What do you do with a used candle?

What do you do with a used candle? - Cosmic Green Candles

Repurposing used wax can be a smart and clean way to reuse your candles. In this blog we'll explain some trips and tricks for getting used wax out of the jar so you can repurpose your vessel into something new! Remember used wax pieces can be used in a wax melter for one final round of use. 

Once you have your container free of wax, it's time to get creative with what you can do with it. You can use the repurposed item as a vase, planter, or pencil holder. The possibilities are truly endless when it comes to upcycling. Have fun experimenting, and let your creativity take the wheel! When cleaning out the container, be sure not to skip any steps.

Taking the time to clean out the inside properly will help ensure that whatever you make with it is safe for use in your home. Adding something like baking soda or vinegar to the water will help remove any stubborn residue from the candle wax. You can quickly turn your old candle container into something beautiful with just a few extra steps. Enjoy!


If used wax is not too deep in the candle, the freezing method is a smart way to clean it out. After leaving your candle in the freezer overnight, simply flip it upside down and scrape off the wax with a spoon or butter knife. This process allows for easy separation of the used wax from any container walls used to hold it. The benefit from this tip? Not only have you repurposed used wax, but you can also enjoy a much cleaner candle each time you light it!


If you have multiple used candles to clean, preheating your oven to 150-200 degrees Fahrenheit is an intelligent way. Place the used candles upside down on a sheet of aluminum foil on a baking pan and place them in the oven. Stay close by as wax can be unpredictable, but if done correctly, the used wax should pool onto the foil within 15 minutes. Wearing an oven mitt, carefully remove the baking pan from the oven. After allowing any remaining used wax to dry on the baking sheet can be repurposed or disposed of accordingly.


Boiling your candle in an inch of water, you'll find that the used wax naturally rises to the surface. Make sure to protect the surface you are using for this process as it will become very hot. Once done, strain the used wax from the water, being careful not to get any down the drain as it may cause a blockage. Now with repurposed wax, you can create new candles or use it for other creative projects!


If you have used wax from an old candle lying around, don't throw it away! With a handy heat gun (or hairdryer), you can easily melt the used wax and repurpose it for a new project. Make sure your workspace is safe and secure - use a paper towel to collect any excess that escapes out of the container. Once the used wax is liquefied, carefully clean up the remaining residue so you can start fresh with your brand-new DIY project. 

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