Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Tuesday Tips!

These tips I share are more about being frugal or scaling back if need be.  I've found it seems you either have time or money and few of us have both.  I grew up with the dictum "Use it up, make it do, throw it out or buy it new" and in that order.
Here are some tips I hope you can use.

Tip #1 - I've read many places that recommend putting your candles in the freezer to get out the last bits of wax when your candle is used up.  I find that putting mine in hot soapy dish water makes the left over wax much more pliable to remove safely and easily.

Tip #2 - I've found the most reasonable and nicely scented candles to be the ones at Wal-Mart here in the U.S.  They're about $5.00 for a big one, a nice variety of scents, burn clean and scent the room.  The bonus is they have lids and I can use the containers for other things after the candle is finished.

Tip #3 -  I bought this wick trimmer years ago and I don't know what I ever did without it.  One of the secrets of keeping your candles from  "smoking" is to always trim your wick before you light it.  Before I had my "wick trimmer" I used to grab a kleenix and grab the wick and turn  and the burnt part would come off leaving about 1/4 inch of wick remaining. 
I hope these tips are helpful to you in some way and I hope your Tuesday was a good one!


  1. Great tips! I usually use a pair of scissors and cut my wicks down before lighting as well and I also buy the same candles at Walmart that you do. However, I didn't realize we could clean these jars out and use them for other things.. I've been throwing them out!.. So I just have to put them in some hot soapy water to soak and they'll come clean?

  2. I posted about the DeLite candles before that I buy here. They are made in the USA and wash out really nicely. I crochet covers for the jars and then put a tealight in them and regift them. Works out great! Hope all is well with you and you are having a great week. Tammy

  3. I have never heard of a wick trimmer..I learned something new today! Thanks:)


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