Method 1- Freeze the wax
As simple as it says, but the slower of the two methods.
Place the jar in the freezer, and wait a few days. Eventually the wax will shrink away from the sides of the jar, then you can carefully use a butter knife to scrape it from the sides.
Method 2- Melt the wax in boiling water
This is the way I almost always do this, because I don’t have the patience to wait. And, it makes my kitchen smell amazing.
Now, as a disclaimer, this method requires the use of heat, so please USE CAUTION and DO NOT burn yourself.
Set the jar in a sauce pan with water. Then, turn up the heat to around medium until the water is boiling lightly and the wax on the inside melts enough to pour out the jar, using a pot holder when you pour.
I lay tinfoil over a ceramic bowl to catch the wax when it’s poured out.
For both methods, this will be the next step if you have wax remaining on the sides of the jar.
Run your water in the sink as hot as you can without burning yourself, obviously.
This will loosen up the remaining wax.
Pour out the water and with a paper towel, wipe and buff out the remaining wax.
Repeat this as often as needed until all the wax is gone.
Once the wax is out, you can use the rubbing alcohol to wipe down the inside again until all the glass is crystal clear.
If you find that the wick won’t come off the bottom, you can pour a bit of rubbing alcohol to cover the wick, wait a few days, and it will break down the glue enough to just pop it out.
Now, your jars are ready to be used for your storage and organization needs.
Please use these for non-food items only.