CANDLES: An Unlikely INDOOR AIR QUALITY VILLAIN

Reblogger Diane Williams
Real Estate Agent

Lesley Burton-Dallas is from Stratford, Ct. and works for Turtle Clan Environment Testing Lab. She has written a post about the toxins in burning candles.  Thank you Lesley for allowing me to share your post with others.

 

Original content by Lesley Burton-Dallas

light switch out  This time of year, I had candles burning all the time...until I learned this.

In addition to cigarette smoking, candles provide another indoor pollution mechanism that is hard to replicate.

 Most commercially sold candles are made from Paraffin (petroleum based) and emit toxins and carcinogens like benzene, toluene, formaldehyde, acetaldehyde, acrolein and soot into the air.

 The ‘bargain' candles produced both here and overseas are even more dangerous.

 We would not consider burning a diesel engine in our living room, but Paraffin candles emit many of these same dangerous particulates. Gel candles are also petroleum-based, and therefore just as polluting.

If ambiance is your middle name, then candles are probably your best friends.Group of lit candles Royalty

However, the only good options are made from either Soy

 http://www.soy-wax-candles.com/why-soy.html

...or Beeswax    Pure beeswax candles  http://www.candlebeefarm.com/ Beeswax Candles

Of course, anything you burn will create smoke, but burning soy and beeswax does not emit those same toxic chemicals.

Real soy and beeswax candles should be clearly marked but exercise caution. Some manufacturers destroy the benefits of beeswax and soy by adding... you guessed it... petroleum-based Paraffin.

It is also important to buy candles with a cotton or paper wick. Shiny wire wicks can contain metals like zinc and lead.

One alternative to burning the high-polluting aromatic and scented candles

... is to create a ‘scented soup'.

The always boiling water pot

Bring a few cups of water in a saucepan to a mild simmer, uncovered.

Add a tablespoon of cinnamon,Does cinnamon help control

...a teaspoon of whole cloves,Whole cloves a teaspoon of vanilla,Favorite Vanilla Beans

...some orange peel Peel an orange, and other

Or any other aromatic spice you particularly like. After an hour or so last night's fish dinner will be nothing more than a memory.

Breathe easy and enjoy life all you can.

Fish Dinner

 

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Rainmaker
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Melissa Juarez
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Thanks for the informative post!  Flameless is a great alternative.

January 08, 2010 06:16 AM #1
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Doug Maynard
ReMax North Country Realty Inc. - Huntsville, ON

As much as I enjoy burning scented candles, I also worried about the toxins they release.

Thanks for providing some alternative ideas!

January 08, 2010 06:21 AM #2
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Roy Kelley
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Thanks for sharing this information. Have a great day and an outstanding weekend.

January 08, 2010 06:46 AM #3
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Michael Setunsky
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Diane, thanks for reblogging this. I am going to pass it along to my Son. His Wife burns candles all the time. Thanks.

January 08, 2010 07:59 AM #4
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Debra Leisek
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I do love candles but only use a few kinds I have found not create soot ... liked the scented soup recipe...

January 09, 2010 01:31 PM #5
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Georgie Hunter
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I'm loving the fake candles with batteries these days... no stink, no mess and no risk of fire.  I especially like the ones that come on and off by themselves with a timer.

January 17, 2010 05:42 PM #6
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