I was looking for makeup storage containers like THIS one, but seriously $123 for a plastic drawer system? Yeah, probably not. But then I realised I had a lot of used up candle jars that are really pretty that I was just going to throw away... So I did a bit of Googling on the best way to remove candle wax from jars and this is what I came up with...
You will need;
- Old burned down candles.
- A freezer
- A flat edged knife
- Container or rubbish bin to empty old wax into
- Kitchen sink
- Washing up liquid
- Paper towels
- Any products that you normally use to remove 'sticky' residue (Eucalyptus oil etc)
- Pop your old candle into the freezer. Leave it there for about 1/2 an hour - an hour or even over night.
- Remove candle from freezer & slide knife down the sides of the jar and loosen the wax. (The wax actually shrinks when it is frozen, so this step is really easy)
- Empty all broken & old wax into the container or bin.
- Fill up your kitchen sink with hot water (the hotter the better)
- Hand wash the candle jar removing any remaining wax and giving it a good clean.
- Rinse under hot water & dry with paper towel.
- If there is any stickers or remaining 'sticky stuff' on the candle (sometimes the wick is glued down) use an appropriate product to remove it. I use eucalyptus solution or spray, it works really well.
- Once you have removed the last traces of stickiness rinse your jar under hot water.
- Decide what you want to pop in your cute new jar.
*Please be careful when putting candle jar into hot water. If the jar is still very cold that hot water can cause it to crack.
**Instead of hand washing the candle jar you can try to use a dishwasher, I don't have one so I am not sure how well it will work. I've read that some jars can shatter & others can be totally fine.
I also filmed a tutorial on how to do this so if you would like to watch it please click HERE or watch below! (It also includes a bit of a 'make up collection' - well the stuff I store in jars anyway!)
***Please take care when using knives & hot water, following this tutorial is at your own risk and I take no responsibility for any injuries you may receive whilst doing so.