How to Remove Wax from Glass with Boiling Water
I cannot tell a lie. Sometimes I purchase items because of the container it comes in. There. I said it. In particular, candles are a splurge for me because they are often “expensive”, so I have to wait until they go on sale. One thing I CAN count on is that I KNOW I will reuse the glass candle container for other things. I searched online for how to remove wax from glass and the one I liked the most was from Aunt Peaches. She had a fantastic tutorial (and funny too) and it worked great! Here is my version of how to remove candle wax from glass.
Here is what you’ll need:
- Used glass candle containers
- Boiling water
- Plastic utensil
- Paper towel
- Warm soap and water
These are the glass containers I started out with. Don’t worry about the label and soot, I’ll address that too.
Before we begin it’s important to note to make sure that the glass container is thick enough to withstand the boiling water. Use caution, as some may be too thin and will break.
First, boil water in a teapot and slowly pour it into your container.
Next, wait. Wait until the remaining wax floats to the surface. And the water cools. I am approximating about 45 minutes. It will look something like this.
Next, take your plastic utensil and scrap off the wax and wick base onto a paper towel and discard. That’s it!! Easy!
To remove the label and soot, I soaked the containers in warm soapy water and gently scrubbed until they were clean.
Here is what they look like after!
I’m using these particular vases for craft room storage, but consider using them for flowers in a centerpiece or holding make-up brushes or toothbrushes in your bathroom.
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Updated from 4/24/13