Guides and advice
Tricks of the Trade
If you find your jar or container starts to look black after you have been burning your candle for a while, a simple way to clean the glass is with a baby wipe. Just polish the glass clean and you have a pretty as new candle which will shine brighter next time.
If you leave your candle in the sun or a hot car, just pop it in the fridge for 20 minutes or so to 'reset' the candle. This works in the same way as when you want to loosen wax to clean your container at the end of burning your candle as explained below. The cool air shrinks the wax.
If you love candles, it may be worth investing in a wick trimmer. You can buy these online or from candle and home stores. They ensure you trim to the correct length each time and help to catch any debris as you cut the wick.
How to clean a container
The safest method is to place the jar in the freezer for at least 20 minutes. This causes the wax to shrink, so when you take it out of the freezer you can gently dig the wax out with a butter knife.
If there is any remaining glue from the bottom of the wick tab or label you can remove this with eucalyptus oil on a cotton pad. You can also wipe off any black soot that may have occured when blowing the candle out.
The other method is to put the container in the sink and pour hot water into it until the wax floats. You can then scoop it carefully off the top. You just need to be very cautious with the hot glass and water.