Hey y’all! I’m Liz, and I’m here to show you how to clean and reuse your Candelles jars after that sad, sad moment when they’ve burned their last bit of love.

PRO TIP: Before you start, make sure your Candelles jars have been in the freezer for 12+ hours. When the little bit of leftover wax in the bottom is frozen, it comes out of the jar MUCH easier! 

 What you’ll need: 

  • A dinner knife 
  • A dinner fork 
  • Tweezers (if you don’t have long-ish nails) 
  • Paper towels 
  • A scrubby style sponge or textured washcloth 

To start with, hold your Candelles jar in one hand and gently but firmly press the tip of the knife into the frozen wax. 

Don’t stab it because you don’t want to break or chip the cold glass. Firmly pressing the knife tip into the wax should cause it to break apart into chunks. 

You can either discard these chunks or use them in a wax melter to extend the life of your candle. 

Next, use your fork to gently pry up the metal wick tab. Turn the jar with one hand while pulling up gently on each edge until it comes loose. Discard this as well. 
Using either tweezers or your thumbnail, start peeling the label off the jar. Peel slowly and firmly to get it off all in once piece. These labels are made from thick, durable vinyl that's protected from scratches, water & sunlight. This also makes them removable, and will either leave no sticky residue or very little on the jar, and the residue comes off easily with a scrubby sponge, hot water, and soap.

Before washing your jars, take a paper towel and wipe away any soot or remaining wax from the inside of your jar. 

And don’t forget to peel the label off the bottom as well. 

Make sure your jars are at room temperature before cleaning them jars thoroughly using hot water + dish soap, and scrub off any remaining debris.

Dry them with a paper towel and buff them a little to get rid of any fingerprints.

And you’re done!

I’ve used these jars for pen and marker storage, but you can also use them to grow herbs on your kitchen windowsill, package homemade sauces, store leftovers, and more!

Leave your creative re-use ideas in the comments below and I’ll pick my favorite and shout you out on IG. Tag me (@thegraytergood) and @candelles in your photos with your re-purposed jars.
We can’t wait to see what y’all come up with! 


We get our sweet candle labels​ from our friends over at Sticker Mule.
Here's $10 off your next order with them!


  • Posted by Shirley on

    Make up brush holder! Makes em easy to grab :)

  • Posted by Gerri Smalley on

    I use my repurposed jars for homemade soup storage as well as homemade cashew milk. :)
    IG: @GerriSmalley

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