How to Remove Wax from Glass


This is a great craft post from our friends at DIY Inspired and a perfect fit on this Thrifty Thursday!

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

Here are the glass containers I started out with. Don’t worry about the label and soot, I’ll address that too.

First, boil water in a teapot and 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.

Dinah is a full time Mother and Blogger of and has a Master of Arts Degree and Bachelor of Arts Degree in Speech Communication from California State University Fullerton. Formerly an educator at CSUF and business owner, Dinah is a member and regular contributor and writer of several product and community websites. Her website, DIY Inspired was voted the #3 blog out of several hundred nominees for Circle of Moms Most Creative Blog in 2012. Most recently, she was featured on Linquia’s Community Spotlight, social advertising platform, as an influential community leader and is a Curator for Homesessive’s website.


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