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How to Recycle Candles

If you are someone who enjoys burning candles, you may have half empty candle jars or disfigured pillar candles sitting around that you are not able to use anymore. Purchasing brand new candles to replace them can be expensive, but you can recycle them at a fraction of the cost right in your own kitchen. These new creations can be custom made to match your home décor and you can use a variety of candle holders that make them one of a kind. Follow these steps to recycle candles you may have in your home.

Steps

  1. Collect partially used candles.Purchase additional candles at discount dollar stores or yard sales. Separate the candles by color and scent if needed. Use a flat screwdriver or butter knife to cut the wax into small pieces. Scrape wax out of jars or holders with a spoon and remove the wicks. Store the wax chunks in sealed storage bags until you are ready to recycle them.
  2. Purchase needed supplies and containers.Your local craft store will have the wicks, fragrance, and dyes you may wish to use. Candle holders can include jars, glasses, or even a tin can. You can also use a mold to make wick-less candle disks or decorative candles for the holidays.
  3. Find a large saucepan that will accommodate the amount of wax you will use.Use pans that are you do not use for general cooking or purchase old pans at discount stores or yard sales. A pan with a spout is perfect for pouring the hot wax into candle holders.
  4. Place the saucepan on the stove on low heat.Allow the pan to warm before adding the wax. Keep the burner on low so the wax does not heat too quickly. Stir occasionally to break up any chunks. This process can take up to 40 minutes.
  5. Prepare the candle holders while you are waiting for the wax to melt.Measure the needed wick length so that the wick touches the bottom of the holder and stays straight. Tie the wick string around a pencil to help it stay in place over the center of the candle holder.
  6. Check the wax and stir until any remaining chunks are dissolved.Add fragrances or candle dye to help intensify the color of the candles. Follow manufacturer instructions on both the fragrance and coloring for best results.
  7. Use a mesh strainer and pour the hot wax through into another pan.Using a strainer will help remove any remnants of dirt or burnt wick from the wax.
  8. Pour the hot wax into your candle holders.If you do not have a pan with a spout, use a small ladle. Wear an oven mitt at this point to reduce the risk of being burned from splattering wax.
  9. Place the full candle holders or molds on a flat surface out of the way of foot traffic so the wax can harden evenly.Top off candles as needed as the wax settles.

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    Can essential oils be used for the fragrance?
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    You can use essential oils, but don't add too much or it'll become too scented.
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    Can I use a double boiler?
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    Of course. That would definitely prevent the wax from over-heating and would also allow it to melt more evenly.
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    Can crayons be used as wax?
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    Yes, you can use an upright crayon as a candle if you need to, just light the top. Also, you can melt them and make them into candles.
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    Can I use string as the wick?
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    No; it's very dangerous.
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    How do I safely dispose of used candles?
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    If you don't reuse wax, throw it away. You can scoop it into the garbage with a spoon, or melt or freeze to get wax out more easily. Toss the wicks. Clean glass jars and metal tins can be recycled curbside in most places. St. Vincent de Paul in Oregon also has a great candle-recycling program.
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    If my recycled candles won't burn well, could it be because of the mixture of different waxes?
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    No. Mixing waxes would not cause the candle not to burn well. It might be the wick you are using.
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  • Why does my wick burn up long before wax is halfway gone, even though it was same depth as the jar and wax?
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  • How do I prevent air bubbles from getting formed in glass jars?
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  • If the wax in jars is too hard to get out place them in your oven on warm for a few moments. Do not allow the jar to get too hot or it will explode.
  • Be creative by adding items like seashells, flowers, or plastic figurines to your recycled candles. Craft stores will have a variety of small items you can use. Make sure they can withstand the heat of the wax.
  • Alternate the coloring in your recycled candles by adding one wax color at a time. Allow the wax to get a firm top before adding more wax. Use various colors in each candle to compliment your home décor.





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