Tips to Make Candles Last Longer

The amber glow of those flickering candles doesn't come cheap. To get the most of the big bucks you're spending on candles, give these quick tips a try at home.

The amber glow of those flickering candles doesn’t come cheap. To get the most of the big bucks you’re spending on candles, give these quick tips a try at home. Always follow the safety advice. They also bring fire into your home. So treat them carefully.

How can I make my candles last longer?

First things first, put the candle in the freezer. Yes, the freezer. Sprinkle salt into the liquid wax of the candle. After letting the candle burn long enough for a pool of wax to collect around the wick, go ahead and blow out the flame. The first time you light it, let the candle burn a sufficiently long time. Finally, remember not to leave the candle near a door or window or in any similarly drafty spot; not only is such a location unsafe, but it can also result in uneven burning. Source: bobvila.com

Do candle warmers make candles last longer?

Overall, wax melts in candle warmers are going to last longer than your traditional candle, as each little bar of wax will have a pretty long burn time. Burning candles or using candle warmers is a great way to get a good scent going into your home. When your home smells good, it feels more like, well… a home. However, there are two ways to do this–burning candles the old-fashioned way or melting the wax in candle warmers.

How do you preserve scented candles?

To ensure that your candle burns for longer, be sure to keep the candle out of direct sunlight. Sunlight makes the candle burn hotter, therefore faster. It can also fade the color of the wax over time. Additionally, keeping your candle away from other burning candles can also help to preserve the life-span.

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Should you pour wax out of a candle?

No, wax will melt as the candle burns. This melted pool of wax is normal, and it is actually responsible for sustaining the flame and for fragrancing. Never pour off this melted wax unless the flame is very low, and you wish to enlarge it. If wax is poured out, always extinguish the candle before pouring.

Should you keep the lid on a candle?

Candle jars usually come with a lid, which can be used when it’s time to extinguish the flame. Simply blow out the candle gently and then cover immediately with the lid to prevent dust and dirt from getting on the wax and wick. It also helps trap the smoke. There’s nothing worse than blowing out your candle before you go to sleep to find that your entire room suddenly smells like smoke.

How do you get old candle wax out of a jar?

Pour boiling water into the container, leaving room at the top. (If your candle is made of a soft wax, such as soy wax, you can use hot water that’s not boiling.) The boiling water will melt the wax and it will float to the top. Let the water cool and remove the wax. Use the Oven. This method works well if you have several containers to clean at once. Scrape out as much wax as you can with a butter knife or spoon. Heat the oven to 180 degrees and line a rimmed baking pan with tinfoil or one or two layers of parchment paper. Place the candles upside down on the pan and set the pan in the oven. The wax will melt in about 15 minutes. Collect and store the wax. Once you have about 2 kg of it you can start making your own candles. In Susan’s article: “How to start a candle making business?” you will find more detailed information on that topic.

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