How To Clean Empty Candle Jars

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How to Clean Empty Candle Jars by MIZU brand


Wondering how to clean your empty candle vessels? 

One of our biggest concerns is the lack of access to glass recycling programs across the nation. 
While glass is a natural, and easily recyclable material, the unfortunate truth is that much of our glass ends up in landfills. 

To combat this, we encourage REPURPOSING whenever possible. 
It’s quick and easy, and generally takes less than 5 minutes.   
Here are a few of our tested methods to clean out empty candle vessels: 


Please note: 
One of the favorite things about our 100% Natural Soy Wax, is that is cleans away extremely easily with a little soap and water. No harsh chemical cleaners required. 


MIZU Clean Empty Candle Jars

FREEZER METHOD ( easiest ) 

Place your spent candle in the freezer for 1 hour. 
When removed, the wax will be hard and brittle. Using a butter knife, gently crack the wax away and discard. ( Our waxes are 100% natural and biodegrade like vegetable oils ). Using a fork or pliers, remove the  metal “Wick Tab” on the bottom. 
Hand-wash clean with warm, soapy water. 



Preheat your oven to the lowest temperature ( No higher than 170 F ). Place your  candle vessel on a baking sheet, and heat in oven for 10-15 minutes. 
Remove from oven and discard any excess wax. You may need to use fork or pliers  to remove the metal “wick-tab” on the bottom. Hand-wash clean with warm, soapy water. 



For this method, you are essentially creating a double boiler. Fill a medium pot halfway with water, Bring a gentle simmer. Once heated, place your candle in the water bath ( do not submerge ), and turn heat down, to low. Water should NOT be boiling.  Discard excess wax and hand-wash clean with warm, soapy water. 

Please Note: 

  • Hand-wash any vessel before placing in the dishwasher.  ( If excess wax is left in vessel, it may spread over your dishes.  ) 
  • We do not recommend using repurposed candle vessels for food storage. The lids often retain a portion of the candle’s scent, and may make your food smell... perfumed. 


Ready to repurpose? 

We want to see! Tag us on instagram ( @mizubrand ) and you'll make our day. 


Here are a few ideas on how to give new life to your candle vessel: 

  1. Flower vase
  2. Office storage 
  3. Planter
  4. Tool / nail storage ( garage )
  5. Cosmetic holder for brushes / applicators 
  6. Living room catch-all


MIZU Clean Empty Candle Jars


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