How To Burn Your Candle For Longer
Rarely a day passes without an article explaining how you’ve been doing a task wrong all your life, and now it’s the turn of candles.
According to OK Magazine, Brits are wasteful when it comes to burning their candles, but there is a trick to make them last longer by making the wax burn evenly.
We all know the frustration when the outer edges of the candle don’t want to melt, which generally results in a spluttering flame and wasted wax, a problem known as ‘tunnelling’.
Founder of Ava May Aromas, Hannah Chapman explained: “The majority of us own candles, but actually a lot of people don't know how to burn them correctly and the first burn is so important to maximise how long your candle will last and how well it will burn.”
She explained that if you don’t melt the entire top level of wax first, then next time you light your candle, it will only melt as far as it did the first time you lit it, causing it to tunnel for the rest of its life.
To prevent this, she continued, you need to let your candles burn for an hour for every inch in diameter until the entire diameter of wax is melted. For example, if your candle is three inches across, you need to burn it for three hours on its initial lighting.
However, if your candle has already starred tunnelling, there’s a way to rescue it, as long as the tunnel isn’t too deep.
“Simply wrap aluminium foil around the edge of your candle, making sure it hangs over the built-up wax areas but leave a sizeable hole in the middle so that the wick can burn through properly,” Hannah says.
After a couple of hours, the wax should have melted evenly, you can then enjoy your candle for longer!
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