To me, a candle burning on a clean kitchen bench is one of my most favourite things.
A glass of wine, cool chilled tunes, chopping up for a meal consisting of more than freezer food while chatting with the Mr, with a candle burning in the background; best evening ever!
My obsession with candles goes way back. My addiction and expensive taste for Glasshouse Candles goes back just a few years.
Beautiful candles don’t come cheap and you definitely get what you pay for. I had a lovely caterer tell me recently she finds that she can refill her Glasshouse Candles twice over before they lose their fragrance. Thrifty, interesting stuff.
I don’t refill but I have begun cleaning out the leftover jars and using them around the house.
After cleaning out quite a few jars, I thought I would pass on the easiest way I have found to do it. So simple and so useful.
Imagine a craft room or study with a heap of these babies lined up. Or you could save them up throughout the year and use them crafting up Christmas presents.
As you can see from the demo pics, on this occasion I was cleaning out my Christmas candle jar which I have put away with all my Christmas decorations for next year.
This how-to is for any glass candle jar (not necessarily Glasshouse) so be good to the environment and don’t waste the pretty packaging.
What you will need:
- Old tweezers (I now have specific, old, Avon tweezers for doing just this job)
- Plastic bag
- Old newspaper/paper towel/junk mail to catch the wax
- Before you blow out the candle for the last time, line a plastic bag with newspaper or paper towel. Basically, something that will allow the hot wax to soak up and not go directly onto the plastic.
- Be ready to move fast as the faster you move the easier all the wax gets out of there.
- When the candle has only about 1cm left to burn. Blow out the wicks and with some old tweezers pull them out of the wax and pop them in the lined plastic bag.
- Pour the remaining hot wax into the lined plastic bag. If the jar is quite hot, wrap a tea towel around the glass to pick it up.
- If any of the wax misses the paper just quickly pick up the bag in case it melts and place it on another piece of paper. You don’t want it to stick to your bench tops!
- Place the jar in the top shelf of your dishwasher. I put my jars through with other items, just not on a fully loaded wash. I used to be worried the fragrance would go through but it doesn’t make any of your other items smell like Montego Bay or Little Black Dress.
- After the wash goes through a normal cycle your jar will be good to go. Sometimes, if there is black around the rim of the jar you will just have to wipe that out (urgh, manual labour) but shouldn’t be too difficult.
Do you have a candle obsession? What is your favourite?
Do you keep the jars?
I have no affiliation with Glasshouse Candles.
Though Hello! That would certainly help feed my obsession.