Are Candles Bad For Your Lungs?

Are scented candles harmful?

Commonly emitted VOCs related to the scent in candles include formaldehyde, petroleum distillates, limonene, alcohol and esters.

These harmful chemicals can cause health problems ranging from headaches, dizziness and allergy symptoms to asthma attacks, respiratory tract infections and even cancer..

Are WoodWick candles safe to breathe?

WoodWick Candles are safe to burn, but as with any candle, there are some best practices when dealing with an open flame to not only ensure a clean burn of your candle but also to ensure the safety of your home.

Is it bad to light candles in your room?

Yes—but keep reading. When candles are burned, they release carcinogenic toxins (benzene, toluene, formaldehyde, acetaldehyde, acrolein and) most recognizable, soot into the air. The emissions from paraffin candles contain many of the same toxins produced by burning diesel fuel.

Why does salt make candles burn longer?

Adding salt serves the same purpose as putting the candle in the freezer—it slows down the rate at which the wax melts, giving you a longer, more economical burn. When you use salt in addition to the freezing method, you’re doing all that can be done to squeeze extra time out of a candle.

How long should I burn scented candles?

Candles should not be burned for more than four hours at a time. It is recommended that after burning for four hours, candles be extinguished, allowed to cool for two hours, and trimmed before relighting.

Which candles are safe for your health?

Soy wax, beeswax and coconut wax are all great options. Be sure to make sure labels say the candles are 100% soy or beeswax (companies like to create blends with paraffin wax because it’s cheaper) and if possible, I like to buy sustainably sourced candles!

Are all candles toxic?

To summarize, candles are no longer made with lead-core wicks, their wax is non-toxic, and you don’t need to feel bad for enjoying their delicious scents (unless you have asthma or allergies). So unless you are concerned about the PM or VOCs in your home you’re good to let them burn.

Why Yankee Candles are bad?

Your Yankee Candles of the world still rely on Paraffin wax, which throws scent well, but may produce numerous toxic carcinogens and emit harmful vapors into the air. These toxins are very unsafe and can even cause cancer if too much is ingested.

Why can’t you burn candles for more than 4 hours?

If you burn your candle for more than 4 hours at a time, carbon will collect on the wick, and your wick will begin to “mushroom.” This can cause the wick to become unstable, the flame to get too large, your candle to smoke, and soot to be released into the air and around your candle container.

Are Bath and Body Candles toxic?

Not just fragrance, but candles made from petroleum/paraffin emit toxic fumes into your home! If you are going to burn candles, the best options are to find ones made from: 1) Beeswax 2) Organic Soy 3) Coconut wax. You also want to make sure it has a cotton wick. A lot of candles say “lead free”, but that’s not enough.

Can I burn a candle all day?

Don’t keep candles burning for longer than indicated on the manufacturer’s instructions. Burning a candle for too long will cause carbon to collect on the wick, leading it to “mushroom.” The wick will then become unstable and produce a dangerously large flame. Plus, your candle will start to smoke and release soot.