candle, empty candle jar and repurposed jar
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How to Clean Candle Jar

Repurposing a candle jar for DIY projects is a great way to upcycle. See these steps for how to clean a candle jar to get it project ready.



  • Fill pot with water, just enough to cover half of the jar.
  • Place jar inside and slowly bring to a boil.
  • As water boils, candle will melt into liquid.
  • Pour liquid wax into can to dispose or into candy mold to use as wax melts.
  • Wash jar inside and out with warm, soapy water.
  • Peel off outside label; using a plastic scrapper may help. 
  • Use Goo Gone for any residual label adhesive.
  • Then wash with warm, soapy water again.
  • Voila! Your jar is clean and ready to upcyle!