How To Reuse Candle Wax!

How To Reuse Candle Wax!
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Do you have truckloads of old candled wax just laying around? Left over in your warmers? Are your old glass candle jars still full of unmelted candle wax? We are going to take a look at a few of the cool ideas I found sitting around on the internet just begging to be shared with everyone! There are actually quite a few really good tips out there for some cool ways of dealing with all of that unused candle wax. As usual, if you have any tips on how to reuse candle wax, please leave a comment below!

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Remelt the wax into new wax cubes or tealight candles

Wax Cubes Candles

Tealight CandleOne way of melting used wax from a jar candle is to put the jar in the microwave for less than a minute and keep an eye on it. Another method is to place the used candle jar on an electric candle warmer and wait for the wax to melt. This may take longer, but will also melt all the wax in the jar. One good tip I found was to actually put the entire jar inside the freezer til its nice and frosty and the wax will pop right out a lot easier than trying to scrap it out. After you have gathered all your wax and melted it down you can pour it into empty tealight cups, ice cube tray or empty wax cube containers. If you would like, you can place a few drops of your favorite essential oil fragrance into the melted wax and make it a new scented wax! Once you finished filling whichever container you’re using, you can place them in the freezer for a few hours to help harden them and make them easier to remove, especially in the case of ice trays or wax cube containers.

Store it in old used jars for later

Used Candle Jar

One of my favorite things to do is to gather the old used candle wax from my tealight candles, used wax cubes and scented candles and chip them out of existing jars or scrape them out of the containers. I then just dump them into an old empty candle jar I have sitting around. I keep all my old tealight cups and candle jars because you just don’t know if your ever going to need them, plus I am quite the pack rat, lol. Doing this saves a ton of candle wax over time that can be used down the road for many of the uses we have listed here! Of course there are a ton of other things you can use for old candle jars also, but maybe we will save that for another post down the road!

Use it for a simple air freshener

Candle Wax Heart Air Freshener Candle Wax Moon Air Freshener Candle Wax Star Air FreshenerTake chips, chunks or pieces of used wax from scented candles and you can place them into a little drawstring style cloth bag, pull the strings nearly tight and place them in an area that can use some pretty smells like your clothing drawers, closets or near a kitty litter box. Another tip I found was to press the used scented wax together into a good clump then use a cute little cookie cutter to make a neat shape out of it, then some fishing line or decorative string through it and hang it as an actual air freshener. You can also remelt used wax and use a few drops of essential oil to renew the wax into new good smelling fresheners. You then let the melted wax dry or place it in the freezer, once it has cooled you can used the cookie cutter method to create a hanging air freshener.

Make Easy to light fire starters

Campfire Icon FireplaceUse an old egg carton, add sawdust or dryer lint and stuff each egg container with whichever item you chose then pour melted wax over them, just enough to cover the contents. This makes it so that when you light the fire starter, the wax keeps them from burning up so fast. Another tip I found was to use old toilet paper rolls, stuff them with old paper products, paper towels, junk mail, etc. Then pour the melted wax over the toilet paper rolls to keep them from burning up and to help them last longer with starting a fire.

You can also use cotton balls, the typical kind used for cleaning your face. Melt the used wax and you can dip each cotton ball in the wax up to the point where your fingers are. This will cover the cotton balls with wax and also keep them from burning up too fast when used for starting a fire.

Help with sticky locks or sticky zippers

Lock And Key ZipperRub the key from a sticky lock repeatedly on some of the used wax, then stick the key in and out of the lock. Do this a few times and it will help free the lock up. In order to help with a sticky zipper, rub the used wax up and down on the zipper a few times the run the zipper up and down a few times and this will keep the zipper from getting stuck.


If you know of any cool ideas for how to reuse candle wax please leave a comment below! If you would like to receive updates from Believe You Candle, you can enter your information in the subscribe button on the right sidebar and click subscribe!

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  1. Hello there,
    I never really thought about using used candle way and I must admit you have some cool ideas right here!
    One could really make some cool and creative things with used wax. If you have different models you could also perhaps use them to create stars, circles…. to put on the Christmas tree. Or perhaps use them to decorate cakes? Not sure about this one as it probably wouldn’t be fun if they all melted on the cake haha.
    Good stuff!

    1. Hello Dejan! Yes you would definitely want to be careful where you would place any of the items creating when reusing candle wax. One thing you don’t want to do is get melted candle wax everywhere, lol!
      Thank you very much for your feedback!

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