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How to reuse a candle: Facebook blown away by woman’s simple hack


Thrifty mother reveals the VERY simple hack that allows you to reuse expensive candles – and all you need is hot water

  • Sara Jones Hough, British mum-of-two, shared hack to reuse expensive candles
  • She melted the wax in her Yankee candle by adding hot water so it separated 
  • Said it allowed her to use the remaining wax as a melt, instead of throwing away 
  • Users were impressed with the hack, with many saying they’d try it themselves 

By Claire Toureille For Mailonline

Published: 09:23 BST, 12 September 2019 | Updated: 09:27 BST, 12 September 2019

A mother-of-two has gone viral with a simple hack which lets you reuse expensive candles. 

Sara Jones Hough, from West Yorkshire, revealed how she heats up her candles in order to retrieve the wax at the bottom of the jar – that would otherwise go to waste. 

Sara explained she was looking for a way to get the most out of her Yankee candle, and decided to use hot water to melt the wax, enabling her to separate it from the jar and reuse it with a new wick. 

Sara shared her findings on the Extreme Couponing and Bargains UK group Facebook group, and was overwhelmed by replies from impressed members.   

Sara Jones Hough, a UK mother-of-two, shared a simple and effective hack to save up on candle wax and reuse expensive candles

By pouring hot water in the candle jar, Sara was able to save up a block of wax as thick as the diameter of a 10p coin (pictured) 

People on Facebook were impressed with the trick and thanked Sara for sharing it with them, saying they would have never thought of it 

‘Little life hack I’m amazed,’ Sarah wrote in the post, which was liked more than 3,000 times and gathered 693 comments. 

‘Wick had gone on my Yankee candle so I poured hot water into the jar, all the wax goes to the top and once it sets remove and now it can be used in my wax burner. got loads out of it (sic),’ she explained. 

She later added in a subsequent comment: ‘I can’t believe how many I’ve thrown over the years.’

The trick allows for the wax to melt and detach from the jar’s glass wall so that it can be retrieved more easily. 

Sara explained she was sad to throw her candles away as soon as the wick would run out and found the trick 

Many people said the simple trick was well thought of and said they would be trying it themselves 

Sara was able to save a block as think as the diameter of a 10p coin. 

Members of the group were impressed with the hack and thanked Sara for sharing it. 

‘Great tip would never have thought of that,’ one wrote. 

‘Will have to try this one I always end up getting rid of them,’ another said. 

A picture of the jar Sara filled with water, with the wax reaching the top of the candle jar and the water staying in the bottom 

Some people who knew of the trick already agreed it was a game changer and swore it worked a charm 

‘Wow I normally scrap it out. but this is A better way I’d say,’ another wrote.  

‘Wow thank you for sharing, I usually get loads of wax at the side stuck to the glass. It would be enough to make some wax melts out of’, one added.

‘I did this to three of mine at weekend. Got loads of wax out,’ another pointed out.  

‘I’ve been doing this for years too and do it with all my jars so I can reuse them. Gotta LOVE a good hack,’ one said. 

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