Addie and I are getting ready for a yard sale this weekend so yesterday I SCOURED the house gathering things together for the sale. I love spring cleaning! I know, I know- it’s August. Cut me some slack, it’s been a busy year.
Anyways, while I was cleaning I stumbled upon my stash of old candles that had burned through their wicks. When I was little, I would often find my mom in the kitchen armed with a butter knife scraping out every last inch of wax from her candle jars. I used to wonder why. Then, I grew up and realized candles are EXPENSIVE, yo! So, these days, I (like my mother before me) can be found from time to time digging around the bottom of old jars.
So first off, I like to save the wax. Second, I hoard the jars. P.F. Candle Co. is my jam and their amber jars just fill my life with joy. Plus, hey! Shabam- recycling. Good for me.
First off, like I said, I’ll grab a butter knife and loosen up the wax. If you’re not using soy based candles, you might need to warm the jar up under some hot water to help soften the wax. You can also use the edge of the knife to jiggle the wicks off of the bottom.
Next, I just toss the wax into a zippy bag and label it with the name on the jar. That way I know exactly what I have. I’ll use the wax later.
The last thing I do is pop the jars in a warm, soapy water bath. This allows me to scrub any remaining wax out of the bottom. The warm water will loosen the labels as well so that they just peel right off!
If you read my Travel Tips post, you’ll have seen that I’m slightly obsessed with canvas pouches. I use them for all sorts of things including storing my unused wax. Best part about this situation, P.F. Candle included these drawstring bags when you order the large 14 oz. candles. So, keep those suckers and use them once the candle is long gone!
I’ll also keep a bag with all the lids. Most often, I don’t use them, but sometimes I’ll want to screw on a lid and use the jars to store smalls around the house. So I’m always thankful when I have them stored away.
Once the jars are clean and dried, I keep them all around the house. In the dining room, I’ll use them as small vases. They are perfect for fresh cut wildflowers or little stems from the backyard.
The jars are perfect for bathroom storage. We have a small space so having containers to organize all out little necessities are vital!
I’ll also use them a LOT in my office. They house brushes, pens, pencils, scissors and any other desk supply perfectly. Plus, ya know- they pretty.
I love these fat ones for plants! There is the perfect amount of space for my little guys to spread out and keep growing.
Like I said, earlier, I’ll use the wax again! I’ll just pop it in one of my tart burners and enjoy for days and days past their original end date.
I love my P.F. jars, but you can use this technique on any other container! I also worked with a couple of really pretty Christmas tins that I couldn’t bring myself to part with. I may or may not have that leftover wax next in my lineup. If Target can have Halloween candy in July, I can burn Christmas candles in August!
Until next time!