Trim You Candle Wicks!

Trim Your Candle Wicks!

DO YOU WANT YOUR CANDLE TO BURN WELL?

HERE’S WHY YOU SHOULD TRIM YOUR WICKS EVERY TIME YOU LIGHT A CANDLE!

Hey y’all…Ashley here!

Today I want to share with you why it is SO important to trim your wick each time you burn your candle!

Have you ever noticed a black or gray ring start to develop around the mouth of your candle jar? Or maybe your candle is putting itself out?

That’s probably a wick trimming issue! 


We care about ingredients here at Around Ashley’s Table Candle Shop, so we use 100% natural soy wax, cotton & paper wicks, and phthalate free fragrance in our candles and wax melts.  This means your candle will burn cleaner than the average candle you could pick up off the shelf at Target. (In other words, with our natural soy candles, there’s less yucky stuff going into the air while you burn your candle!)  BUT…even with clean burning candles, wicks need to be trimmed!

When a wick has been burned for several hours and starts to get long it can begin to “mushroom”. 

Example of a “mushrooming” wick below":

SO WHY DO WE CARE ABOUT MUSHROOMING?

MUSHROOMING IS AN ISSUE FOR A FEW REASONS:


1. The long wick and excess soot from the “mushrooming” wick can start to create a black ring around the mouth of your candle jar.
 

 

Below is an example of the black rings beginning to form around the mouth of the candle jar. This one isn’t too bad, but if you don’t trim the wick at all while burning, the entire jar can end up black!

Sometimes there might be a little bit of blackness around the mouth of the candle jar when you get to the very end of your candle…that’s normal. You can minimize that amount by trimming your wicks to 1/4 inch each time you light your candle.

2. The mushroom “bits” might fall off of the wick into the candle and turn the wax a grey/black color.  

3. If the wick gets too long and starts to arch over (like a rainbow shape), it can put itself out in the remaining hot wax and eventually your candle won’t light anymore. Sometimes this happens while there’s still a good bit of wax left to enjoy in the candle!  

 

Here’s an example of the rainbow shape wick I mentioned above. If this isn’t trimmed before it is lit again, there’s a good chance it’ll continue to bend and it will eventually put itself out in the pool of melted wax.

HOW DO YOU PREVENT A CANDLE WICK FROM MUSHROOMING?

It’s SO easy! To prevent mushrooming, all you have to do is trim your wicks to ¼ of an inch before you burn your candle each time! You can use a wick trimmer (I’ve linked one here) OR in a pinch, scissors work, too! 

 

FOR THE SKIMMERS…

Here’s the point without the explanation:
Trim your wick to 1/4 of an inch before you burn your candle each time using a wick trimmer or scissors!

 

Thanks for reading, friends! Happy candle burning!

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