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Are Candles Poisoning My Home?

Lighting a candle while you take a bath may sound like a relaxing way to spend an evening, but do you know what that candle is releasing into your air?

Put Down the Lighter

Many candles are bad for your indoor air quality because they release carcinogenic toxins such as benzene, toluene, formaldehyde, acetaldehyde, acrolein, and soot into the air. These pollutants are harmful enough for anyone, but they can be especially dangerous to any family members with asthma or allergies.

The really scary part? Synthetic fragrances are considered trade secrets, so companies don’t even have to report what they’re using to make that candle smell like sugar cookies.

Scent Alternatives

You’ve learned the dangers of candles with synthetic fragrances, but knowing this information doesn’t keep your home from smelling bad when the kids get home from soccer practice or the dog comes in from the rain. Don’t fret, there are many alternatives to synthetic fragrances to keep your home smelling fresh without affecting your indoor air quality.

Essential Oils: The Essential Breakdown

Essential oils are a very trendy alternative to candles, air fresheners, and other scents. Essential oils are typically extracted from plants and can have many health benefits for users.

However, be warned--essential oils may be harmless to most humans, but they can be toxic to pets and other animals whose bodies can’t handle the reaction that essential oils cause. Make sure to ask your veterinarian before using any essential oils in a home with pets and learn which essential oils are toxic to your cats and dogs.

Potpourri of Options

Natural potpourri is a great alternative to other synthetic fragrance options. Potpourri is made from dried flowers, herbs, and spices which are then placed in a decorative bowl or bag of some kind. If you have pets or small children, keeping your potpourri in a closable bag high out of reach is a safer alternative than an open bowl.

If you’re worried about your indoor air quality, the technicians at Wilson Plumbing & Heating can help you find a safer alternative or help you choose an air purification system that fits your needs best. Contact our team today at (330) 400-3334 to schedule an assessment of your home’s indoor air quality.

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