How to Clean & Reuse Your Candle Shit

One of the most frequently asked questions that we get is about the best ways to clean the candle jars and warmers so they can be reused. It’s actually a pretty simple process. 

Before we dive in, enjoy this disturbing gif of Mr. Clean.

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How to Clean Candle Jars

There are a few methods you can use to get excess wax and residue out of your candle jars so you can reuse them as glasses, product holders, succulent jars, or whatever your heart desires.

Cold Method

If you only have a little wax left in your candle jar, one of the easiest ways to get the wax out is to break up the big chunks with a butter knife (CAREFULLY PLEASE) then stick the whole thing in your freezer. 

In an hour or two, the wax should have frozen and shrank allowing you to easily remove the wax pieces. If there’s residue left, you can use soap, hot water, and paper towels to remove it. 

Finally, remove the wick, finish cleaning the wick’s adhesive residue, and you’ve got your Classy AF makeup brush holder ready to take it's place of honor.

Hot Method

If you have a lot of wax left and really just can’t wait until you’ve burned through it to use your new Let’s Get Lit wine glass, the hot method is the best way to clean out your candle jar.

If you have our 2-in-1 candle warmer, just go ahead pop the candle on top of the warming plate (without the wax holder). Once your candle is fully melted, dump out the wax into a heat-proof container that you can toss when you’re done. Alternatively, you can pour that wax right back into your warmer's wax dish and keep the scent party going.

Remove the wick, clean out all the residue, and bam! You’re ready to pop that cork and pour yourself a nice glass of vino.

(If you do this method, know that your candle will melt from the BOTTOM UP which really freaked me out the first time I saw it.)

Candle on warmer

If you don’t have a 2-in-1 Warmer, you can still make the hot method work. Grab a kitchen towel and fold it so it fits in the bottom of one of your deeper pans. Place the candle in the middle of the pan and pour boiling water into the pan until it’s halfway up the side of the candle.

Once the wax has melted, carefully remove the candle, pour out the wax, remove the wick, and clean the residue and you’re good to go!

How to Clean 2-in-1 Candle Warmers

Guess what? You can use the cold method listed above to clean out your wax collecting dish. 

Pro-tip though: Don’t use a butter knife on your wax collecting dish or this will happen. 

Wax dish

Don't let this happen to you.

How to Clean Plug-In Warmers

Because of the smaller volume of wax that the plug-in warmers hold, the easiest way to clean it out is to dip a paper towel in the hot wax. The towel will soak up all the wax and you’re good to go.

(Fun fact: Your wax-soaked paper towel makes a great fire starter.)

The cold method will work for these warmers as well. 

Finally, for both the 2-in-1 and plug-in warmers, you can purchase reusable liners that can make clean up a snap. 


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  • Carly Horine on

    I actually freeze mine first, then use a butter knife. 🤷🏻‍♀️Also, I definitely felt like a witch the first my candle melted from the bottom on the warmer 🤣


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