Growing up and well into my late 20’s, I always picked Summer as my favorite season, but as I get older, I’m finding myself Falling in Love with Fall!♥ The only thing better than the crisp air, comfort food, pumpkin carving and apple cider, are all the scents that go along with them!!
This past Sunday was the perfect day for me to jump-start the Autumn season…cool crisp breezes coming through the windows, my own version of Sunday Sauce on the stove, Football on the TV and candles lit throughout the house. I LOVE CANDLES – probably as much as my husband loves football!! They make the house cozier and who doesn’t love a cozy home?!
Over the years, I’ve learned a few candle burning and clean up tips that have come in quite handy. Now that I have a place to share my messy tips and tricks, I am psyched to pass along what I know.
You get what you pay for – I like to spend a few extra dollars on more natural ingredients, you’ll notice a big difference in the soot and residue that is left behind from some of the cheaper waxes. My personal favorites are soy candles; I’ve even found a few that the wax doubles as a great massage oil…giggity, giggity 🙂
The First Burn is Crucial! – It is super important to allow your candle to burn long enough during it’s first burn to melt the wax all the way out to the edge of the container. This could take anywhere from 1 to 2 hours. The wax pool at first burn will pretty much determine the wax pool for the life of the candle. If the candle burns with a tunneled effect, you can gently press the wax around the edge of the tunnel towards the center of the candle. Some people like the tunneling effect and the glow that comes with it, but if you’re paying for good quality candles, you want to get as much as you can out of them.
Trim your Wick – Most candle companies recommend the wick be trimmed to about ¼” to prevent black smoke and to help prolong the life of your candle. Be sure to remove any little wax hills that may form around the wick before trimming or you’ll end up with a way too long wick! A shorter wick means a smaller flame, which is not only safer, it will help keep your wick from curling back into the wax. If you see smoke coming from the wick, simply blow it out and trim the wick a little.
Burn Responsibly – Never let a candle burn more than 4-5 hours. Use a candle snuffer to prevent wax splatter when extinguishing…or just blow it out gently enough not to cause a splatter. Never touch or move a candle or it’s container until it is completely cooled!
Discontinue burning once there is less than half an inch of wax left in a container candle. You can always use a candle warmer to safely get the most out of your candle.
Clean Up & Re-Use – Cleaning out wax to reuse candle containers is super easy! Simply place the container in the freezer overnight and VOILA! Wax should wipe right out the next day. Any remnants left behind can be hand-washed with hot soapy water. I’ve used the dishwasher for some of my glass containers, but there is a risk of messing up any decoration or adornments that may be on the outside.
Hand Wash Only unless you are absolutely sure it is dishwasher safe!
If you spill wax on carpet or other fabric, all you need is an iron and some paper towels. Set your iron to medium heat and place paper towels over the wax spill. Once iron is heated, press down on the paper towels to absorb the wax, switching out the paper towels for clean ones as needed. Use your regular carpet cleaner to remove any dyes that may be left behind.
I hope you find some of the tricks useful. If you have one we haven’t heard of yet,
we’d love to hear from you – comment section below 🙂