Friday, 25 January 2013

Project Pinterest- Removing Wax From Containers

Like everyone else, I am addicted to Pinterest and I've decided to actually try some of the things I pin. 

This month, I decided to try this pin-how to get wax out of old candles so you can reuse the containers, which originated on Yellow Brick Home. The original source can be found here.

The only candles I have are tea lights, so need to reuse those containers. But I love wax tarts/melts and I always struggled with how to get the wax out of my burner. Using the information from Yellow Brick Home, I decide to try this for my burner. 

You will need:
  • Boiling water
  • A container with wax in it- candle holder or wax burner
 As you can see, I didn't start with a a lot of wax in my burner, but it was still hard (prior to pinterest) to get it out. 
I added boiling water and the wax started melting right away, which you can see above. 

Once the wax melts, it floats to the top. It was tempting for me to scoop the wax out, but following the advice of Yellow Brick House, I didn't.

As suggested, I left it over night, and this is what it looked like in the morning, It was easy to scoop the wax out and/or break it away from the sides. 

The Verdict:
I'm not sure. It worked the first time I did it, but not all times. I did try this on a variety of different kinds (ie Yankee Candle, Scentsy, etc) of wax tarts. I found that while some tarts didn't melt and float to the surface (as pictured above), sometimes the water would get under the wax (which you couldn't tell just by looking at it). I this happened, it was easier to get the wax out of the burner- cut through the wax and lift. But again, didn't always happen. I also learned it was important to use boiling water, not just hot water.


  1. You should try putting it in the freezer for a few minutes. That's what I do with my tart burners and the wax just pops right out in one chunk!

  2. Another idea for removing wax is to freeze the object and it should come off.

  3. I take a spoon and scoop it out!