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Easy Ways to Remove Soy Wax from Candle Jars: A Guide by Kansas Earth and Sky Candle Co.

Hey Sunflowers! So, you've burned through your favorite soy wax candle from Kansas Earth and Sky Candle Co., and now you're left with that beautiful empty jar. But wait, there's still some wax residue clinging to the sides. Don't worry, we've got you covered! In this post, we'll walk you through two simple methods to remove soy wax and get that jar squeaky clean using items you probably already have in your kitchen: the freezer method and the boiling water method.

Remove Soy Wax - Freezer Method:

Step 1: Chill Out: Place the candle jar in the freezer and let it sit for a few hours or overnight. The cold temperature will cause the wax to harden and shrink away from the sides of the jar, making it easier to remove.

Step 2: Break the Seal: Once the wax is fully frozen, take the jar out of the freezer and use a butter knife or spoon to gently pry the wax out of the jar. It should come out in one or a few large chunks.

Step 3: Clean Up: Use a paper towel or cloth to wipe out any remaining wax residue from the jar. If there are stubborn bits stuck to the bottom, you can use a bit of warm, soapy water to loosen them up.

Remove Soy Wax - Boiling Water Method:

Step 1: Heat Things Up: Fill a pot with enough water to submerge the candle jar and bring it to a boil.

Step 2: Dip and Swirl: Once the water is boiling, carefully lower the candle jar into the pot using tongs or a heat-resistant glove. Let it sit in the boiling water for a few minutes, swirling occasionally to help loosen the wax.

Step 3: Remove and Clean: After a few minutes, carefully remove the jar from the pot and pour out the water. Use a paper towel or cloth to wipe away any remaining wax residue from the inside of the jar.

This image shows a glass candle vessel being repurposed as a bulb planter. In a candle vessel that has been cleaned out, a white tulip bulb with leaves and a red flower emerging sits on top of a layer of small pebbles. The arrangement sits atop a laminate beige countertop.
A beautiful way to reuse our candle vessel.

Final Tips:

  • Be Patient: Whether you're using the freezer method or the boiling water method, patience is key. Let the cold or heat do its magic to make the wax removal process easier.

  • Reuse and Recycle: Once your jar is clean, don't forget to reuse it! Our candle jars make excellent drinkware, and are great containers for storing small items, or to use as a flower vase.

  • Safety First: Always handle hot wax and boiling water with care to avoid burns or accidents.

And there you have it! With just a little bit of time and some simple household items, you can easily clean out your soy wax candle jars and give them a new life. Happy cleaning and happy reusing from all of us at Kansas Earth and Sky Candle Co.!


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