I have this minor OCD that makes me not want to waste a drop of anything. I will use the last drop of makeup, lotion or body wash even if I don’t love it. If I’ve spent money on something, I’m going to get out every last dollar of it! I’ve tossed products before and feel guilty for days because I feel like I’m throwing away money. Do you ever get that feeling?
Whenever I purchase candles other than my Slatkin and Co. favorties, I end up with candles that don’t completely burn out. The wick was either buried in the wax (you know, ’cause my husband only lit two of three) or there is just a ton of wax left over and no more wick to burn. Frustrating!
Take a look at them. What a waste! :(
So because of this little OCD thing, I had to figure out a way to preserve the wax. While browsing through Pinterest I stumbled upon a few simple wax recycling techniques and a light bulb went off.
How to Recycle Candles
What you will need:
- Leftover candle wax
- Votives or glass jars
- Brand new wicks
- A pot of low boiling water
I went to the local craft store and purchased these wicks. They are 2 inches and 12 came in a pack for a $1.92.
First bring about 4 cups of water to a low boil. You’ll want just enough water to cover the wax in the glass jar, make sure no water goes into the actual glass jar that is holding the wax.
Place the glass candle jar into the water.
Within minutes the wax will start to melt.
While that is happening get your votive and new wick ready:
Once enough of the candle wax has melted slowly pour the wax into the votive. You may need to adjust the wick a bit.
That’s it! Let the wax set for a few hours, light up a candle and enjoy your evening.
Wax recyling helped my minor OCD! I’m enjoying my new 16 cent votives!
If you try this, let me know, I’d love to see how it worked for you!