3 Candle Hacks For Avoiding Tunnel Burning

Who knew there was a way to use up all the leftover wax after a candle burns down the middle?

Since spending a lot of time at home it's safe to say that the smaller things in life are starting to get on our nerves a little. Such as, for example, candles burning right down the middle and wasting the perfectly good wax around the edges (this is especially annoying when you're using the fancy, expensive candles).

To be quite honest, when this happens to me I simply clean out the candle jar and repurpose it to hold other things like tealights, makeup brushes, etc. However, what if we told you that this didn't have to be the case?

Here are three easy hacks that may help when burning candles:

Firstly: Prevention

Prevention is better than a cure, as the saying goes. To prevent your candles burning down the middle in the first place, apparently the first burn is essential.

According to Buzzfeed, candles have a sort of memory - the wax will only melt as far as it did the first time you burnt it. Therefore, if you don't get an even burn the first time around, your candle will continue to burn down the middle. To avoid this, you should burn your candle an hour for every inch in diameter - for example, if your candle measures four inches across, you should only burn your candle for four hours at a time to ensure an even burn. Make an extra effort to do this the first time you burn your candle and your life will be made a lot easier.

Use tinfoil

The best hack we've found for fixing a candle that has already begun to burn down the middle is by using a household item you most likely already have in your house: tinfoil.

Lucy P (@lucyparts on Twitter) revealed this hack that she was told by a few of her followers on Instagram. In a video posted on Twitter, she advises that when you have a candle that has begun to burn down the middle, simply wrap the edges in tinfoil, leaving the middle part of the candle uncovered. This way, the heat will reflect back down onto the outer edges of the candle, leaving you with a flat surface.

Use a hairdryer.

This hack is perhaps the easiest out of all of the above. If you catch the tunnel burning early enough, you can easily reset it by carefully using a hairdryer to melt down the outer edges of the candle, making its surface nice and even again. Once the surface of the candle is even, you can revert back to tip number 1 to prevent the tunnelling happening in the future.

So there you have it! Three of our favourite candle hacks. Will you be giving any of them a go?

Sophie Gavin

Sophie is the Junior Content Executive at Family Friendly HQ.

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