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The health and longevity of your candles depend on the way you care for and treat them. You may find yourself frustrated with uneven funnels and wicks that eventually refuse to ignite after a few gentle uses. Changing the techniques in your candle-burning ritual will help you get the most out of your burns. You should consider these five hacks to make your scented candles last longer if you find yourself burning through candles.
Trimming your wicks is essential for ensuring safety and controlling the amount of melted wax the candle has access to. Leaving a long wick creates a larger flame, which burns more wax. Trimming the candlewick prolongs the candle's life by allowing it to burn evenly and steadily. We recommend that you cut your wick down to a quarter of an inch to allow a healthy burn after each cool-off.
Freezing your candle before you burn it will slow down the rate at which it burns. When the wax is cold, it becomes hard and melts slowly. This hack is handy for smaller candles or candles reaching their ends. Before lighting your candle, try freezing it for a couple of hours to maximize your candle's burning potential.
Consider where you place your candle is also crucial for making it last longer. When choosing a location to burn your candle in your home, be mindful of vents, fans, or drafts. When you place candles near these areas, air currents can cause the candles to burn unevenly and produce soot and smoke.
When a candle burns unevenly, it becomes increasingly difficult to light it safely and adequately. If soot and smoke end up in the candle, this may affect the chemistry and prevent it from burning evenly. Find a location where air currents won’t blow on your candle.
If you're not burning your candles for long enough, you probably aren't giving them the chance to melt thoroughly. Allowing the wax to liquify provides an even burn the next time you light the candle.
Four hours is the maximum time we suggest for burning a candle to prevent it from losing its fragrance. It's vital that you don't blow out a candle when it hasn't fully melted through at least a layer of even wax. You should then wait a few hours for the wax to become solid again before lighting it.
While this suggestion may seem obvious, burning a significantly bigger candle like a large 3-wick candle or 3-wick dough bowl candle is an easy hack to make your candles last longer. The larger the container, the more wicks it can hold. When a candle has more wicks, you’ll see a more even burn that will prevent hollowing as long as you trim the wicks correctly.
There are many ways you can get the most out of your candle and increase its longevity. These simple choices go a long way and will allow you to enjoy the maximum benefits of your scented candle.
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