Originally candles were used as a source of light. From the 1st century up until the 19th century, candles were primarily made using beeswax, and aside from providing light, were used as a method of keeping time.
Today, candles are made primarily of paraffin wax and are used more ubiquitously, marking your age on a birthday cake or as a clichéd housewarming gift that sits unused somewhere on a shelf or in a closet.
There are other uses of candles that I find handy from time to time.
Candles can be used to fix a stuck zipper:Run a candle up and down on the teeth of a stuck or hard to close zipper to lubricate it, it should easily move and close.
Having a falloff end of a shoe lace? before it frays, melt a candle and dip the end of the shoelace in it, let it cool. Your shoelace will be as good as new.
Tired of a squeaky door? Rub some candle wax on the door hinges.
To avoid tears while cutting onions, light a candle and put close to where you are cutting the onions, the canle absorbs the fumes that make one cry.
Candles can also be used to fix dents in our furniture, fill the dent with candle wax then colour it to match furniture colour
Got your own unconventional uses for candles, share with us.