How To Clean Out Your Bath and Body Works Candles

   If your anything like me, the Bath and Body Works candles are my favorite. I especially love it when they have their 2 for 22 sale!! 🙂

They also have cute, reusable jars. Let’s face it, even though they are so worth the price, it’s just a waste to throw the jars away. All you have to do is clean them out and they can be used for storage, candy jars.. It does take some time, so I suggest doing this on a day when you have time.

So at about this point in your candle the wick will have been burned down. Below is the picture of the inside of the candle:
 (Sorry for the poor picture!!) But you can see enough to see that the wick is burned down. At this point it’s time to clean it out use it for something else.
Step 1:
You put your candle in the freezer.
I had my candle in there for anywhere between an hour- 2 hours. This is to allow the candle wax to crack, therefore making it easy to remove the wax.
 You can kind of see the crack in the wax. There are a couple small cracks. If you don’t see any cracks replace the candle back into the freezer and until the wax cracks.
Step 2:
Now it is time to remove the wax from the candle jar. Take a butter knife and start taking the wax pieces out of the jar.
Now once you get the wax out, I put the remaining wax in an air tight sandwhich bag to be used in a wax warmer. No need to throw away perfectly good wax!

Step 3:

Now for what I consider the harder part of this project. To remove the stuck on wax and the three metal wick holders. Those things are glued on and I found it easier for me to just put hot water in the jar and let the wax and the glue soften so that I can remove them.

 Once I poured out the water I remove the remaining wax. and then work on the metal pieces.
I used a tooth pick to remove the glue from around the metal pieces. Then I used the same butter knife and removed the metal pieces from the jar.
Step 4:
Now it’s time to take the stickers off. Now I did this as step three, but it really doesn’t matter in which order you choose to go with. It is the easiest part. I did the bottom first. I ran hot water directly onto the bottom sticker to make it easier to peel off.
After I soaked the sticker, I then just take my finger and scratch the sticker off the bottom.
Now it is time for the front sticker.. I do the same thing as I did with the bottom sticker.

Step 5:

All you have to do is wash your jar and then you get to enjoy your new jar!!!


~ Brandy

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I am a 27 year old dreamer. Married to my husband and best friend Colin. I am mama to three fur-babies and dream of having some babies of my own. I love Coffee and Chai Tea, reading books and watching movies. I love DIY projects and baking. I love sand between my toes and the sound of the ocean. I love clean mountain air and being outdoors. I love my family and looking into their history. I am a follower of Jesus and love serving Him in my local Church. I am a lover of music and love pretty things.

4 thoughts on “How To Clean Out Your Bath and Body Works Candles

  1. I have also had success in placing candle jars upside down on a disposable pie pan in the oven on about 200 degrees. You can leave it until it all melts or just until softened.


  2. Thank you! This was helpful for removing the wicks. I usually float my candles in a hot water bath to use up the last bit, but had trouble with the wick glue. Much appreciated.


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