It's that time of year where bugs (both good and no-so-good) are invading our backyards and patios. While I don't want to do anything to hurt "helpful" bugs like spiders and ladybugs, I am not a big fan of mosquitos! The always seem to come buzzing around at that exact worst moment... like when you've invited your neighbors over for a barbeque, and you're JUST about to serve the hot dogs. Here's a way to get those mosquitos and other flying insects to buzz off: Make your own citronella soy candle. The lemony scent of citronella can send the pests packing.
Citronella Soy Candles: Supplies
Soy wax, containers (I used glass jars from Ben Franklin Crafts Redmond), waxed wicks, wax (to adhere wick to jar—both items also available at Ben Frankin Crafts Redmond) and Citronella Essential Oil. You also need a food-safe thermometer, and a microwave safe container. Tip: A glass measuring cup with a spout is helpful. You'll also need pencils or rulers and tape (for keeping the wick straight).
Use a dab of wax to stick the metal part of the wick to the bottom of the jar.
Press the waxed wick firmly to make it adhere to the jar.
Tip: Use the eraser side of the pencil to press if you can't reach the bottom of the wick.
Using a pencil or ruler and tape, suspend the top of the wick in the center of the jar.
Melt the soy chips in the microwave.
I used four cups of soy wax chips at a time. It took eight cups of soy wax chips to fill the larger class container. In my microwave, it took three minutes for four cups of wax chips to melt.
The temperature of the wax needs to be at 180 degrees.
Let the temperature fall to 140 degrees before adding 15 drops of citronella essential oil. Mix (I used a wood skewer).
Carefully pour into jar and wait.
Let the candle(s) sit undisturbed for 48 hours.
If desired, print out these FREE Citronella Candle Labels for Yesterday on Tuesday by Printabelle onto white sticker paper.
1. Click this link: Free Citronella Candle Labels
2. Click actions (upper left), then view all sizes, select large and save to your computer
3. Print on sticker paper.
Cut out stickers and apply them to jars.
Stuff to Remember:
Don't leave melted wax or a lighted candle unattended.
Trim wick to 1/8"-1/4" after each use.
Don't let temperature of soy wax chips exceed 300 degrees when melting wax, as it could cause a fire.
If wax does catch fire, use baking soda or smother with a lid to put fire out (NOT water).
Always check package instructions and use your common sense.
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