Scoop away to save your drowning candle wick

It’s the time of year when even those who aren’t die-hard candle lovers are firing up a candle or two. What a great disappoint it is, though, to light a candle and to begin experiencing drowning wicks…wicks that get doused out by the wax melt pool in the candle itself.

We’ve already discussed one way to save your wicks with a Q-tip. If you missed that article, be sure to read it here.

But sometimes it takes a little more work to keep those wicks alive. One way to do it is to light your wick to allow some of the wax to begin to melt or at least soften. Then take a spoon and gently scoop out some wax from around the wick. If your candle has more than one wick and the other wick(s) are fine, the job becomes a bit easier. The heat from the remaining wick(s) will be enough to soften up the wax and to begin scooping. If you are unable to keep your wick(s) lit at all, then use a lighter to gently heat the wax surface first, then begin to scoop. You may have to repeat this sequence a few times before you’re able to scoop out enough wax. It is best to scoop wax out in a wide radius to avoid the wax “walls” from later melting down and drowning out your wick again.

Here you can see where I have scooped out some soft wax from a troublesome candle. Notice in the background how one of the candle wicks is lit, while the second wick was the one that would not light.


In the following picture, you will see my candle after “the fix.” I had to scoop out a fair amount of wax from this candle to make the wicks behave. But ultimately I had success and was able to enjoy the candle!




You can use the scooped out wax in a wax warmer so that you don’t waste your wax.

Happy candle burning ~


Author: Andrea

Andrea is the voice behind Candle Scoop. She is a long-standing member of Candlefind and loves all things scented. While she enjoys scents across the spectrum, she is a die-hard bakery and fresh-scent fan. She enjoys rooting out bargains and candle discounts, but she won't hesitate to pamper herself with a luxury brand. When not writing or talking about candles, she enjoys spectator sports and playing with her pups. Andrea would love to hear from you, so don't hesitate to contact!

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  1. Great idea on scooping out the wax around the wick!! I would never have thought of it myself!! Genius. I have started trimming my wicks and this has helped out my candles. Thanks for the great tip!!

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    • You’re welcome, Carolyn. I certainly don’t enjoy doing this and hope I don’t have to rely on this trick too often.

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  2. You did an awesome job of saving this candle. I never would have thought of using a spoon to save a drowning candle.

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    • Ha – thanks! It became a competition, if you will. I was determined not to let the candle win. 😉

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  3. This is a good idea. Your scooping method (which, btw, I independently devised on my own as well) avoids making a mess of the side of the candle glass. Highly recommend this to the “pouring strategy” that other blogs propose.

    Thank you,

    Stritter Mannister, Candle Amatuer

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