Cleaning Reusable Candle Holders
Our commitment to sustainability at Serenibee Candle means we are always looking for ways to reduce out impact on the environment by reusing and recycling materials whenever possible. That's why we made a decision from the get-go that our tea lights would never be available in aluminum or polycarbonate tea light cups that typically end up in landfills after a single use.
We know that the idea of cleaning our glass or steel tea light holders in order to reuse them doesn't appeal to everyone when compared to a simple "burn and toss" scenario, but in reality it's a simple process we feel it's totally worth the minimal effort.
To make removing wax easier once your candle is done burning, it's a great idea to use a thin layer of oil inside your candle holder before you light the candle for the first time. Coconut oil or cooking spray is a good option to make removing excess wax a breeze. Or you can try putting a little water in the bottom (although this would only work with our glass holders, not the metal ones. If you still need a little help or you didn't line your tea light holders before burning your candles, read on for some simple tips...
The "Freeze and Chip" Method:
This one works best when you have a decent glob of wax left in the bottom of your tealight holder. Simply pop the vessel in the freezer for 20 or 30 minutes (or however long it takes before you remember to retrieve it). When you take it out the wax will have shrunk and pulled away from the edges. You can now take a butter knife or a spoon and easily chip out the remaining wax. Then, you can put it in an envelope that you can continue adding to until you send it back to us for credit toward your next order! More details on our wax recycling program coming soon...
"Heat the Holder" Method.
For the glass holders simply microwave until wax liquifies, then wipe clean with a paper towel. For the metal holders, grab it with a pair of needle-nose pliers (or whatever you have) and hold on a burner or over a candle flame until wax melts. While it's still melted wipe clean with a paper towel. Just be careful not to burn your fingers!! With practice you will be an expert.
**NOTE: Metal holders have an edge that can be sharp so be careful not to cut yourself while wiping them out with the paper towel.