Here's How You Should Be Reusing Old Candle Jars In The Kitchen

Scented jar candles can be some of the most beautiful ways to light and scent our homes. Available in all sizes and aesthetics, they are just as much a decor element as a utilitarian one. However, if you like to use them on a regular basis, you may find yourself wondering what to do with all those jars once the candle has burned its way to the end. A solution may be no further than your kitchen, where these convenient jars can be put to good use storing all sorts of kitchen essentials – like flour, sugar, coffee, and spices.

These glass jars are meant to keep the candle enclosed and fresh smelling, so once cleaned out thoroughly, they make perfect storage for food items. They are also often pretty and decorative, making them a fun alternative to basic mason jars. Re-using these jars as storage containers is a great eco-friendly way to keep them out of landfills.  

Emptying and cleaning candle jars

When your candle has reached the end of its life, there are several ways to remove leftover wax from the bottom before repurposing the jar. Use boiling water in the jar to soften the wax, which should float to the top. Or, freeze the candle for several hours, which will cause the wax to contract and come loose easily as a large chunk. You can also use a heat gun or blow dryer to soften the wax and remove it. A ball of aluminum foil can help to dislodge any remaining wax or film.

To thoroughly clean the jar, soak it in warm water and soap overnight, washing with a sponge or rag to remove any remaining wax film or soot from the jar. Soaking will also help remove any sticky labels on the exterior of the jar. For more tenacious stickers, try using some Goo Gone on the glass, and allow it to dry completely before filling. 

Ways to use upcycled candle jars in the kitchen

Candle jars of all sizes are perfect for storing goods in the kitchen. Use larger jars for flour, sugar, legumes, and coffee, while the smaller jars from scented candles make a perfect container for storing spices. Stack them together on a cupboard or shelf for pretty tableaux or, for a cute spice rack idea, add small magnets to the back of the jars and store them on the fridge. Travel candle tins also make great containers for spices.  

If the jars have twist-on air-tight lids, they can be used as great containers for meal prepping and leftovers. If they do not have lids, you can use upcycled candle jars as a pretty and eclectic set of barware or glassware in a variety of shapes and colors. Upcycled candle jars also make pretty containers for growing a window herb garden or small plants like aloe and bean sprouts.