Removing Wax From Candles

I have this habit of buying these cute little candles every time I go into Ikea.  They're cheap and they smell good.

I had been keeping the used ones and not throwing them away.  They were piling up in a drawer in the kitchen.  I knew there would be a use for them one day.  I began searching for ways to remove the remaining wax and re-use them.  I found that this way works best.

1. Boil a pot of water.  Pour the water into the candles.  Be very careful.  I sat a plate underneath so I wouldn't have water all over the counter.  The wax will start to melt and float to the top.

2.  Let them sit for a while to give the wax a chance to harden.  I left mine overnight simply because I started doing other things.  The wax will become a hard layer on top. 

3. Take a knife and pull the layer out.  If the wick is stuck at the bottom, use the knife to pop it up.

4. Pour the water out.  NOT DOWN THE DRAIN!  It has wax in it.  I poured mine out in the yard.  Better there than the pipes right?  Give them a wash and you've got yourself some clean glass containers to do whatever you wish.

I'm using them in the hall bathroom to hold personal items.

Don't you love re-using things?  I've got a whole drawer of leftover candles waiting to be cleaned and used.


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