The quickest solution is to use a heat gun if you have one around your home but if you find yourself without that option at hand, we've also selected 3 other methods that we've found just as effective.

Method 1: Using the Oven

This method works very well if you have several jars to clean at once.
  1. Preheat the oven to 180° F
  2. Scrape out as much of the excess wax as you can with a butter knife or spoon.
  3. Line a rimmed baking pan with a layer of aluminum foil or parchment paper.
  4. Place the candle jars upside down on the baking pan then put the pan in the oven for approximately 15 minutes.
  5. Remove the baking pan and place on a heat-safe surface.
  6. Hold the container using a towel or pot holder and wipe the inside with a paper towel. * WARNING: Candle jars will be hot!
  7. Let the jar(s) cool, then clean with dish soap and warm water.


Method 2: Microwave

This method works well if you have 1-3 candle jars to clean at once.

  1. Use a knife or spoon to pry or scrape the excess wax from your candle jar.
  2. When the jar is relatively clean, place the jar in the microwave for approximately 20 seconds.
  3. Wipe away any melted wax with a paper towel.
  4. Clean with dish soap and warm water.


Method 3: Freezer

This method works well on single jars needing to be cleaned. Freeze multiple jars at once if you have a large freezer on-hand to use.
Frozen wax becomes brittle and easy to remove from a candle jar.

  1. Place the jar(s) in the freezer and wait several hours.
  2. Once the candle wax is frozen, use a knife to to pry it and any excess bits of wax from the jar.
  3. Wipe the jar with a paper towel to clean out remaining debris.


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