Thursday Tip: Cleaning Out Candle Jars

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So, if you know me, you know that I absolutely love to burn candles. In fact, we are having a Christmas party tonight with some of our friends and I’ve already picked out the candles that I am going to burn. I’m going to use the new decorative setting for tea lights that my brother and his girlfriend gave me and I’m going to be burning strawberry rhubarb tea lights that smell fabulous and it excites me way more than it should.

But as a result of this, you end up with lots of candle jars – jars which are really rather nice. It feels like a shame to throw them out, but previously, I had no idea what to do with them.

Enter this tutorial on how to clean out your candles jars that I saw on pinterest. But of course, when you see something on pinterest or just the internet in general, you can’t be certain whether it will a) work, b) be as easy as they say or c) end up looking anything like the promised results. So today, I put it to the test.

Here is the candle I started out with. In case you are wondering, it is from ECE Candles, which is a local business that makes amazing smelling 100 percent soy candles. I bought it at a local green fair this summer, but they have an online storefront as well. Just thought I’d recommend them because I like them so much, no other reason. I forgot to take pictures before I put it in the freezer, so that’s why they look so cold.

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And I am thrilled to report it worked – it worked beautifully. It was relatively quick (if you don’t count the time in the freezer, but that’s passive time so you can be doing other stuff) and definitely easy. I would highly recommend the above tutorial because you are going to get the results that you want and everything can easily be found around your house to do it, most likely.

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See how beautiful it is? I don’t know what I’m going to do with it yet, but whatever I do with it is tons better than just pitching it. I can’t believe I have tossed so many perfectly good jars – because you know those jars are extremely well crafted and beautiful looking.

I did know that ECE candles does have a jar recycling program, so I might do that, since then I could get a discount on some new candles (though I think I might have had to leave the label on – I’m not sure). But I also kind of like the idea of keeping it, and using it to store something small, like maybe paperclips or pushpins. It’s just such a nice, now clean, beautiful jar. Any good suggestions on what I should put in it? It’s fairly small. I can’t wait to finish burning some of my big ones and getting the huge jars clean to use them.

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