Using Leftover Candle Wax

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!

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July 14, 2005

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.

Melt old candles in jar on warmer.

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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.

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September 22, 2006

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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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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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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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).

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January 6, 2014

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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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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When you have gotten the most out of your favorite smelling candle and there is too much left to throw away, purchase tea light molds and tea light wicks. Melt the remaining wax and pour into the tea light molds.

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February 6, 2005

I had many glass candle jars that have burned down to the bottom that could not be re-lit but still had quite a bit of wax at the bottom. What I did was purchase a candle warmer. It looks like my plug in coffee cup warmer I keep on my desk.

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I had a Febreeze Candle that was getting towards the bottom. I decided to add some hot water which helped the fragrance last a little longer.

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April 24, 2008

Don't throw away that burnt out scented candle. If you don't have a candle warmer, buy one. Place your spent candles on the warmer and as they melt, combine them to create a whole candle.

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I use a great deal of scented soy candles, mostly purchased on sale from various places. It's always bothered me that the candle can't burn to the bottom. I take the leftover wax in the candle, freeze and then chop out gently with a butter knife. I save it until I have enough for a six to eight ounce candle,

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January 14, 2005

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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January 15, 20050 found this helpful
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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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