Guide to reusing Candle Containers-blog by Happy Scents

Guide to Reusing Happy Scents Candle Containers


If you love candles as much as we do, you most likely have an overwhelming collection of containers piling up and you can’t bring yourself to throwing them away. No need to worry any longer about what to do with your growing collection of old candle containers sitting in the back of a cabinet. We have created the ultimate guide that covers everything from how to clean your containers to fun and useful ways to repurpose your containers.

Reusing Candle Containers

You have fully enjoyed each candle and only a tiny amount of wax is left languishing at the bottom of the old container. Your first step to being able to reuse the container your old candle called home, is to remove all the old wax from inside it. There are a number of different ways to achieve this.

How To Clean Leftover Wax From Candle Jars

The Boiling Water Method

This method works best with wide-mouth candles. Place your old candle on a protective surface, like a dish towel or a potholder. Boil enough water to fill the candle jar, then pour the hot water into the container, leaving an inch of space at the top. The water will melt the candle wax, causing it to float to the surface of the container. Allow a few hours for it cool completely before removing the wax. Strain the water and remaining candle bits, and avoid getting the wax in the sink drain. Then wipe the container clean with warm soapy water. 

The Wash & Go Method

This is the simplest method and works well for candles made of wax that has a low melting point, like our soy candles. First, carefully remove as much of the leftover wax as possible using a spoon or a knife. Then, just fill the container with soap and hot water from your tap, let it sit for a few minutes, then scrub the inside clean. Voila, your container is ready for its new life!

The Freezer Method

Candle wax shrinks and becomes brittle when it is frozen, so it can easily be removed from its container. Start by placing the old candle container into your freezer for a few hours. Once it has frozen, flip the jar upside down and the wax should pop right out. If it doesn’t pop right out, simply use a butter knife to gently remove any remaining wax. Use warm water and soap to clean any remaining debris. 

The Double Boiler or Bain Marie Method

For stubborn leftover wax, the double boiler method will be a great option. Place the candle inside of a pot or large metal bowl on a heat-safe surface. (Tip: put a folded dish towel under the candle to keep it from moving in the pot.) Pour boiling water into the pot around the candle, making sure that the water does not get into the candle jar. The heat from the boiling water will transfer through the sides of the container, melting the wax left attached to the inside. Let the jar sit in the hot water until the wax has softened. Hold the jar in one hand and use a butter knife to loosen the wax. Remove the container from the water, pop out the wax, and then wash with soap and water.

Candle sitting on a dish towel, inside a pot filled with water. This is the Marie Bain or Double Boiler Method of getting stubborn old wax out of candle jars.


  • Don't overheat the glass containers
  • Do not put any solid or liquid wax down the sink as this will clog your drains
  • Do not use a microwave as many wicks are set with a metal clip at the bottom and can cause a fire
  • Careful not to break the glass 

    Now that your containers are squeaky clean and ready for their new life, here are four of our favorite ways to reuse Happy Scents containers:

    Bathroom Organization

    Is your medicine cabinet or bathroom counter a hot mess? Quickly organize by storing Q-Tips, cotton balls, toothbrushes, hair accessories, etc. in designated containers! 

    Repurposed jar

    Mini Planters

    Add some greenery to your space by using Happy Scents containers as mini planters for small flowers and succulents. 

    Desk Organization

    Candle containers are perfect for holding pens and pencils! Keep your WFH (work from home) area nice and tidy! 

    Turn your candle container into a pencil and pen holder!

    Jewelry Storage

    If your current jewelry holder is overflowing, use an old candle container to store some of your rings and things! 

    And there you have it. Your ultimate guide on how to clean and upcycle your candle containers! Have any ideas we missed? Snap a pic and tag us on Instagram @happyscentsco or Facebook @happyscentsnc, and we will feature how you used yours! 

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