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madwaxcandles - Tips & Advice

Disclaimer: The information presented here is accurate to the best of my knowledge and we accept no liability for the use or misuse of any of the information presented.

 

Burning Tips

Always keep candle wicks trimmed to ¼ inch (6mm).
Burning candles no more than 3-4hrs at a time will increase total burn time.
Large diameter candles should be burned for no-longer than 2 hours at a time to help keep the sides intact.
If candles burn unevenly there is a draft, move or rotate candle to keep burning uniform.
A teaspoon of water in the bottom of votive cups helps prevent overheating & eases removal
Container candles (jars, votive in holders etc.) should be burned for hour for each inch of diameter. This allows wax pool to cover entire surface and improves the scent throw and extends burning time.         

Refrigerating candles for a few minutes before burning extends burning time slightly. Take care as refrigeration for too long will cause cracks.

 

Candle Safety

Never leave burning candles unattended.
Beware candle holders may become hot and damage furniture.
A good heat resistant surface can be made from a ceramic tile.
Keep all burning candles away from children and pets.
Always position candles away from flammable objects.

Always burn candles on heat resistant surfaces.

 

Wax Removal Tips

Carpets : Let wax harden, then break up and remove as much wax as possible.
Place paper towels on the area. Apply a hot steam iron to wick the wax onto the paper towels. Protect the iron with tin foil. Repeat as needed. Check and clean iron of wax residue Make sure you test an area first as this procedure may cause staining if in doubt contact a carpet cleaning professional.

 
Clothing : Remove garment. Let wax harden, then break up and remove as much wax as possible. Pour boiling water through affected area. Repeat as necessary. Do not use an iron as it could set the candle dye in the fabric. This procedure may cause staining if in doubt contact a cleaning professional.

 
Solid surfaces : Wood floors furniture etc.. Do not wipe up the spill as a thin film of wax is harder to remove than a solid piece. If you catch it while still liquid, try to build a dam to contain spill to small area (pencils work well for this).Once wax has solidified, gently pry loose from the surface. If necessary pry the wax off with a plastic spatula or similar, try to avoid this as it does increase the risk damage particularly to wood finishes. This procedure may cause staining if in doubt contact a professional.        

 

Recycling old candle wax

Making new container candles using waste wax. : All you need is a couple of saucepans (place smaller one with wax into larger saucepan filled with boiling water to create bain-marie). Some old jam jars and some wick.

First of all place waste candles into the small saucepan place into larger pan filled with water and heat on gentle heat. Once candles have melted fish out all the dead wicks using tongs (be careful don’t get burnt). Measure the wick length for the whole height of the candle plus an extra 2cm. Soak the wick in the melted wax until it absorbs the wax. Hang the waxed wick over the container tied around a chopstick, wooded spoon or skewer balanced across the top. Ensure it is hanging straight down to the bottom. Slowly poor the melted wax into the jar and let it set overnight. Trim wick to approx 6mm. Now decorate the jam jars with fabric, flowers anything you can find and you have brand new candle from your old ones. Bear in mind the jars are likely to get hot when the candle is burning .

Make melts from old scented candles : If you have a scented candle where the wick is finished then break candle into small chunky pieces about £1 coin size, then use these small chips in small oil burners to provide that same wonderful fragrance.

Left over wax : Can be used to help alleviate sticky drawers by rubbing the drawer sides with the wax. If your house key is stiff in the lock then simply rub the candle on the key then insert in the lock several times or If you have a sticky zipper, open the zipper then rub the candle on both sides of the zipper.

If you buy a large unscented candle and burn it long enough so you can fit a tea light in the top you can then use scented tea lights for an everlasting candle.

 

Fragrance & Essential oils around the home

Though essential oils are natural, they are very concentrated and like fragranced oils should be used with caution. Most oils should not be used undiluted or “neat” directly on the skin. Always dilute with a suitable carrier oil unless you know it is safe to use undiluted. If in doubt then seek advice.

Put 1-3 drops of your favourite fragrance oil onto a cotton ball and place inside your vacuum cleaner bag or at the bottom of your bin to cut back on odours.

Add 5-10 drops of oils to a box of baking soda. Mix well and sprinkle over carpets. Let it sit for a while and then vacuum. Test small area first.

Add approx 10-15 drops of essential oil to 16oz of purified water in a spray bottle and shake well to use as air freshener (shake well before each use). Careful not to spray fabrics/furnishings.

Smelly shoes? Place a few drops of oils onto a cotton ball dabbed with a few drops of Lemon or peppermint place into shoes to freshen them.

To add aroma to a candle, place a few drops of your favourite oil into the hot melted wax as the candle burns. (Do not drop oil into candle while candle is lit).

Use finished bottles of oils and diffusers to scent your wardrobes.

Disclaimer: The information presented here is accurate to the best of my knowledge and we accept no liability for the use or misuse of any of the information presented.