As I was cleaning my house the other day I noticed how some of my candles, even though they had a lot of wax left, they no longer burned. Not sure if it is something wrong with the wick or what happened, so I decided to buy new ones.
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As I was taking the old ones down and replacing them with the new ones, I thought, I don’t want to just throw these away, is there a way to recycle them? I figured there had to be something I could do with them, instead of just throwing them in the trash. So I started my search to find how to recycle candles.
I found that it is fairly easy to recycle your old candles into new ones. With a few simple tools you have lying around the house you can make new candles out of your old ones.
- Take your old candles that are burned too low to light again.
- Scarp out the wax with a butter knife.
- Separate the scents of the candles, unless they blend well.
- Be sure to take out all the old wicks and tabs.
- Reuse your old candle jars. After you scrape the wax out of them, wash them real good with hot soapy water.
- Re-wick your clean jars.
- Place salvaged wax in a double boiler and bring to pouring temperature.
- Pour candles, supporting wicks while candles set up, topping off as needed.
For the complete instructions check out Chickens in the Road blog post – Recycling Candles. She has beautiful pictures, poke around and I am sure you will find plenty of interesting articles and photos to enjoy.