It’s always sad when a candle has to be thrown out, but it’s more heartbreaking when you’ve invested a lot of dollars on the item and it ends up smelling like… well, nothing. It’s also easy to forget that scented candles are made from wax, so they’ll melt if they become too hot.
In this article, we’ll try to explain how to burn out a scented candle using as little effort as possible. We’re going to start with the simplest and most effective method to accomplish this, then gradually move to options that require more effort.
This is a good idea because even in the worst-case situation, you’ll be able to relax and enjoy yourself after the process of extinguishing the candle.
WHAT ARE THE SIGNS THAT A CANDLE IS BURNING?
The flame of a candle looks very similar to the flame in a gas stove. They burn in straight lines and use up the oxygen in their path, producing CO2 and water vapor. The gases rise to the top of the candle and are removed by the fresh air that enters from below.
When there’s no more oxygen available to burn, what happens to the wax that’s not burned? It simply cools off before reforming into a solid. This process is called “wick exhaustion”; it occurs when all wicks are destroyed by the flame’s heat.
These are tips on how to know the presence of the candle you are using is still burning:
The flame is smaller than normal – This can happen when there’s excessive wax in the candle or the wick is not strong enough.
The flame dies completely The candle is completely out. You might need to trim your wick before you can light the candle again.
If the flame gets too hot – If the candle is beginning to smoke or dripping wax, it’s best to blow the flame out and trim your wick back to make sure you can see the flame lower.
The wick is becoming black. As the flame is burning down, the wick is absorbed by the wax, leaving behind only carbon around the wick. This is referred to as a “carbonized” wick.
Flame color- The flame of a candle must be blue, with an orange tip. If it’s more orange than blue, then the wick is too short or isn’t properly trimmed. If your flame seems too big, the wick may be too long or has too much wax build-up surrounding it.
The flame’s point should always be pointed upwards and never towards the side or downwards as this can indicate a poor quality wick or an open flame that can cause your candle to burst into flames!
THE PROPER WAY TO EXTINGUISH A SCENTED CANDLE
First, don’t blow it out!
There are a few reasons why blowing out candles is not the ideal method to extinguish it. First, if the flame is substantial enough the blowing can cause the wick to move, and cause an unevenly melted pool of wax around the wick–not exactly what you want when you’re trying to get rid of it. Second, if you blow too hard, there’s a chance that your breath may change its shape, which can trigger another small puff of air that could fan the flames instead of putting it out totally!
There’s a second reason as to why this technique isn’t recommended If you breathe hot enough (and it’s true it…it could be) then there’s no guarantee that your breath won’t produce condensation on surfaces nearby or items like books or curtains. This can cause water damage over time as moisture seeps into wooden items such as tables and desks, which are likely stored close together in the dark hours of the day.
HERE’S THE PROPER WAY TO EXTINGUISH A CANDLE:
The most effective method to remove the flame of a candle is to cut an oxygen source to the burning. This is done using either a lid or a candle snuffer. Use these tools to completely burn out your candle prior to putting it away. Otherwise, you may risk igniting the fire. For larger jar candles, put the wick in the pool of melted wax before re-centering the wick and straightening it.
Place the lid or Snuffer on the flame to stop oxygen.
Never blow on a candle flame to blow it out even if you think you’re being careful. The wax surrounding the wick can start melting and dripping down onto any surface that’s not completely covered by your hand. The wax will also be scented over your face and hands–a very bad idea for those who are looking to smell good and not look like a smoldering candle!
The most efficient method of putting out scented candles is by covering them with lids or snuffers as soon as they start to burn. You should wait until they cool off before removing these covers again as you could risk melting wax onto your furniture or tabletop!
Hold it there until the flame is out completely.
Make sure you hold your candle near the wick and allow it to burn completely. The drip of wax onto the lid or base can cause soot build-up that will cause the candle to burn unevenly as well as could cause wick misalignment.
If you are using large jar candles, place the wick in the melting wax for a couple of seconds before re-centering and straightening it.
This can help stop the wax from getting hard, which can make removing your candle from its holder a challenge. It will also slow down the rate at which your candle is burned through its fuel source, so it won’t require replacing it as frequently.
The last step is to extinguish the flame by submerging it into a glass or bowl filled with water for approximately thirty minutes. This serves two goals in the first place: it keeps any heat that remains from causing damage to nearby surfaces Additionally, if wax drips onto carpet or tablecloth (which is not often) it can easily be removed with paper towels dipped in water. There is no need to scrub!
Clean up any soot that has accumulated on the glass’s edge container using a clean cloth. Wipe it off with a damp cloth.
Clean the wax off the glass container with a rag or paper towel that will prevent soot from accumulating on the bottom edge of the candle.
If you’ve got any leftover wax in your container you can use it to make new candles or put it in molds to make different designs (such as heart shapes).
After all wax residue is removed, wipe any soot off of your glass container by wiping its exterior surface with a damp towel until it shines!
Make sure not to blow them out to put them out!
If you blow out candles, hot wax is scattered. This can cause fire or damage to your furniture. This is not the proper method of extinguishing a candle. Instead, use the lid or the wick snuffer (a small, rust-proof metal tool with an angled tip) to put it out properly.
Follow the directions printed on the bottle of the candle you have scented. Most likely, this will be a simple task to blow to extinguish the burning flame. However, the majority of manufacturers will provide several tips and tricks for putting out the flame of a pillar or votive candle as well. Whatever the case, keep in mind that security is the primary factor in this case. Begin slowly to determine what will work best for your specific candle, and don’t leave a candle with a scent that is burning in the dark.