How to Make Your Candles Last Longer

How to Make Your Candles Last Longer

Whether you only use your candles for emergency use or to add a decorative element to your living space, long-lasting candles are particularly beneficial.

Below you’ll find a few easy to follow tips to ensure that your candles will last for the longest time possible.

Pick the Wick

The correct length for a candle wick should be exactly 1/4 of an inch long. If you have a jar candle with a longer wick you can end up with soot on the jar and a big flame. This will burn the candle down much faster than it should. The problem is that many manufacturers don’t trim the wick and so you light it as it comes, you should make sure to trim the wick yourself after purchase.

If needed, you should trim the wick before each use. A simple ruler and a pair of nail clippers will be perfect for the job. Scissors are OK but can get incredibly fiddly once the candle has been used a few times.

Let it Burn

“Tunneling” is when a lit candle creates a pool of melted wax surrounded by a ridge of hard unmelted wax, and simply won’t burn to the edges. The biggest cause of tunneling is that users just don’t leave their candles burning for a sufficient length of time. Eventually, the tunnel becomes deeper until the wick drowns and won’t light.

This can be avoided by simply letting your candles burn for longer. Ideally, you want to burn your candle until the molten wax reaches the edge of the jar or, if it is a votive candle, until the molten wax pool approaches the candle edge.

The very first burn is the most important. If the candle doesn’t burn long enough to reach the edge on its first outing, chances are it will never get there. The general rule of thumb is to allow one hour per inch of diameter. So if you have a jar candle with a four-inch diameter, you should let it burn for at least four hours.


The location of your candles is more common sense than anything. Don’t leave a lit candle in a draught and always place them on a level surface. Each of these may lead to the candle smoking, dripping or burning on one side only.


The day before you wish to use your candles you can put them into the freezer. This can help your candles to last up to twice as long.

Add Some Salt

Once you have allowed your candle to burn for a while so that there is plenty of melted wax around the wick, blow it out and quickly add some table salt into the melted wax.  Use a toothpick to gently mix the salt with the wax.  Let the wax harden.


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