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The Hidden Dangers Of Using Scented Candles And The Solution

Scented candles can be found in almost every home you walk into today. In addition to their sweet and relaxing scents, these candles can also create a pleasant ambiance at home. Scented candles come in an array of scents such as lavender, sandalwood, jasmine, cinnamon, pine, gingerbread, among many others. However, most people don't have a clue about the hidden dangers of using scented candles. Most mass-produced scented candles have been proven to have a negative effect on Indoor Air Quality. Even when unlit, the average scented candle releases harmful chemicals making it very dangerous to your family's health. Everything from the wick to the wax to the fragrance itself is made of harmful chemicals.



 

 

Some Dangers Of Having Scented Candles In Your Home:


1. Paraffin Wax


Most scented candles are made from paraffin, a byproduct of petroleum. Wax is made by chemically bleaching petroleum waste and deodorizing it. When burned, the paraffin wax releases toxic volatile organic compounds in small amounts into the air including benzene, acetone, and toluene. These chemicals can cause asthma attacks, allergies, and a number of skin problems.

In addition to the toxic chemicals, the paraffin wax produces soot with small particles which remains suspended the air for hours. When you inhale these particles, they can penetrate deeply into your lungs causing respiratory diseases, asthma, heart attacks, cancer, allergies, and other illnesses.

2. Chemical Fragrances.

Another big problem with scented candles is that they use chemicals to create the pleasing aroma as opposed to wholesome flavors. Most scented candles have synthetic dyes and fragrances that emit toxic VOCs even when at room temperature. The VOCs include petroleum distillates, formaldehyde, limonene, esters, and alcohol. If you inhale these chemicals for long, you may develop health problems like headaches, dizziness, asthma attacks, allergic reactions, respiratory infections or even cancer.

3. Cored Wicks
Many scented candles have cored wicks made using cotton which is wrapped around a metallic support. This is designed to keep the cored wicks from falling over into the wax. For scented candles, this is useful because the fragrance oils can soften the wax allowing non-cored wicks to fall into the wax.


fire caused by candlesIn the past, especially with imported scented candles, the supporting metal used for cored wicks was lead. However, after it was discovered that the wicks could cause lead poisoning to young kids, The US Consumer Product Safety Commision had to ban the sale and manufacture of all candles with lead core wicks. Now, tin and zinc are used instead. However, they are not 100% safe as all metallic core wicks release small amounts of heavy metals in the air when burned. Also, zinc and tin core wicks can still release trace amounts of dangerous lead particles.

4. Fires

Candles are among the most common causes of house fires. Sometimes people are careless with candles and leave them burning or place them in places close to flammable objects. This can be disastrous and can lead to huge losses of property and even death.


Some Safe Alternatives You'll Love!


flameless tea lights with luminariesIf you want your home to be safe, I suggest you get rid of all the scented candles you may have in your home. If you are addicted to the ambiance and sweet aroma of scented candles, don't despair. There are plenty of other safe alternatives that you should try, some of which are as follows:

1: Frux Home and Yard Flameless Tea Lights




This is a personal favorite for me when it comes to creating a candle-like ambiance in seconds. These are flameless led tea lights that are convenient and safe to use. Using them is as simple as switching them on and enjoying the flickering candlelight that can last for over 80 hours. Each set has 12 luminaries which you can use anywhere without worrying about setting things on fire or having to deal with smoke and harmful chemicals.


2: Essential Oils

If you are looking for fragrance, you can place essential oils in bathwater or in a diffuser to create a wonderful aroma.

3: Simmering Spices

Place your spices of choice such as cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg in a pot with water and let it simmer for some time on the stove. The steam from the simmering spices will waft through your home and carry the wonderful light scent with it. don't let the pot's water boil away - we recommend our heat resistant oven mitts for all your kitchen needs. 

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