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How do I remove candle wax from a glass container?

Do you have a glass jar or candle holder that has wax in the bottom? There are two ways to remove the wax so you can use your containers again.

Method 1. Place your container in the freezer for at least 30 minutes. Carefully take a small spatula or butter knife and insert it between the wax and the side of the glass. Apply pressure and the wax should pop out of the container. If the wax does not pop out, try loosening the wax all the way around the container. You can also cut the spatula or knife into the wax to cut out a piece and then you should be able to pry the rest out.

Method 2. This method requires more time and care. Heat your oven to 200 degrees. Place your container on the oven rack until all of the wax in the glass container is melted. VERY CAREFULLY using oven mitts or potholders, take the container out of the oven and sit it on a heat safe surface. Set a plastic disposable drinking cup next to the jar. With the oven mitt or potholder, carefully lift the container and pour the hot wax into the plastic cup. Using a paper towel, wipe all of the remaining wax out of the jar.

Your containers should now be ready for reuse.

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How To Light Floating Candles

Floating candles make lovely centerpieces for a dinner party, a welcoming display on a bathroom counter or romantic lights for a pool, pond or bathtub. You can use floating candles anywhere you can find water to float them in. In order to enjoy the effect of floating candles you must first learn how to light the candles, which seems tricky because they are surrounded by water, but is actually very simple.

1. Gently place the floating candles in the body of water you want to float them in.

2. Touch the flame of the candle lighter to the wick of each candle one at a time.

If a floating candle gets wet and the flame goes out, try to relight the candle. Candle wicks are covered in wax, and therefore should relight even if damp as they don't absorb much if any water. If the candle won't relight, however, heat the wick with the candle lighter to dry the wick, then it should relight.