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I absolutely love P.F. candles. Whenever I finish burning one, it's always a little pang to my heart. Recently, I've found a way to extend at least part of them. Turns out these little amber jars with lids are the perfect size for my baking ingredients!
Bakings soda, salt, baking powder, and cocoa are all ingredients I use pretty regularly in super small amounts. Hence, they tend to come in smaller packages. Because I like to use my open shelving as my pantry, I need small containers for these things. Voilá! P.F. Candle jars to the rescue!
Here's how I repurpose my candle jars:
1. Place Jar in Freezer
I've found the wax is so much easier to remove after it's been in the freezer overnight. It makes it really hard and less fused to the jar itself. I think it contracts in the cold temperature which pulls it away from the walls of the jar.
2. Remove wax with a butter knife
I usually stab at the wax a bit with the knife after I take it out of the freezer. It typically shatters and falls out of the jar in chunks when I dump it out. (Tip: You can save the wax chunks and melt them down to use in homemade candles. Cord is the expert on this though, so if you're interested, prompt her for a method post on making your own candles!)
3. Use soap and water
Typically, the wick is glued down, so I use a little soap and hot water to dissolve/soften the glue and remove the wick. I scrub the interior to remove the remaining wax, and the exterior to remove the candle label.
4. Label the jars
I love the clean look of the jars without labels, but it's hard for me to tell the difference between baking powder and baking soda, so I labeled the underside of the lids. This means I have to open the white powder jars to see which is which, but I don't mind. You can always make your own labeling method.
Now, when I buy my small package ingredients, I take them home and put them in their respective amber glass jar, and they sit on a platter all together on my pantry shelves. I don't feel bad about splurging a bit on my favorite candles, knowing I'm also buying future pantry storage!