles?

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

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December 7, 20131 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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November 24, 20130 found this helpful

Line a sauce pan with aluminum foil. Put the old wax into the foil. Heat the wax in the sauce pan over low heat. When the wax has melted, pour it into some kind of mold (which could be a cut down milk carton or a tin can or something more formal).

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