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This Woman's Incredible Hack For Making Your Candles Last Longer Is A Game-Changer

This Woman's Incredible Hack For Making Your Candles Last Longer Is A Game-Changer

Thrifty homeowners have discovered a clever hack for reusing expensive candles when the wick runs down - and all you need is hot water.

The trick has recently taken over the internet, with Facebook users going wild over the tip that turns leftover candles into wax melts.

All you need to do is fill the candle jar that is no longer usable with boiling water, leave it to melt the wax and once cooled, the wax will sit on top of the water ready for you to break up and re-use as melts.

Credit: Aimee Plunkett/Facebook
Credit: Aimee Plunkett/Facebook
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For those who are unfamiliar with melts, you can pop the scented shards in an electric warmer or a simple tea light underneath a non-flammable container; this will release the scent from the wax and you don't even need a wick. Clever, eh?

Aimee Plunkett shared the hack on her Facebook page last week and 1,700 people have commented on the post.

She said: "Okay, if this isn't a life changer, I don't know what is TOP TIP! Once your candles have burnt down, fill the jar with boiling water from the kettle and leave. The wax will melt and settle on top of the water. Once cool, break the wax up and use as melts."

Credit: Aimee Plunkett/Facebook
Credit: Aimee Plunkett/Facebook
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People were chuffed to hear that their pricey candles that no longer burnt properly could still be useful.

Others helpfully suggested that you don't have to use the leftover wax as a melt, you could pop them in a bag in your chest of drawers to make your clothes smell great.

Becky Lock commented: "Also good to pop in a hessian bag and pop in a draw to make every thing smell nice."

While most people loved the tip, others joked that they were too lazy to spend time doing it - we have to say we think we'd be in this group.

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Sara Jones Hough also shared the tip in Extreme Couponing and Bargains UK Facebook group.

Credit: Extreme Couponing and Bargains Facebook Group
Credit: Extreme Couponing and Bargains Facebook Group
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She said; "Little life hack I'm amazed. Wick had gone on my Yankee candle so I poured hot water into the jar, all the wax goes to the top and once it sets remove and now it can be used in my wax burner got loads out of it" [sic].

1.1k people commented on the post, one of which was Kirsty Barnes, who replied: "Just done this and got about 20 wax melts out of an old gingerbread candle and it smells incredible xx".

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Credit: Extreme Couponing and Bargains Facebook/Kirsty Barnes
Credit: Extreme Couponing and Bargains Facebook/Kirsty Barnes

Others however commented that the boiling water smashed the glass when they tried it.

Helen Joy spotted the trick and posted it into Facebook group Scrimping on a budget too, wanting to share her spot with other members.

People were quick to thank her.

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Credit: Scrimping on a budget Facebook/Helen Joy
Credit: Scrimping on a budget Facebook/Helen Joy

Supposedly, wax melts last longer than candles, releasing the smell more slowly, but more consistently, plus you can combine different candle pieces to create different fragrances - you can really get creative.

Plus, if you buy an electric burner, you won't need a naked flame in your bedroom or living room, so the fire hazard is much lower. And given that many of us have no doubt accidentally and stupidly fallen asleep with a candle lit before, we all know the dangers.

Happy hacking.

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Topics: Hacks, Home, Life, advice

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