One of the most frequently asked questions we hear at 1502 Candle Co. is how to clean out your candle. We take special care to use vessels that are as aesthetically pleasing as our fragrances are delightful (like our apothecary jars), so we’re happy to answer this one!
Cleaning Tips 101
Once your candle no longer remains lit, you know it’s time to repurpose or recycle it. We like to use this simple double boil method:
1) Fill a pot partway full of water. Keep the water line below the top of the jar.
2) Turn the stove to medium-low heat. Gently, gradually apply heat so that you don’t break the glass.
3) Heat until the wax is completely melted.
4) Pour in the trash, NOT the sink (unless you enjoy unclogging drains, of course).
5) Remove wick tabs. The tip of a knife works well to loosen them.
6) Remove labels and recycle.
7) Clean out the jar with hot soapy water.
And that’s it! Check out this helpful video on our Instagram page for step-by-step visual instructions.
How Do We Promote Mindful Shopping?
Sustainable practices and products have been primary drivers at 1502 Candle Co. from day one.
Reduce Your Consumption
Firstly, we use only high-quality materials that not only help you get the most for your money, but allow you to purchase candles and other items less frequently. For instance, did you know that our soy wax burns at a much slower rate than other waxes, like paraffin?
We’ve seen our jars and tins used for everything from nurturing baby succulents and houseplant cuttings to jewelry containers.
Reuse Your Purchases
We hope you find these cleaning tips helpful in order to put your containers back to work. Play around with utilitarian uses (everyone needs somewhere to corral paper clips or bag ties–a perfect job for our travel tins) or ways to beautify your space, like creating a unique bookend by weighting your apothecary jar with shells or pretty stones.
Benefit from Our Local Refill Program
Keep in mind that our local San Diego customers can also participate in our refill program to promote even greener shopping habits and benefit from cost savings.
The pricing is $5 to start + $1 per ounce, so a 15 oz. jar would cost $20 to refill. All fragrances are available for this special offer (excluding some limited editions, based on availability).
Don’t Forget to Recycle
We are currently working on a recycling program for our national customers. But until then, we encourage you to recycle all the containers you can according to your local facility’s guidelines.
How Do You Repurpose Your Containers?
We’ve seen our jars and tins used for everything from nurturing baby succulents and houseplant cuttings to jewelry containers. What do you plan on doing with your candle’s container? We’d love to hear fresh tips and ideas.
Reach out to 1502 Candle Co. online and as always, let us know if you have any questions about our line of products or fabrication techniques.