How To Put Out A Candle

Are you looking for an easier way to put out a candle? Perhaps you have burnt your hair one too many times or are tired of blowing them out yourself?

How To Put Out A Candle

Whatever your reason might be, we have the answer for you!

We know that putting out a candle can sound simple enough, but often, finding the right method for you can be tricky.

This is especially true if you struggle to muster enough breath to blow out candles on a birthday cake or your bedside table.

So you look for an alternative, but no matter how hard you look, you just can’t find a method that works for you. 

Well, no more! Today, we are here with the answers that you need. Keep reading to find out how you can put out a candle and change the game today!

Whether it is a new scented candle or you are just trying to spice things up, we are here to show you a new way to put out candles! 

How To Put Out A Candle 

Believe it or not, there are a few different ways that you can put out a candle! To help you find the best method that suits you and your candles, we will walk you through them below. 

Use A Wick Dipper 

A good option is to use a wick dipper. These allow you to maintain a safe distance from the flame and put out the candle safely and easily.

A wick dipper bends the wick of the candle into the wax, putting the flame of the candle out without creating any smoke that you could inhale or could damage your walls. 

A wick dipper is extremely easy to use and a popular tool among candle enthusiasts. They come in a range of lengths and durable materials, making the perfect gift or treat for yourself. 

Use A Snuffer 

A candle snuffer is a long stick that features a small bell-shaped object at the end. It is this bell that is placed over the flame to extinguish it, putting your candle out quickly.

This is a fine choice again for those that want to keep their distance from an open flame, or for those candles that didn’t come with a lid you could use. 

The bell shape ensures that the candle is put out quickly and prevents any of the wax from being moved.

You can pick candle snuffers up pretty cheaply on their own, or as part of a candle care set which we think always makes a fantastic gift!  

Use The Candle’s Lid 

For those that purchase candles (like Yankee Candle) that come with lids, you can simply put the lid back on the candle to put it out.

When you do this, you are likely to see some smoke travel and hit the top of the lid as the candle is starved of oxygen and extinguishes itself. 

This is an extremely affordable option, as you don’t need to purchase any additional items to put your candle out.

When using the lid to extinguish the candle, make sure that the lid is non-flammable.

Candles that come with glass lids tend to be fine for this method, but we recommend taking care, or checking what material the lid is before proceeding. 

You will also want to take care that your lid has a rubber seal, as these can melt.

As we mentioned earlier, smoke will rise to the lid, and often, this method traps the smoke and soot in the candle jar, which some people think can impact the fragrance of a scented candle, which nobody wants! 

We recommend that you use this method with caution!

Use Your Breath

Use Your Breath

Perhaps the cheapest option of all is to use your breath to put the candle out! To do this, you will simply want to blow gently over the flame to put it out.

The release of air from your mouth is often powerful enough to put out a candle, or a few tea lights in a row. 

Just like when you are blowing out candles on a cake, you will want to avoid spitting as this isn’t great for the candle, or others eating the cake!

If you are short of breath or struggling to breathe deeply, it might take one or two puffs to put the candle out - don’t worry, it happens to us all from time to time! 

Use Your Fingers 

Our final option is that you can use your fingers to put out a candle.

This can be an impressive party trick, but dangerous, so please follow with extreme caution if you are going to use your fingers to put out a candle. 

First, you will want to lick your fingers to add a protective layer of water to your skin. Most people use their thumb and index finger on their writing hand to do this.

Once your fingers are licked, place your hand roughly 1 inch away from the flame or wick of your candle. It works best for candles that aren’t in jars with tight openings for you to navigate. 

You will then quickly grab the wick with your fingers and let it go, putting out the flame.

Now, this can take some practice to achieve and you might hurt yourself, so we do recommend being careful and only doing this if you feel comfortable.

We would avoid teaching young children to do this too, as they might not be quick enough and could burn their fingers. 

Final Thoughts 

And there you have it, all the ways you can put out a candle!

Whether you want to continue making a wish and blowing out your candles or if you are going to try a new method today, we hope you found this article helpful!

Just be sure to keep your hair away from any open flames and to always be careful!