It’s always sad when a candle burns out, but it’s especially sad when you’ve spent good money on the thing and it ends up smelling like… well, nothing. It’s also easy to forget that scented candles are made of wax, and thus they will melt if they get too hot.
In this article, we’re going to teach you how to extinguish a scented candle with as little effort as possible. We’re going to start with the easiest and quickest way to do this, and then slowly work our way down to methods that might require more effort.
This will be worthwhile though because even in the worst-case scenario you have an excuse 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 is much like the flame of a gas stove. It burns in a straight line and consumes the oxygen in its path, producing carbon dioxide and water vapor. These gases rise the sides of the candle and are pushed away by fresh air entering from below.
When there’s no more oxygen available to burn, what happens to the unburned wax? It simply cools off, becoming solid again. This process is called “wick exhaustion”; it happens when all of the wicks have been consumed by the flame’s heat.
Here are some tips on how to know if your candle is burning:
- The flame is lower than normal – This can happen if there’s too much wax in the candle or not enough wick.
- The flame goes out completely – You may need to trim your wick before you relight your candle.
- The flame is too high – If your candle starts smoking or dripping wax, you’ll want to blow out the flame and trim your wick back so that the flame is lower.
- The wick is turning black- As the flame burns down, it will be consumed by the wax, leaving behind only a carbon deposit on the wick. This is called a “carbonized” wick.
- Flame color- The flame of a candle should be blue with a yellow tip. If it’s more orange than blue, the wick is too short or not trimmed enough. If the flame is too big, the wick may be too long or have too much wax build-up around it.
- The tip of the flame should always be pointed upwards and never towards the side or downward-facing as this would indicate a poor quality wick or possibly even an open flame which could cause your candle to explode!
The Proper Way to Extinguish a Scented Candle
First, don’t blow it out!
There are a few reasons why blowing out a candle is not the best way to extinguish it. First, if the flame is large enough, blowing on it 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 clean up. Second, if you blow too hard, there’s a chance that your breath will change its shape and set off another little puff of air which could fan the flames instead of putting them out completely!
There’s also another reason why this method isn’t ideal: If your breath is hot enough (and let’s face it…it probably is) then there’s no guarantee that blowing won’t create condensation on nearby surfaces or objects like books or curtains. This could lead to water damage over time as moisture seeps into woodworking items like tables or desks where they’re likely stored close together during lighting hours.
Here’s the proper way to extinguish a candle:
The proper way to extinguish a candle is to cut off the oxygen supply to the flame. This can be done with a lid or candle snuffer. Use these tools to completely extinguish your candle before putting it away, or you could risk starting a fire. For large jar candles, dip the wick into the pool of melted wax before re-centering and straightening it.
Put the lid or a snuffer over the flame to cut off oxygen.
- Put the lid or a snuffer over the flame to cut off oxygen.
- Never blow on a candle flame to put it out, even if you think you’re being careful. The wax surrounding the wick is hot enough to start melting and dripping down onto any part that’s not covered by your hand. It’ll also spread scented wax over your face and hands—a big no-no for people who want to smell good rather than like an extinguished candle!
- The best way to put out scented candles is by covering them with their lids or snuffers as soon as they start smoking. Then simply wait until they cool off before removing these covers again; otherwise, you risk having melted wax drip all over your furniture or tabletop!
Hold it there until the flame is completely out.
Hold your candle by the wick and let it burn out completely. Wax that drips onto the lid or base can cause soot build-up, which will make your candle burn unevenly and probably lead to wick misalignment.
For large jar candles, dip the wick into the pool of melted wax for a few seconds before re-centering and straightening it.
This will help prevent the wax from becoming hard, which can make removing your candle from its holder difficult. It will also slow down how quickly your candle burns through its fuel source, so you won’t have to replace it as often.
The final step is to extinguish the flame by dipping it into an empty glass or bowl filled with water for about thirty seconds. This serves two purposes: firstly, it prevents any leftover heat from causing damage to nearby surfaces; secondly, if any wax has dripped onto your tablecloth or carpeting (which is rare), this can be easily removed using a paper towel dipped in water—no scrubbing necessary!
Then clean any soot from the edge of the glass container by wiping it with a damp cloth.
- Clean the wax from the inside of the glass container with a paper towel or rag, which will help prevent soot buildup on the bottom edge of your candle.
- If you have any leftover wax in your container, you can use it to make new candles or pour it into molds to create different shapes (such as hearts).
- Once all excess wax has been removed, clean any soot from your glass container by wiping down its outside surface with a damp cloth until it shines again!
Don’t blow on your candles to put them out!
When you blow on a candle, hot wax is scattered, which can burn you or your furniture. This is not the proper way to extinguish a candle. Instead, use its lid or a wick snuffer (a small metal tool with an angled end) to extinguish it properly.
In conclusion, follow the instruction on the container of your scented candle. Most likely, this will require you to simply blow out the flame. However, most manufacturers will provide several tips and tricks for extinguishing a votive or pillar candle as well. In any case, remember that your safety is the most important factor here. Take it slow, figure out what works best for your particular candle, and never leave a burning scented candle unattended.