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Video Shows How To Fix A Tunneled Candle Using Aluminium Foil

Video Shows How To Fix A Tunneled Candle Using Aluminium Foil

With everything that's going on in the world, we all need bit of zen right now, that's for sure. We're talking candles, incense, relaxing music - anything to make staying at home a little easier.

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But what if all your candles have tunneled, rendering them almost unusable?

In case you're not familiar with the issue, tunneling is when your candle burns down the middle, but a ring of the wax remains around the side.

It poses a real issue because it means that loads of the wax is wasted, and the candle burns out quicker - annoying when you've decided to burn a pricier one.

However, if this has happened to you, fear not! Because someone's found a genius solution to the problem, which means your candle can burn away for hours longer.


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While we've been throwing away tunneled candles for years, assuming there's no hope for them, Stylist magazine's beauty editor Lucy Partington went viral after discovering that we actually had everything we need to salvage them in our kitchen, already.

Sharing a video on her Instagram, Lucy revealed that simply wrapping some aluminium foil around the outside of a candle actually works to fix the issue.

It's important you leave a hole in the centre of the candle so that it can burn through.

But - as Lucy proves in her clip - it should only take a couple of hours for the wax to melt around the sides and even out again.

All you need is some tin foil (Credit: Public Domain Pics)
All you need is some tin foil (Credit: Public Domain Pics)

While this is a frankly lifesaving trick, you can also avoid tunnelling candles altogether by making sure you burn yours for long enough at the start.

We're often guilty of getting a new candle and lighting it for half an hour or so just to get a hit of the aroma.

But its actually important to leave a new candle burning for a few hours at first (and if possible, burn them in equally lengthy stints thereafter).

The issue is when the centre of the candle burns down lower than the sides (Credit: Pexels)
The issue is when the centre of the candle burns down lower than the sides (Credit: Pexels)

For instance, Yankee Candle advise: "As with all candles, the first burn is the most important.

"To begin, candles should burn one hour for every 1 inch in diameter of the actual candle size.

"If the wax is not allowed to liquefy or to melt from edge to edge of the jar or tumbler, it will create a 'memory ring', especially if this is the first time the candle is lit.

"Once a candle has this 'memory ring,' it will continue to tunnel and to burn that way for the life of the candle."

How did we not know this before?!

Featured Image Credit: Unsplash

Topics: Life News, Home, Interiors

Joanna Freedman

Joanna is a journalist at Tyla with a particular interest in highlighting women's issues and telling inspiring first person stories. She's also their resident foodie, and loves covering exciting new beauty launches, too. Contact her at [email protected]

 

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