Sometimes it feels like keeping an organized bathroom is an uphill battle—especially if you own a lot of makeup and haircare products! Luckily, we’ve got an effective tip for you that will help you keep your smaller items in their rightful places! Our favorite gal, Kathryn from Do It On a Dime shows us how.

Our host kicks off her video by explaining that, though it may be tempting to go out and buy expensive glass bathroom organizers, it’s really unnecessary because you can make them yourself! In fact, it’s highly likely that you won’t need to buy any materials for this DIY!

The main item that you will need to complete this is a candle jar. Just grab one that has a wick that’s been burned down to the bottom of the container. Of course there will be some excess wax at the base, but don’t worry about that, Kathryn’s got a great way of removing it.

So, to get started on this simple project, first gather together your necessary materials.


  • Candle jar (Any size will do!)
  • Screwdriver
  • Dish soap
  • De-greasing dish soap
  • White vinegar
  • Paper towels
  • Work gloves
  1. Freeze it up!

    To help facilitate in the removing of all of the crusty, gooey candle wax, stick your jar in the freezer overnight. The cold temperatures will bring the wax to a firmer state, making it much easier to remove from the jar in the next step!

  2. Extract that wax!

    Remove your candle jar from the freezer and set on a craft table. If you don’t have one of those, then we suggest completing this outside or on a covered table—this is going to get messy!

    Also, the jar is going to be super chilly, so you may want to grab some work gloves to get a stable grip on it.

    Using your screwdriver, firmly dig into the wax at the bottom of the jar. You will find that it should easily break apart, but, as our host mentions in the video, be sure to watch your face. This sticky stuff tends to go flying!

  3. Remove the excess!

    Now, as you’ve probably already surmised, you won’t be able to take out all of the wax by just using the screwdriver method. The best way to do this is by sticking the glass under warm, running water and letting it soak for a bit.

    While you’re at it, this is also a great time to remove any outer labels that may be stuck on the candle jar.

Once all of the visible wax is removed, it’s time to focus on getting rid of that oily residue. Kathryn’s got some seriously smart techniques on how to best end up with a smooth, streak-free bathroom beauty jar. And, best of all, it should only take you a couple of more minutes to finish up.

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To learn how to complete this last step using DoItOnaDime’s signature soap and vinegar method, be sure to click on the video below. This is such a great way to upcycle those used candles!

What do you think of our host’s DIY bathroom jar? What do you do with your used candles? What do you plan on storing in your new bathroom organizing jar? Tell us all about your thoughts and experiences in the comments section below!