If you buy and use a lot of candles you might find yourself in a situation where you have more candles than you could ever use at once! Maybe you’re moving house, downsizing, reorganizing, or have a backstock of candles for decoration and holidays. If this sounds familiar, you might be wondering what the best way is to pack and store all those extra candles safely.
Whatever the circumstances, knowing how to safely pack and store candles is key to keeping your collection ready to use. To avoid fire hazards and make sure that your candles in storage don’t degrade with time, follow these simple steps to preserve their life and keep your investment safe!
The most important thing to know about keeping candles in storage is how to do so safely without causing a fire hazard that could have tragic consequences. Consider these factors to keep your family and candles safely.
Keep Away From Heat Sources
Since candles are flammable by nature they must be kept away from any heat source that could cause them to melt or light, causing damage around them or even a larger fire. Things to avoid when placing your candles for storage include appliances, radiators, and heaters of all sizes too.
Keep Away From Kids and Pets
When you choose a place to store your candles, make sure that kids and pets cannot access it. While most candles are non-toxic, consuming them can still cause problems. It’s best to keep candles on a shelf that kids and pets can’t reach, or in a cabinet with a latch or lock. You can even keep them in a bin that seals tightly. If candles are up off the ground, make sure they are secure and can’t be pulled down by an exploring toddler.
Don’t Store In Cardboard
If it’s necessary to keep your candles in a container, try to use one that is non-flammable and especially avoid cardboard. While it may seem safe if you’re keeping your candles away from heat sources like we suggest above, it’s better to be safe than sorry. The best kind of container to keep candles in is metal containers or tins that come in a variety of sizes and prices.
The best place to keep your candles in storage is a cool, dry place that has a consistent moderate temperature. Room temperature or slightly cooler is best, because extreme heat and cool can damage your stored candles and even make them unusable.
If you freeze candles or keep them too cool, it can cause cracking, tunneling, and splitting of wax whether your candles are jarred or not. Also, wicks are often made of natural materials that can be ruined by freezing.
You’ll also want to keep your backup candles out of direct sunlight or in any spot that gets too hot. Besides melting the wax before your burn or ruining the shape of candles that aren’t in jars, direct sunlight can also ruin the color of your luxury candles and leave them less pleasing to the eye. Below are some suggestions of places that might be right to store your candles:
Dry or Finished Basements
When kept in a cool, dark place your candles in storage will retain the quality and characteristics that made you buy them in the first place, and you won’t lose money on candles that have to be thrown away.
Keep Your Candles Upright
Once you’ve found the perfect spot in your home for candle storage, the key is to keep your candles upright if the temperature or light conditions do change. If the candles are in a jar, they can be stacked vertically to avoid spills in the event of an unexpected melt and if they are not, they can be kept freestanding in a container or can so that they won’t warp or bend.
Whether you’re keeping candles for the holidays, like to have them around as a grab and go gift, of have them on hand for home décor proper storage is the key to keeping your candles safe. Don’t throw away money or lose scents that you love. Store your candles like a pro and keep buying more!