Push Wax Down Sides of Candle

Eliminate the waste of any soy candle that may be stuck to the walls of a jar, burning all of it, not just 80%. Some candles do not do this and burn all the way down, but it has to do with the size of the wick. If you happen to have one that is burning in center, but leaving residue on the side walls, here's a tip to help get your money's worth.

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Light candle and allow the wax to pool. Also allows walls to get soft and warm. This will take a little while, so be patient, its not instantaneous. Once the wax is soft, use a recycled Popsicle stick or chop stick to push and scrape down the walls into the pool of wax. If there is a lot of wax on the sides, then you may not be able to do it all at once, or the wax could extinguish your flame. Ideally you still need at least 1/4 inch to light. You may have to do a little at a time, if it wasn't started at first signs of it happening.

For those candles that have longer wicks that need trimming, you can pour any extra wax from other candles into them and let them set up. Trim the wick to the 1/4 inch from the wax level. This is important to prevent smoking!

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Any extra wax in candles can be remelted into a candle safe jar, with a wick and make your own hodge podge candle, getting every dime you put into it :)

By Kelly from Fairfield, IL

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