The Cool Thing You Can Do With Old Candles

by Miki Hayes

I'm constantly overstocked on beauty products. That means it's really easy for my vanity and bathroom to become danger zones of clutter and confusion. Of course the best way to prevent these "crime scene, do not cross" types of situations is to have an organizational method in place. Well, that can be easier said than done. First, I'd need to find a system that works for me. Second, I'd need to be able to fund it. And I'm sorry, but way too many organizational aids these days are overpriced. I mean, where was I when someone decided that $200 acrylic drawers were marketable as "affordable for women of all ages?" I guess it costs to be clean...

But putting my used candle jars to work has been keeping me (and my wallet) pacified and my mess (almost) nonexistent. Plus, it feels pretty rewarding to recycle old products toward a better purpose. Of course, there are different shapes and sizes to play with to optimize organization. I personally like the candles from Bath & Body Works. They're easier to find on sale and there are four different kinds. And all you have to do to get a cute space to store your makeup brushes, eyeliners, cotton rounds, hair ties, or really anything your heart desires, is clean out the jars from candles you've finished using. Here's how:

1. Freeze Them

Begin by freezing your candles for at least 24 hours. If you don't want your freezer to smell like the candle wax, seal them with lids or cellophane wrapping.

2. Break Up The Wax

After removing your candles from the freezer, peel off any stickers you don't want, and use a butter knife to break up the wax.

3. Pop Out The Pieces

The wax should easily pop out in pieces. Don't worry if the wick doesn't come out during this step, you can remove it later.

4. Soak 'Em

Give your jars a soak in some soapy, warm water. Let them sit for about 10 to 20 minutes, or until you can slide the wicks off the bottom. (The warm water will also help break down any residue left from the stickers on the jars.)

5. Scrub 'Em

Don't forget to clean your jars. I like to use an old toothbrush and some hand soap. If there is still residue from the stickers or wick-glue, try applying rubbing alcohol or vinegar before cleaning.

6. Fill Them With Everything

Then, fill 'em up!

Oh so Pinterest.

Images: Stephen Coles/Flickr; Miki Hayes (7)