How To Put Out A Candle The Right Way (And It’s Not Blowing)

How To Put Out A Candle The Right Way

All of us probably grew up blowing out candles on our birthday cake. Habits are hard to change, so as an adult, you probably still put out candles the same way – by blowing them – including your most precious candles.

But the truth is, this isn’t the best way to put out a candle. Sure, it makes sense for one-off candles like those on a birthday cake, but not for candles you plan on regularly using.

See, blowing out the flame could be bad for your subsequent burns.

In this article, we will find out why you shouldn’t blow out your candles and how to correctly snuff out those flames.

Why You Shouldn’t Blow Out Your Candle

There are a few reasons why blowing your candle isn’t the best way to put out your candle flame.

  • Your forceful breath can push wax to the outer side of the candle or its container, eventually causing candle tunneling. This also leaves smoke behind, producing an unwanted smell and traces of soot.
  • Blowing out your candle can push the wick into the wax. When it hardens, it’ll be stuck there.
  • Lastly, blowing our candles can spray wax to the surrounding area. This is especially common with taper candles.

Who wants any of these things to happen to your candle? So, we’ll share the best tips to avoid these things from happening next time.

Two Best Tools For Putting Out a Candle

Wick Dipper

This tool is perfect for extinguishing the flame without any after scent, soot, or smoke. 

A wick dipper is a long tool with a hook-shaped end that bends the wick into the wax. This old method makes it easier to light the candle for your next use and ensures that the flame is put out in its own wax, minimizing smoke that causes soot buildup.

Tip: You can also use everyday household items that are similar in shape and non-flammable.

Candle Snuffer

This tool offers a cleaner alternative for some since minimal smoke is produced.

A candle snuffer has a lovely little dangling bell shape at the end of the rod. This bell-shaped cap literally “snuffs” out the air and blocks it from the flame. This tool is good for keeping the melted wax even to avoid tunneling (since the wick isn’t touching). It also puts out candles quickly and safely without leaving too much smoke.

Tip: You’ll know the flame is extinguished once you see some smoke from the snuffer. Take caution in handling your candle snuffer after doing this tip since it could be super hot after.

Other Ways Of Putting Out Your Candle

Use A Candle Lid

If your candle container comes with a lid, you can just “suffocate” the flame by covering the candle with the lid.

Be extra careful when doing this tip, though. Some lids have materials that melt easily, like rubber. Ensure that your candle’s lid is non-flammable. There’s also a risk for smoke to accumulate inside the lid after extinguishing the flame, which could hurt your candle’s fragrance.

Pinch The Flame

Yup. You heard it right. Pinch it with your fingers.

Make sure that your fingers are somewhat wet first before doing this tip – dip them in water or lick them! This should protect your fingers from the flame’s heat.

Then pinch the wick as quickly as possible and release! The moisture from your fingers should be enough to extinguish the flame.

Sounds like a cool party trick, no?

This method obviously comes with its dangers, so be as cautious as possible.

DIY Wick Dipper

Didn’t we mention that you can improvise your own wick dipper?

Take any thin and long household item as an alternative. Ensure it is non-flammable and sturdy. A paperclip or tweezer is a good idea or even an old utensil that you don’t want to use anymore.

Quick Don’ts When Putting Out A Candle

  1. Use the method that’s the best fit for your candle. For instance, snuffers are best for candle wicks that are harder to reach.
  2. If you are going to blow out your candle, try to wait until the entire first layer of wax has melted.
  3. Do not pour water when trying to extinguish the flame. This could ruin your candle wick permanently.
  4. Ensure your candle wick is completely extinguished before leaving or storing it.

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