Many of you might have asked yourselves the question how to re-use your candle container and add your own wax once it has burnt to the end with remains inside?
Well, just breathe! There are many tricks in the candle-makers book and I am more than happy to share these with you.
FREEZE THE CANDLE WAX
Wax hardens and shrinks when it gets cold. Place the candle in the freezer for several hours or until it is frozen. The wax should pop right out of the container. If not, simply loosen it with a butter knife.
USE BOILING WATER
Before you start, remove as much wax as you can with a spoon or very hot water poured in the candle container, but leave some room at the top!
The boiling water will cause the was to melt and it will float to the top.
PUT IT IN THE OVEN
Use this method if you have several containers to clean at once. Before you begin, scrape out as much wax as you can get with a spoon or a butter knife.
Heat the oven to 180°C and lined a rimmed baking pan with tinfoil or one or two layers of parchment paper.
Place the candles upside down on the pan and place the pan in the oven. The wax will melt in about 15 minutes.
Remove the pan and place on a heat-safe surface. Hold the container using a towel or pot holder and wipe the inside with a paper towel.
CREATE A DOUBLE BOILER (BAIN-MARIE)
Before you begin, remove as much wax as you can with a spoon or butter knife. Place the candle inside of a pot or glass, metal bowl. Pour boiling water into the pot around the candle, make sure that the water does not get into the candle jar. Let the jar sit in the hot water until the wax has softened, then use a spoon to pop up the wax.
Dispose of always when cooled and hard and not in the drain as it can cause blockage!
Now you can start to make your candle and if you haven't yet tried and need help, sign up to one of my candle-making classes with me here.