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Making use of leftover candle wax

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Hi Reena,

I was wondering if you have any suggestions on what to do with the leftover candle wax once the wick has burned all the way down. I buy a lot of jar candles, pillar candles and mini candles as I enjoy using them. However, I always find that there is so much wax left over once the wick has burned up and feel it’s such a waste to throw it out. That being said, I also have a lot of glass jars from these used-up candles. What else can I do with the glass jars, as they come in all sorts of neat shapes and sizes?

- Steph

Dear Steph,

Since your candles already carry a scent, there are additional ways to get every penny’s worth from the leftover wax. Melt the wax and dip pine cones into the wax (add additional fragrance and sparkles to decorate for upcoming holidays) let wax harden. Wrap pine cones in cellophane and give them out as hostess gifts.

Wax-coated pine cones make great fire starters and table decorations for Christmas. Or, melt wax and pour into silicone muffin tins, allow the wax to harden, pop wax out of the muffin tins and toss them into sandwich bags. Seal bags and make a few holes in the bags.

Put homemade wax fresheners into unused suitcases, drawers and bathrooms to freshen the room. Many people own candle warmers, use your old candles to create your own wax cubes in these devices to save yourself lots of money.

Before using the jar, pour hot water inside to melt leftover wax. Clean the jar. Use jar for storing silver jewelry (add a piece of chalk to prevent tarnish). Store loose coins, first aid kit, pen holder, vase, button holder or put small gifts in jars and wrap with paper.

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Dear Reena,

How many teaspoons are there in a stick of butter?

- Landon

Dear Landon,

There are 24 teaspoons in a stick of butter.

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