For a long time I’ve felt guilty about tossing empty candle containers into the trash, especially when so many of them are quite elegant.
The problem is obvious: the vast majority of the time, the candle burns unevenly into a tunnel shape or else it melts down to a little nub at the bottom.
A nub that I cannot chip out for love or money.
Hence, the toss.
Recently, though, I hit the jackpot: two candles burned cleanly down to the bottom of the jar.
When the last bit of fire snuffed itself out, I use a paper towel to wipe down the sides and bottom. The key here is that the wax was still warm, making this easy to do.
Next I cleaned both jars with soap and water. One was a clear container and I put it through the dishwasher. It came out nice and sparkly!
I’m currently using both of them to hold items on my desk at work.
(And yes, one of them is stuffed with lip glosses).
Two other tips I found online for cleaning wax residue:
- Place jars in the freezer overnight, then use a butter knife to chip out the residue. Clean with soapy water.
- Pour a small amount of boiling water from a tea kettle directly into the candle jar. The water will melt and displace the wax, and as the water cools, the wax will float to the top in a disc. Remove and clean with soapy water.
P.S. Here are a few other snaps from my desk: