Recycle Candles & Save $$$

Recycle Candles & Save $$$

Why haven’t I been doing this all along???  Such a CRAZY GOOD CREATION!!!  Make new candles from the leftover portions of old ones…super simple, fun and your house will smell amazing while you are doing it!!!  Wanna know how?  Read on~

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  • You will need to purchase new wicks before you start this project.  I purchased mine from Hobby Lobby for about $2.00 (5 wicks).
  • You will also need one clean jar to put your ‘new’ candle in.  I used one from a previous candle.  A damp cloth with some baking soda on it will clean all of the black soot/junk from the jar in a jiffy.
  • Once you have your wicks and a clean jar, put water in a pot (I put my steamer in the pot so my jar would not sit on the very bottom and chance bursting) and bring to a boil.  Turn heat down to low.
  • Gather all of the candles you want to melt down while you are waiting for your water to boil…
  • Put the first ‘spent’ candle into the hot water bath.  It will take about 5 minutes to melt all of the left over wax completely. So…
  • While you are waiting for the wax to melt prepare your new jar by putting the new wick in it.  In the photo I have already added a layer from an old melted candle but notice how I wrapped the top of the wick around something flat so that it would remain in the center of the jar and in place as you add your new layers.IMG_3059
  • Once the wax has melted in the jar that is in the water bath take out the old metal part from the previous wick and any other large particles (burned wick, etc) .
  • Carefully lift the jar from the hot water bath and pour slowly into the new jar (see photo above).  Let harden completely before adding the next layer.
  • Now you add another ‘old’ candle to the hot water bath and just keep repeating the process.  I go about my business while this process is underway so it isn’t like I am sitting there waiting for the wax to melt and, did I mention, I LOVE the way my house smells as I am making these ‘new’ candles.

IMG_3063 - Version 3I especially like the fact that I have a $28.00 candle for about .40, I have recycled glass and wax and can enjoy different scents from one jar.  This is the one I am making today~IMG_3064 - Version 2  Ok, OK….I cannot tell a lie…I did, in fact, layer my candle with Christmas/holiday scents on top, then spring and finally summer scents on the bottom…yep, I am weird like that!  And those of you who live near by who have no interest in doing this but have jars of old candles lying around – uh, bring them to me so I can recycle them!!!  If you do decide to try this send me some pictures.  I would love to see your new ‘old’ candles.

And that is all I have to say about that~

 

Black Pepper Stops Bleeding!

Black Pepper Stops Bleeding!

Something important to remember...

Black pepper stops bleeding!  And yes, we have tried it and know that it works.

I put it to the test on Christmas Eve when I cut through a vein on my hand while washing my Chef’s knife.  Though we had trouble initially finding the container of black pepper (yes, my family panicked because nothing ever happens to Momma…ya know?) it did work! Imagine this:  While my daughter was running around the kitchen trying to find the container of pepper I had incorrectly described in my delirium,  my son grabbed the pepper grinder and was grinding out peppercorns like a madman on my hand…bless my babies!!!!  It is funny now – not so much at the time.

And you know I had to research it but there is very little scientific information out there indicating why it works.  I did find one excerpt indicating it had some antibacterial properties and that the small bits may provide places for platelets to glob onto and quickly begin to coagulate.

Surprisingly enough, it did not burn though you would think it would.  Because it formed a thick crust over the cut it kept bacteria out of the wound AND on my cut, which was very deep, there was very little scarring. Though I was told repeatedly I needed to go get stitches, I insisted that the pepper would do the trick and it did!  Yea me!!!!  Of course, you gotta know that I also put my Gold Virgin coconut oil and colloidal silver on it during the days/weeks that followed.

So…if you are an active person it would be a good idea to keep some of those small packets from restaurants with you when you are mountain biking, rock climbing and/or being your active self; otherwise, keep a large container of it on hand in your kitchen for emergency situations.

Yep, that is your tip for the day!  You’re welcome!!!

 

Nifty Garden Labels

Nifty Garden Labels

Just a quick word to tell you about the nifty garden labels I use…

Yes, that is in fact, a cork!  Just write on it with a permanent marker, insert a wooden skewer and viola~  You have a recycled, durable, nonfading plant label!!!  You’re welcome 🙂