Getting The Most From Your Candles
Get The Most From Your Candles by Sharon Jacobsen
I love burning candles and have them all around the house. Long
ones, short ones, fat ones, thin ones, in a plethora of colours.
I burn them in the evening when I'm relaxing; I burn them at
mealtimes; and I burn them in the bathroom when I'm pampering
myself. Any excuse to light a candle really.
But candles don't always fit the holder, and sometimes they burn
down too far and the wax gets stuck! It's at times like this
that candles aren't quite as much fun!
Here are some candle burning tips I've picked up through the
1.Cold candles will burn more slowly. Wrap them in foil or
cling-film to prevent the wicks from absorbing moisture then pop
them in the fridge for an hour.
2.When burning pillar candles, let them burn long enough each
time to create a pool of wax that almost covers the diameter of
the candle. This will ensure that the candle burns evenly each
time you light it. If it doesn't create a large enough pool
you'll end up with a tunnel through the candle and eventually it
will either melt through one side or you'll simply not be able
to get down far enough to light it. And even if you did, it
would give off very little light.
3.Never stand a lit candle in a wind draught as they'll create a
larger, more irregular flame and your candle will burn unevenly.
4.Never expose candles to sunlight or indoor spotlights. They
will fade the colour and if left for too long, the candles will
5.If your candle is too narrow to fit snugly into the holder,
wrap cooking foil or tissue paper around the bottom of the
candle to make the base thicker. Don't worry, the tissue paper
won't burn even if you do allow the candle to burn right down
into the holder as the melted wax will soak the paper. Having
said that, it's never a good idea to allow candles to burn right
down; they should be extinguished when they're about 2 inches
over the holder.
6.If you've allowed the candle to burn right down and the wax is
stuck in the holder, put the holder into the freezer for a
couple of hours and the wax should be considerably easier to dig
7.If you like votive candles, try buying the type that have
metal cases as these are easier to remove from holders after
use. If you only have the uncovered type, pour some water into
the holder before lighting the candle. Once extinguished and the
wax hardened, it should be easier to pop it out of the container.
8.Spilled wax should always be allowed to solidify before being
removed. Once hard, cover the area with brown paper and gently
press with a warm iron. The wax will be absorbed into the paper.
9.Extinguish candles by pushing the wick into the liquid wax
(don't use your fingers