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It Appears We’ve Been Burning Candles Wrong Our Whole Lives. Here’s How You Do It

Date December 20, 2018 17:13

Candles are a great way to bring a little more warmth, comfort, and light into your home, especially on Christmas Eve. You probably do not even think about whether you burn and handle candles the correct way.

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It turns out that most of us are doing it wrong! To use the candle to its maximum and avoid annoying consequences such as cleaning the candlestick from wax, it is enough to follow these simple tips.

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1. Trimming the wick

First and foremost, the wick needs to be trimmed. You should do it every time using ordinary scissors, nail clippers or special wick trimmers. This will provide a bright flame and will significantly prolong the life of your candle. In addition, the wick will not take a strange mushroom shape, which dulls the fire.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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According to Alia Raza, candle manufacturer and co-founder of brand Régime des Fleurs, the length of the wick should be approximately 1/3 of an inch.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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2. Proper first-time use

When you are burning it the first time, do not extinguish the candle until the top wax layer has completely melted. It may take a few hours. Otherwise, there will be a dip on the top layer of the candle. The wick will sink lower until, ultimately, you won’t be able to light the candle again.

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However, these are not the only mistakes we make when burning candles!

3. Extinguishing the flame

Also, Raza advises against blowing out a candle not to fill your room with smoke. A better way is to cover it with some sort of a lid.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Did you know about these tips of handling a candle? Why don't you share them with your loved ones?

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