These objects, which were once used daily as a source of light by literally everyone in the world, had to reinvent themselves with the arrival and massification of electric power. And they did it beautifully.
Nowadays, candles are decorative elements that give a special and personal touch to any space. They are also widely used in religious celebrations and during romantic occasions. The only problem is that candles have a short usage time. After a few hours, you end up with an old, burnt candle with only a little bit of wax remaining.
You might think that it is worthless. But please, don’t throw it in the garbage. Because when the flame goes out for good, it’s time to give your old candle a new life. Here are 8 smart ways to reuse old candles!
1. Make A New Candle
The best and most practical way to reuse candles is by making new ones, and it’s much simpler than you might think. Here’s how you can recycle candles:
- Grab a wick and tie it to a toothpick, a small wire, or anything that can hold it in a vertical position.
- Hang the wick in a container (it could be anything, just keep in mind that the container will shape your new candle).
- Melt the wax from old candles in a saucepan over low heat.
- Pour the melted wax in the container (make sure that the wick stays in a vertical position).
- Let it sit overnight. Aside from saving you some money, this is an excellent way of putting the environmentalist principle of reuse into practice.
Did you know that old candles can be easily transformed into firelighters? It’s true, and it works wonders. Here’s how you can do it:
- Collect leftover wax from a series of old candles and lint from a dryer or other appliance.
- Pick up an egg carton and fill each space with the collected lint. – Melt the candle wax in a saucepan in low heat.
- Pour the melted wax over the lint.
- Let it sit overnight.
- Cut the cups. Now you have a series of great firelighters to lit your fireplace or to start burning the charcoal in the next barbeque with your friends.
You also have a cool story to tell. They will undoubtedly be amazed by your DIY firelighters.
If you love scented candles and you always use them to give a delightful smell to your house and create a personalized atmosphere, don’t throw them when they’re almost completely used. The leftovers from these scented candles can be reused as an air freshener. Here’s how you can do it:
- Cut the remainings of the candle into smaller pieces.
- Put those pieces inside an old sock or a small mesh bag.
- Hang it in the closet, a cabinet, or a drawer (or any other confined space).
The scent of the old candle will quickly fill the inside air, and you will feel it every time you need to open the door (or drawer).
4. Prevent Mold Growth In The Shower Area
Bathroom cleaning is arguably the worst part of a house cleaning routine. It can be pretty difficult, annoying, and time-consuming.
But deep cleaning a bathroom can be a thousand times worse – and it has to be done every once in a while.
The grout between your shower tiles is simultaneously one of the most challenging places to clean and where most dirt and mold accumulates.
Fortunately, you can use old white candles to prevent mold growth in that area. Here’s how you can do it:
- Clean the shower grout as best as you can.
- Grab an old white candle and rub it between the tiles.
Candle fragments will come loose and act as a shield that will protect the grout from molding. This is one of the smartest uses for old candles.
5. Waterproof Ink
White candles can be used to create a waterproof coating to prevent ink from dissipating when it comes in contact with water.
This is a great technique to prevent recipe cards from being damaged by kitchen spills or a postcard from becoming unreadable because of the rainy weather. Here’s how you can do it: – Rub the white candle over the ink That’s it. It couldn’t be easier!
6. Fix Wood Scratches And Dents
It’s annoying when your favorite piece of wooden furniture gets scratched or visibly damaged. Fortunately, there are many creative ways to solve this problem and restore the beauty of the wooden item.
One of them is precisely by reusing white candles. Here’s how you can do it:
- Rub an old candle over the scratch or dent until the wax fragments fill up that space. – Paint the wax with a marker that matches the color of the piece of furniture.
- Try to make it as perfect as you can. No one will probably ever notice that you’ve used wax to fix it!
7. Make A Squeaky Door Silent Again
Do you have a squeaky door in your house that is driving you crazy? Don’t worry. You can quickly fix it with (surprise, surprise) candle wax. Here’s how you can do it: – Remove the pin from the hinges of the door.
- Rub a paraffin candle over the pins.
- Reinstall the pins.
- Open and close the doors repeatedly to evenly spread the wax. Another amazing household use for candles! You’ll feel like a true carpenter.
8. Candle wax art
There are many fun and artsy things you can do with melted candle wax. You can use the colored melted wax to paint, or you can use the wax of a white candle to make secret drawings. Here’s how you can do it:
- Use the wax of a white candle to draw or write anything you want in a white paper sheet. Of course, you won’t be able to see anything.
- Use watercolors to paint.
- The watercolors won’t paint on top of the wax, thus revealing the drawing you have made with the white candle.
This can also be used to write secret messages. If you have kids, these entertaining candles art activities are something that they will certainly love to do. And so will you.