Cleaning Candle Jars

I LOVE JARS! More often than not I’ll buy a candle for the look not the scent. I often buy empty ones from ebay/car boot sales to use as decoration or little storage jars. The Diptyque candles retail for £47 each (though filled obviously), but when I saw it at a carboot sale I just loved the jar, I paid £2 for it! The man selling them thought his wife was mad for flogging an empty jar (think he thought it was like selling an empty bean tin, bless!) but me even madder for buying it, us women – you gotta love us right?!

My ‘bargain’ £2 jar

But when I do get a new candle, and the courage (peer pressure from husband!) to actually light it; what happens when it’s all burnt out and covered in soot? You could throw it in the recycling but wouldn’t you rather clean it easily and reuse it?

It took me awhile to realise I was actually burning a candle wrong, I was in the bath once and had a candle burning on the rack, I then saw the ‘how to burn candle instructions‘ that we all ignore, and honestly thought what idiot doesn’t know how to light a candle?! Turned out I didn’t! If you burn a candle incorrectly it will half the life of it, and so you’re effectively doubling the cost of each candle you buy…

How to burn a candle CORRECTLY

  1. Always trim your wick. Everytime you light it! It needs to be about 3mm in height. I use nail clippers to trim mine, but you can purchase wick trimmers (I think that might be a bit extra though, no?). When you trim a wick, it burns brighter and helps stop that black sooty stain on the top of your candle jar.
  2. Leave to burn until it has melted evenly across the top. It could take a few hours, so try not to light it unless you’re around for a while. I was told by a lady at the Yankee candle shop if you constantly light and blow out, light and blow out, the wick will start to sink lower and cause a hole in the centre which they called ‘tunnelling‘. It leaves a lot of wax residue around the side (very wasteful and unsightly, especially if you’re buying a £50 candle.)
  3. Make sure there isn’t a draught, such as open windows, fans or even doors opening and closing all the time. A breeze will disrupt the flame leaving black stains along the top.

How to clean a candle jar

Even after following all the steps on how to burn them correctly no jar will be squeaky clean and with every last drop of wax burnt, but it does help massively. This is a very simple how to: pour boiling water into your jar up to the brim (I like to place it on an old towel, just incase some waxy water spills out over the side). Now wait a few hours; the residue of wax will firstly melt and float to the top, then as the water cools down it’ll harden again but stay at the top, once cold enough to touch simply pick the wax out with your fingers and bin. Then wash your jar with warm soapy water (Fairy Platinum is my chosen dish soap). Dry and that’s it!

You can now showcase your gleamingly clean jar, but also use it for storing little trinkets such as: cotton buds, jewellery, headphones, keys, make-up brushes, a little plant, small bath bombs, cotton wool, hair bobbles, sweets (aka bath snacks), office equip (paper clips etc) or even loose change! If you use them for anything else please let me know would love to hear.

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