CANDLES: An Unlikely INDOOR AIR QUALITY VILLAIN

Reblogger Bridget Cella
Real Estate Agent with Re/Max Connection

Some great information to raed about during the winter months when our homes are closed up to fresh air!

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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Jody Lautenbach
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GReat blog - I did know that information.  Another reason not to burn them is that you may not realize it - but they leave soot on the walls that you may not see but can breathe in.  I like candles but I only burn them on a limited basis.  Like the other ideas - I use a simmering pot too for potpourri.

January 08, 2010 02:43 PM
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Hi Bridget: I had heard that before about soy candles.  I have 7 cats so I tend to keep the candle burning to a minimum!

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January 08, 2010 04:59 PM
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Jody - thanks for stopping by

Matt - keep those kitties safe

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