How to Keep a Candle Burning Longer and Prevent Excess Dripping

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You might be dining by candlelight over the holidays.  As beautiful as they are to grace your table, the only drawback is how messy those candles can become after a short time.  Yet, I have a great tip to help solve the problem of excessive dripping and the candle burning longer that you will appreciate. This process is so simple and effective to extend the life of candles that you will want to remember it. However, you need  just two ingredients and a minimum of effort toward this simple task.

Start the night before by soaking your candle in a flat pan that can hold enough water to cover it (about two cups).  What you need to do is add two tablespoons of ordinary table salt and keep the candle soaking until the next night.  Resist the urge to take it out of the treated water too soon because the salt solution process needs an entire day for it to penetrate the wax that causes it to develop a protective coating, which helps the candle burning longer.  It is that new coating that will do the trick for the candle.

Make sure to thoroughly dry the candle first before attempting to light it.  If you try this little household solution I have for you about extending the hours of time that your candle will burn, you will be shocked at that amount of extra wear you get from it and how much more neatly the candle will burn!

You also may be curious about how to clean scented candles.  If so,  I hope that you’ll read another helpful post.  This tip will solve that problem and reinvigorate its former beautiful scent.

Candles in your home are wonderful for creating the perfect atmosphere. What I shared can just give you more time and enjoyment from them.



  1. Scott D. Deutsch
    July 22, 2022 / 6:58 pm

    Hi. Just for “kicks”, and an experiment, I melted the red wax BabyBel containers, and I’m planning to make candles from them. I don’t know HOW to MAKE candles. Any advice? Thank You.

    • nuts4stuff
      July 23, 2022 / 5:10 am

      Hi Scott,

      I wish that I could help with candle making, but I never made candles before.

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