CANDLES: An Unlikely INDOOR AIR QUALITY VILLAIN

Reblogger Trisha Pennington
Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker Reilly & Sons

 

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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Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
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Thanks for the post. I love candles and did not think of it.

Jan 08, 2010 10:21 AM #1
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Connie Smith
The Smith Group, Keller Williams Realty Success - Littleton, CO

Great post Trisha.  I love candles.  I have a soy candle that cracks and sounds like wood.  Wonder if it emits chemicals.

Love the spice mixture recipe.  Have a good day.

Jan 08, 2010 10:38 AM #2
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Trisha Pennington
Coldwell Banker Reilly & Sons - Leavenworth, KS

Thank you both for commenting.  This is something I never thought about either.

Jan 08, 2010 12:54 PM #3
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Kathryn Acciari
RE/MAX Professional Associates, with offices in Sturbridge, Charlton, Auburn, Spencer, and Shrewsbury - Sturbridge, MA
Realtor - CDPE, CIAS, Sturbridge MA Real Estate

Interesting.  I never knew this about candles.  Thank you for reposting it, Trisha.

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