How to Remove Wax and Labels
Materials needed: work clothes, heat resistant bowl or pan large enough to submerge candle jar, stove top, pot for boiling adequate water, heat resistant gloves (like oven mitts), rags or paper towel, newspaper, lined garbage bin, pliers.
- Put on work clothes that you don’t mind getting wax on (just in case).
- Find a heat resistant bowl or pan deep enough to submerge the candle and place in a utility room or garage.
- For safety purposes, we do not recommend doing this in your kitchen.
- Place your lined garbage bin on top of a couple sheets of newspaper near the bowl.
- This will protect your floor from any wax spillage.
- Boil enough water so that the candle jar will be submerged when placed in the bowl that’s in your utility room or garage.
- Once the water reaches a boil, carefully pour the water in the bowl in the utility room or garage.
- Add a couple teaspoons of baking soda and stir until completely dissolved
- This will help with label removal.
- Put on your heat resistant gloves and gently place the candle jar upright in the water, do not fully submerge the jar, and wait until the wax starts to soften around the walls.
- You may have to hold the jar upright so it doesn’t tip over in the water. You do not want the melted wax to mix with the water.
- Once the wax around the side of the jar is melted, carefully pour the melted wax into the lined garbage bin.
- Use your pliers to pull off the wick stuck to the bottom of the jar and place the wick in the garbage bin.
- Use your rags or paper towels to remove any remaining wax residue from the jar. Throw used rags or paper towels in the lined garbage bin when done.
- Once you have removed all of the wax, put the jar back in the water and submerge. Leave it to soak for 30 minutes.
- After 30 minutes, use protective gloves if the jar is still hot, remove it from the water and scrape off the labels into the lined garbage bin. It should scrape off easily, leaving clean glass behind.