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How to Burn A Candle

Veronica Arrieta1 Comment
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Candles are a great addition to any room, while making your house smell great!  It wasn't until a few years ago that I really started to appreciated candles - when I was younger I was that girl putting my fingers in the candle wax trying to make wax fingers, but now I actually appreciate candles and their purpose. 

I've learned a few tricks along the way (and no it doesn't involve making wax fingers!) that will help you get the most of your candle.

  • When burning a candle for the first time, you need to burn it for at least an hour. That's how long it usually takes to melt all the way to the edges. If you don't let it melt all the way to the edges, then you'll have a forever sunken hole in your candle - you know exactly what I'm talking about! 
  • Don't burn a candle for more than three to four hours at a time. This will allow you to extend the lifetime of your candle. Before burning again, make sure you let your candle cool completely and then trim the wick before you put another flame to it.  
  • If you're toward the end of your candle wax and you want to repurpose your candle for a little DIY project, burn the candle until all the wax is fully melted then pour the wax out or pour boiling water into the cooled candle and let sit for about 5 minutes then use a butter knife to get the wax to pop out.
  • A candle warmer is your friend! I always wondered how my house growing up always smelled so lovely. When I got my first place out of college my mom got me a candle warmer - brilliant!!  Whenever I get a candle and the wick breaks or I'm just so in love with the smell that I want my house to always smell like it, I put the candle on my candle warmer. Caution: it does get very hot. I usually leave it plugged in 24/7 until the candle no longer gives out a scent, usually about 1-2 months, depending on the size and quality of the candle. 

Have discovered any other tricks when burning candles?