Now you can recycle candles and save money. To recycle candles all you have to do is melt the old candles down and use the wax to make new candles. Sound easy? Well it is. Just follow these instructions.
How to melt down old candles.
You will need a double boiler to melt down your old candles. You can use a deep sauce pan and melting pot with a pouring spout which will make a double boiler.
Before you put your candles in your melting pot, try to pull the wicks out. Sometimes this may not be possible, so just try to cut off as much as you can, especially the burned exposed wick. Be sure to remove any labels there may be on the side of the candle, and be sure to check the bottom of the candle for stickers and remove those as well.
Fill the bottom part of your double boiler with about two inches of cool water, and place on the burner set to high temperature. When the water begins to boil, turn the heat down to medium low or low.
Place the candles to be melted down into the melting pot and set the melting pot in a boiling water. Always stay with it as the wax liquefies. SPECIAL NOTE: Don't place the melting pot into the water until it begins to boil.
When the wax is entirely liquid you have successfully melted the wax. If you weren't able to remove all of the wicks or wick clips they will have dropped to the bottom of the melting pot. That's alright, they can stay there until after you have made your candles. Just dump them in the garbage after you have completed your candles.
If you want to recycle candles from your old jar candles here are a few pointers that might help. We need to get the wax from the old jar into the melting pot so that you can use it to make new candles.
1. You can put the jar candle in boiling water until it melts the wax enough to be dumped into your melting pot. Be very careful and use oven mitts because it will be very hot.
2. Some people will put the candle jar in the oven and keep it there until it is melted enough to dump into your melting pot.
3. The best advice I can give you is to don't leave the jar alone at any time not matter which process you choose to use.
Remember that if a jar candle gets too hot it can explode.
Now that you have all of your old candles melted, you can now proceed to make new beautiful candles.
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