removing leftover wax from your handmade candle holders

Wax On, Wax Off: Removing Leftover Wax from Your Handmade Candle Holders

In the world of cozy and ambient lighting, candles reign supreme. But what happens when the flame flickers its last light? 

a candle is burning a bright flame in a dark area
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Let's dive into the nitty-gritty of wax removal – a task that's both an art  and a science, and 100% a test of your patience.

Removing Leftover Wax from Your Eco-Friendly Candle Holder

Step 1: The Big Chill


a green candle holder is set in the freezer to chill


First things first, let’s cool things down. Pop your candle holder into the freezer and give it a good chill. Think of it as a spa day for your candle holder, minus the cucumber slices. After a few frosty hours, the wax will contract faster than a cat in a bathtub, making it easier to remove.

Step 2: The Great Escape

Once your candle holder has had its chill pill, it’s time for some gentle persuasion. Tap, wiggle, or sweet-talk the wax out of the holder. If it’s being stubborn, remind it that there’s a world of possibilities waiting outside.

 Most of the wax should pop out, if not, move on to step 3.

Step 3: Warm and Cozy Candle Holder


a green candle holder is held under a running faucet


For the wax left in your candle holder that’s decided it’s not leaving without a fight, a warm water bath is your next move. Submerge your holder in hot water, making sure not to drown it. This step is like a cozy bath that softens the wax, making it realize that maybe, just maybe, it’s time to move on.

Step 4: The Gentle Persuasion


a lot of wax remnants are pushed out of the candle holder with a plastic knife


Now, for the remnants clinging on for dear life, it’s time to bring out the big guns – a plastic tool or a soft wooden spatula. Gently scrape away the wax, showing it who’s boss without turning into a tyrant.

 Remember, we’re all about that eco-friendly life, so no harsh moves here. 

If you’re still having trouble removing all of the wax, a little heat from a hairdryer or heat gun blown evenly over the remaining wax should melt it down to a liquid, allowing you to wipe it down clean. Next, you’ll take a dash of isopropyl alcohol to wipe it down once more. 

Voila! Your cute lil’ candle holder is now wax free.

Step 5: Wick Tab, Be Gone!


a heat gun is used to remove the leftover wax from the candle holder


Ah, the wick tab – the final frontier. A hairdryer or heat gun should soften its adhesive, allowing you to lift it away with tweezers. It’s like convincing that one friend who overstays their welcome that it’s time to head home. 

Spread the direction of the blowing hot air evenly, never staying in one spot for too long as this could cause a fire hazard. Do this for a good 2-3 minutes and then try lifting the metal tab with your tweezers.

If the adhesive has left unsightly white spots or goo, Goo Gone is your best friend in this scenario if you happen to have some on hand. If not, you can get a small bottle on Amazon relatively inexpensively. 

Please never start whacking at the remnants of the wick tab adhesive as this could damage the bottom of the candle holder.


Step 6: Sparkling Clean


the candle holder is wiped down with a blue shop towel


Finally, wash your holder with mild soap and warm water with a cellulose sponge, never use a hard scrubbing sponge. 

For Jesmonite holders, avoid harsh chemicals as they can damage the material. Don’t worry about getting your piece wet, as they have been sealed and waterproofed with a durable natural sealant. Just don’t submerge them in water for long periods of time unless you’re reusing the inside as a vase for fresh flowers.

 Dry thoroughly with a dish towel. Try to use as few regular paper towels as possible – if you absolutely have to use disposable paper towels, opt for a recycled and/or biodegradable option. 


Step 7: Second Life

Just like that, you’re done! Your candle holder is now ready for its next chapter, whether that’s holding another candle, storing your precious trinkets, or becoming the chicest pencil holder on your desk. The possibilities are endless really, and we’d love to see what way to reuse your holder that you come up with. 

Snap a pic of your candle in its second life and tag us on the ‘gram so we can see and share it, too!

Sustainability Squared

a chic colorful pencil holder holding many colorful gel pens


By reusing your atmosphaera candle holders, you’re not just practicing sustainability; you’re living it. These holders, crafted from gypsum – a natural mineral stone, or made from recycled glass, are a testament to eco-friendliness.

Reusing them? Well, that’s like sustainability with a cherry on top.

We're genuinely grateful for your commitment to sustainability and your efforts to protect our planet from unnecessary waste, as well as preserving our precious candle holders from ending up in a landfill. If you really must part ways with your candle holder after its last burn dwindles away, please do us a small favor and recycle it.

atmosphaera Candle Holders

a beautifully colorful candle holder in purple and dark blue marbling


As it is a natural organic mineral stone, it is entirely recyclable. With our glass holders, they are already recycled – and they can be recycled again and again.

So next time you’re about to bid farewell to your beloved candle, remember that its vessel awaits a new purpose and you can help it find its second life with just a little elbow grease.

And if you haven’t yet experienced the joy of an atmosphaera candle, what are you waiting for? Dive into our collection of handcrafted, eco-friendly candle vessels that promise not just a mesmerizing fragrance but a keepsake to cherish and repurpose in your sustainability journey.

Wax on, wax off.

The cycle of sustainability continues, one chic, repurposed candle holder at a time. Check back soon or subscribe to our email list for more blog updates, every whenever.

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