Aside from providing light and warmth, candles are absolutely beautiful. There's also plenty of scents available nowadays that help with aromatherapy. It's no wonder that many people have now gotten into the habit of collecting candles. Needless to say, it's important to put them in a place where they don’t become fire hazards. It's also crucial to adjust candle tunneling to make the most of burn time. Another important factor that needs to be considered is storing and putting away candles properly.
Between 2014 and 2018, fire departments in the United States responded to thousands of home fires that started with candles. Around 7,600, as far as the National Fire Protection Association is concerned. Aside from the obvious point of keeping candles away from pets or children, despite not being lit, candles shouldn't be put in flammable storage.
Read on for organization tips for proper and safe candle storage:
Melting is a given when candles are under heat. Direct sunlight, however, does much more than that. It will lead whatever custom fragrance was in the candle to fade away quicker. If it's a colored candle, direct sunlight will affect that too. The best place to store candles is generally a bathroom cupboard or even the pantry. Dark spaces will help preserve candles for a long time.
Store candles in a dry area. When keeping candles in the bathroom for self-care days, place them somewhere that doesn’t get moist easily. Some people think storing under their sink is ideal, but it's not safe either since leaks can happen anytime. Basements are a no-go either because they tend to be damp unless the candles in question are jar style.
Unused candles stored in warm locations will be susceptible to melting, softening, and bending. The last thing anyone wants is to have a melted candle that was not even used yet. Since they're made to melt in the first place, any contact with heat will lead to melting. Avoid storing candles in areas that are warm. Room temperature is best. Jar candles are very easy to store in that sense.
On the other hand, candles should never, ever be frozen. Wicks are either made of fibrous material or natural wood, so too much moisture absorption can be damaging.
Jar candles and tumbler candles, needless to say, should be stored upright. Pillar and tapered candles can be stored lying down but placed in the likes of plastic containers. As previously mentioned, avoid flammable storage options like cardboard boxes.
Candles are incredibly helpful for light, warmth, and even aromatherapy. They are now often infused with essential oils and come in many colors, which is why they’re popular among collectors. However, proper organization and storage are important. Make sure candles are stored at room temperature, not in areas prone to moisture, and never under direct sunlight.
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