Do Candles Clean the Air?

This blog post will discuss “Do Candles Clean the Air?”  Firstly, we will discuss the basics of air pollution. Then, we will address the meaning of indoor air pollution. In addition, we will outline why paraffin wax candles are bad for your health. The article will also discuss tips to minimize air pollution due to the burning of paraffin wax candles. The article will also mention the best alternatives to these polluting candles. In the end, the post will provide detailed solutions to reduce air pollution.

Do Candles Clean the Air?

Candles may not necessarily clean the air. In fact, some of the commercialized candles made up of paraffin wax degrade the air quality and can contribute to allergic symptoms. The pollutants released by the paraffin wax are as follows:

  • Benzene
  • Formaldehyde
  • Acetaldehyde
  • Acrolein
  • Toluene
  • Soot

Candles are generally lit up in a house or inside any structure to soothe the atmosphere or celebrations.

Let’s first see the basics of air pollution.

What is air pollution?

The introduction of harmful agents into the atmosphere is known as air pollution. The toxic agents are known as pollutants. These pollutants are derived from natural and human activities, and they can be chemical or biological.

Major pollutants present in the air are particulate matter (PM), ground-level ozone (O3), NO2, SO2, and CO. Air also has lead, allergens, bacteria, viruses and volatile organic compounds (VOCs).

Besides climate change, air pollution has become a significant environmental risk to human health. 

Therefore, striving towards minimising air pollution can also help to improve climate change mitigation efforts. In addition, reducing emissions will enhance the quality of air.

What is indoor air pollution?

Air pollution created inside a closed environment is called indoor air pollution. Many household activities such as heating, cooking, cleaning and other miscellaneous activities significantly contribute to indoor air pollution. Moreover, indoor pollution contributes to ambient air pollution. In addition, many regular household products such as cleaning sprays, varnish, paints, solvent removers, perfumes, tobacco smoke and incense stick can pollute the air.

The latest addition to the list is candles. There are ongoing researches about the negative impacts of candles on indoor air quality. I know that candles are very soothing relaxes our mind from mental stress. It also gives a classique touch to your house. After all, who doesn’t like them to include in romantic candlelight dinners or in the bathroom to soothe yourself while cleansing and pampering?

But while the candles, especially the scented ones, make you feel lively and rejuvenate your soul, they are useless in rejuvenating your lungs. So you must be wondering how can mere small bundles of candles degrade indoor air quality and human health. So let’s find out how these can be responsible for indoor air pollution.

What are candles typically made up of?

Candles and scented candles of different shapes and colours may look cute, but they are disastrous for your health. Most of the candles available in the market are composed of 100% paraffin wax or blends of paraffin wax with the other types of waxes. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reports of 2001 noted that burning candles in any enclosed spaces cause poor air quality. This can lead to an increase in air pollutants above the safe limits given by the EPA. Moreover, most wicks produce soot which is highly hazardous to the respiratory system.

The paraffin wax, which is used to prepare the candles, are originated from a petroleum by-product that releases multiple toxins in the air. These toxins are toluene, benzene, acetaldehyde, formaldehyde, acrolein, soot, etc. These are all carcinogenic.

Paraffin is created from the waste generated from petroleum. After producing oil and gas, it is also generated from the goop in the oil barrel. Firstly, this waste is treated with stabilizing chemicals and then chemically bleached and deodorized. It is finally converted into the wax. The researchers have discovered that the chemicals produced by paraffin are similar to those found in diesel fuel emissions. Paraffin-based candles produce smoke and soot as a by-product. Even unscented, dye-free paraffin candles release pollutants into your home’s air.

Besides, the soot particles produced while burning the paraffin candles are also dreadful. This is because the soot particles or particulate matter also penetrate deep inside the lungs. Moreover, these particles are absorbed by the bloodstream and lymphatic fluid system. These changes in the composition of the blood and lymphatic fluids cause many effects on the body.

These toxic pollutants deplete the oxygen content from the blood supply and cause dizziness, sluggishness, and other mental disorders. It can affect your breathing efficiency. Inhalation of carcinogenic pollutants can cause lung disorders such as lung cancer, asthma and cardiovascular ailments like hypertension, heart attacks and discomfort in the chest. Lighting candles in a stuffy room system can intensify the asthmatic symptoms and lead to allergic reactions. You can experience irritation in the eyes and nose too.

Have you wondered about how the wicks stand straight? As per the January 2001 reports of the United States Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA), lead is prominently used to keep the wick standing. Thus, when the wick is burned, it produces soot containing lead particles. In addition, many studies found out that candles have toxic metal wicks. Although lead in these candles is banned in the United States, lead is still used in other countries.

Scented candles release contaminants into the air, polluting the vents and ducts when this air is recirculated into the home through the HVAC system. HVAC filters are used in your home’s heating and cooling system. Synthetically produced fragrances are lethal. It’s shocking to know, but these fragrances are 90% made up of chemicals such as phthalates, toluene, benzyl acetate, limonene acetone and phenol. Phthalates are hormone-disrupting chemicals—they change reproductive development and generate male fertility issues. This chemical is linked to asthma, hyperactivity disorder, breast cancer, obesity and even type II diabetes. It also develops behavioural and neurodevelopmental problems.

Volatile organic compounds such and toluene and benzene cause cancer. The other toxins released from the synthetic fragrances are tin, zinc, benzopyrene, naphthalene, polycholordibenzo-p-dioxins, polychlorodibenzofurans (PCDD and PCDF), polyaromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), alkanes, wax esters, alkanoic and alkenoic acids, alkenes, and particulates, and the list goes on.  

The usage of candles pollutes the heating and ventilation systems in your home. Further, these can disrupt the ventilation system’s ductwork. In addition, lighting candles in an enclosed space can discolour the walls and ceilings and damage the surface of electronics such as television. All these toxins released from the extinguished paraffin candles stay in the indoor air for almost ten hours.

How can you reduce the negative impact of paraffin candles?

If you are using paraffin candles, I strongly suggest you switch to their alternatives. However, if you don’t want to throw away these candles immediately, I am providing you with some tips to minimize the adverse effects of paraffin candles.

Wick Size

Make sure that the size of the wicks is cut into proper length. If the wick is too large, it will be responsible for air pollution. In addition, it will cause a condition known as candle tunnelling. Candle tunnelling happens when the centre of the wax around the wicks melts down and burns down. In this condition, the flame will emit black smoke. Thus, it would be best to cut the wick size as short as possible before you light the candles to avoid such conditions.

I would advise you to trim the wick to ¼ inch before using a candle for the first time. Another important tip is to avoid thick wicks. Also, don’t fall for upright wicks made from lead. Generally, ideal candle wicks should be thin. It should also be braided in appearance—such wick curl over when burned. In addition, the wick should evenly burn with the wax. The wicks made from braided cotton or paper are good to use. These wicks stand upright because the cellulose core prevents the wick from falling.  

Avoid containers

I find it cute to use candles in decorated glass or metallic containers. But I learnt recently that paraffin candles in containers are a big “no-no”. You should avoid using containers for the candles. Containers increase the negative impacts of the candles. For example, if your purchased container has a narrow opening, then it will affect the airflow and, as a result, will considerably increase the flicker.

You can instead use free-standing plates. Then, you can also consider using a metallic tray to catch all the wax that drips down from the candle. You can also use free-standing candles on a plate to avoid those drippings on your furniture.

Ventilation

Make sure that you burn candles having good ventilation. However, I will suggest you avoid direct drafts on the candles. Burning the candles in a well-ventilated room will allow the toxins to dissipate. In addition, I would recommend never lighting up candles if you are not present nearby. This will avoid any occurring fire hazards.

Minimum Duration

The other method to lessen indoor air pollution is reducing the duration of the candle’s burning. I would recommend not burning the candles for more than two to three hours. Moreover, if you observe the candle burning until the last point, make sure you leave at least an inch and then extinguish the flame. Also, allow them to cool before you relight them.

What are the best alternatives to paraffin candles?

If you have chosen to stop using those dangerous paraffin wax candles, I have researched and found some of the best alternatives to light up your mood and help keep the air quality reasonable.

Candles from Vegan Waxes

Soy Wax Candles

Soy wax is an authentic natural wax that is derived from these beans. Soybeans are widely cultivated in the United States after corn. I will tell you how this wax is created. Firstly, these soybeans are harvested and then cleaned properly. Then, they are cracked, de-hulled and rolled into flakes. Soybean oil is then extracted from the flakes. Further, the leftover flakes are given to the animals as food. This soybean oil is then used to make soy wax.

Soy wax is safe to use as it is environmentally friendly and made from renewable resources. Soy wax also burns way slower than paraffin wax. Thus, if you purchase soy wax candles, they will last longer. Moreover, these candles burn clean and give less amount of soot. It also doesn’t produce any toxins or carcinogenic pollutants while burning. 

Another reason to choose these candles is that they retain fragrance and don’t require chemical amplifiers. The wax pool surrounding the wick is responsible for a candle’s scent. In the case of soy wax candles, the melting point of this wax is lower than paraffin. Thus, a larger pool is created around the wick, resulting in a stronger aroma. In addition, since soy wax is a plant-based product, it is naturally biodegradable. Thus, you can easily clean the accidental spills.

I am providing some of the good soy wax candles

Soy Wax CandlesWhy do I like them?
Wax and Oils Soy Wax Aromatherapy Scented Candles (Lavender) Eco-friendly, no pesticidePackaging is recyclableUsed for indoor purposes
Natural Jasmine Soy Wax Scented Candles Paraben-free40 hours of smellRich scent
JXDLSQ Soy Wax CandlesFour fragrances in one set: Fresh spring, lemon, lavender and fig.Lead-free wickLong-lasting candle (30 hours)

Coconut wax candles

Coconut wax candles are also fantastic options instead of paraffin wax. The coconut wax is produced from the high-melt coconut oil. Further, it can also be blended with other natural harder waxes to create another fusion version of the candles. Some of the coconut wax candles are made from around 90% coconut wax, which is it is then stimulated with soy to create a more good composite structure of the candle. The aroma produced by the coconut wax candles is soothing. Just like soy wax candles, this type of candle also lasts longer. These candles also hold the fragrance. Thus if naturally extracted scents are added to these candles, they can smell longer.   

The wax colour derived from the coconut generally ranges from cream to pure white. You might feel that the coconut wax candles will spread all the coconuty smell in the air. But don’t worry, this candle wax is entirely odourless, and there are no traces of burning coconut. In comparison to paraffin wax and soybean, coconut wax burns the cleanest. Thus, the lowest soot particles are produced after burning coconut wax candles. These candles are also environmental friendly.

Unlike soy wax and beeswax candles, it’s not necessary for you to pre-heat the jar; coconut wax candles have the most fantastic jar adhesion. You just need to place your candle into the jar at any temperature. Many companies in the market produce coconut wax candles using wooden wicks. I will provide some of the good products of coconut wax candles.

Coconut Wax CandlesWhy do I like them?
Hemlock Park Coconut wax candle and essential oilsNatural productWooden WickQuality Guaranteed
Via Wellness Coconut Wax CandlesThree fragrance is available30 hours of smellLead-free, cotton wickNatural DyesToxic-free
JHYOOLA Pure Natural Jar Candles 100% coconut wax candleWhite candleUnscented candleCotton wickCan be used indoors and outdoors 

Candles from Animal Produce

Beeswax Candles

Many theories claim that beeswax candles help to clean the air. Some of the anecdotal evidence found that beeswax candles work as air purifiers. When the beeswax is burned, it emits negative ions into the atmosphere and helps to purify the air. The allergens and pollutants present in the air possess positive ions. Thus, when the candles produce negative ions, they bind with those positive ones. This fusion gets drawn into the candle or is burned down and falls to the ground. Thus, beeswax candles help to lessen allergens.

However, little research has been done on this theory, and researchers are curious to find out the benefits of beeswax candles on air pollution.

Such negative ions are found in running water, beach waves, and thunderstorms. Maybe, that would be why you feel energized after going to the beach or escaping in the nature trials. What else? Several studies have stated that these negative ions benefit people with asthmatic conditions. These ions also help to improve serotonin levels and improve mood. The positive effects are essential when anyone suffers from depression and anxiety issues.

Another positive effect of beeswax candles is that it helps to eliminate foul odour. Thus, most people prefer such candles with natural essence in the bathroom to eliminate the unwanted smell. In addition, these candles will also help in drawing gasses such as methane into the flame.

However, beeswax is produced by honey bees. The bees have beeswax to build comb, which is then used by the other worker bees to store honey. This beeswax is essential for the bees to harvest honey properly. Many researchers have warned that this practice of consuming beeswax will weaken the bees’ immune system and make them vulnerable to illnesses and death. Thus, I will recommend using plant-based natural or vegan waxes rather than this one.

You can use candle warmers as they require no flame, and they gently warm the candle wax. It doesn’t generate any smoke, soot, or other chemicals when you warm the candle.

Another alternative to the candles is diffusers. You can club it with essential oils. To reduce the foul odour of the house, some beneficial oils like tea tree oil have antibacterial properties. This oil can be used to reduce airborne bacteria. You just require good quality electric diffuser to lessen the filthy pollutants. I will give you a list of some of the essential oils below:

The commercial candles contain paraffin wax which releases toluene and benzene, carcinogenic. In addition, the wicks of these candles have lead.

Below, I will also give other solutions to lessen air pollution.

 What can I do to protect myself from air pollution?

I will elaborate on some of the measures to protect yourself from air pollution.

Personal Hygiene

You can also fight the effects of air pollution by maintaining personal hygiene:

  • You can cut your nails short to avoid the accumulation of dirt. 
  • You can also practice mouth gargling after coming home to free your mouth from unwanted guests.
  • You can also brush twice a day to keep airborne infections at bay.
  • You can also take steam therapy at home to cleanse your lungs.

Quit Smoking

Smoking cigarettes, hookahs (shisha), electric vape or any other types of cigars are not at all suitable for your health. It’s best to stop smoking. Active and passive smoking provides the direct entry of harmful pollutants into your body. This causes the risk to your respiration and other organs dependent on it. 

Physical Exercise 

Physical activities have many benefits to your body. It not only improves your stamina and immunity levels but also helps to increase your lung capacity. Yoga, sanas, swimming, running, cycling, brisk walking and dancing are some of the best forms of exercise to improve your health.

Breathing Exercise 

The majority of people in the world don’t breathe properly. However, correct breathing techniques can keep illnesses due to air pollution at bay. A pranayama is a form of yoga asana which helps to improve breathing methods and lung functionality.

Some of the pranayama types that help you fight air pollution are Kapalbhati, Anulom Vilom, Chandra Nadi, Surya Nadi and Bhastrika. It is strongly recommended to learn this art of breath from a well-certified yoga trainer. 

You can also increase your lung muscles by simply taking a deep breath and holding it for a count of 10. Then, slowly breathe out the air. If you can keep your breath for a longer time, then you have good lungs health.

Good diet 

Always go for a well-balanced diet to remain fit and strong. Consistent eating of junk and fast food will increase the risk of obesity and other diseases. In addition, such people are more vulnerable to the adverse effects of air pollution. Instead, add more fresh veggies and fruits to your diet. Also, you can consume less meat to minimise carbon footprints.

You can also add anti-inflammatory foods as these types of food help to cleanse your lungs effectively. Anti-inflammatory foods which I recommend are: 

Immunity booster drinks

You can do your immunity booster drinks by using readily available items in your kitchen. Immunity booster drinks help to cleanse your lungs. Some of the DIY immunity booster drinks are as follows:

  • Take a glass of warm white milk. Add half a teaspoon of turmeric powder to it. Also, add two strands of saffron to it. Drink it at night before sleeping. You will get good sleep, and you will be relieved from chest congestion. 
  • Boil water by adding half cinnamon stick. Drink the spice-infused water once a day. Your sinuses would be cleared up. 
  • Buy an excellent green tea. Prepare a green tea by following the packet instructions. Have it whenever you feel irritation in your throat. 
  • Take some crushed 1 or 2 peppercorns, a half-inch of a blade of lemongrass and 1 inch of grated ginger and half a teaspoon of turmeric powder. Add everything in one glass of boiling water and reduce it to half a glass. Drink two tablespoons of this spice-infused warm water every after three hours. Adding honey is optional. 
  • You can also drink warm water and add honey if you want. Honey helps to relieve throat irritation.

Use Mask

Mask can prevent you from inhaling the polluted air. You would be able to work in contaminated areas without any fear of allergy infections and stress. 

Masks I recommend

Name Why I recommend it
BASE CAMP CROSSDUST MASKEAPI Filter Technology & Advanced NanotechnologyUser FriendlyMore Durable Six layers face maskFilter materials of the dust mask: Double-Layer Melt-blown with Electrostatic Adsorption Performance, Activated carbon, Non-woven Polypropylene
NIOSH approved N95 maskFour layers mask Flexible nose pad, dual strapsDisposable maskEasy to breathe
BASE CAMP Reusable Cloth Face MaskThree layers mask; 100% cotton Skin-friendly and breathablePocket to add additional filterReusable Mask

How can I individually reduce air pollution?

You can always try your level best to minimise air pollution. The following are the methods to reduce air pollution at an individual level.

Plant Trees

Encourage tree plantation drives amongst the communities. You can be a green saviour of your region. Trees are the natural air purifiers of the environment, and it supplies us with clean air.

Municipal councils or the local authorities can develop urban forests to increase the green cover of the locality. They can also plan to create vertical green walls to improve oxygen levels of the region naturally. But don’t forget to plant only indigenous trees. 

Human/ religious celebrations in eco-friendly ways 

Nowadays, many couples celebrate gender (of their baby) revealing parties by bursting firecrackers. But, unfortunately, these firecrackers can transform into massive wildfires if they are burst near trees.

Thus, you can celebrate such celebrations by planting trees in your nearby barren land. Bursting firecrackers on any religious, festive or personal occasion are only going to harm your loved ones. 

You can also celebrate Christmas by not cutting Christmas Trees. Instead, you can buy artificial ones and use them in the coming years too.

Discourage Plastic

Single-use plastic has been one of the major concerns in the environment. Plastic pollution indirectly contributes to the degradation of air quality. Plastic, when burned, releases various toxic gases such as dioxins into the air.

Encourage alternative use of the plastic product. For example, you can wear a cloth bag for shopping. You can also carry your travel cutlery set to a restaurant. Additionally, you can take your water bottle instead of purchasing a packaged drinking water bottle every time.

Use of public transportation 

Increase the use of public transport to reduce air pollution and traffic congestion. You can also try carpooling or the cab sharing option. Then, you can also use bicycles instead of scooters. Lastly, you can always opt for walking a shorter distance. 

Alternative use of fossil fuel

It would be best to try switching to other fuel alternatives. For example, don’t use wood for the fireplace. Instead, you can wear multiple layers of clothes for warmth. In this way, you can conserve energy. Additionally, you can also install solar panels on house roofs to convert solar energy into electricity. 

You can also buy electric and hybrid vehicles to minimise tailpipe emissions. Finally, propose or discuss a plan with your mayor or any relevant local authority to promote your region’s renewable energy sector.

Reduction of personal carbon footprints

You can also keep a check on your carbon footprints. For example, you can delete unwanted photos, videos or emails from clouds and email boxes as and when possible. Unfortunately, this unwanted stuff takes a lot of energy, which indirectly contributes to air pollution.

You can also switch off the lights and electrical appliances of the vacant rooms. Try buying local products instead of imported ones. Be vocal about them. You can also discover your own country rather than travelling to different ones.

Create Awareness

Air pollution is unpredictable; air pollution in your vicinity can affect people living in Asia and vice-a-versa. However, you can create public awareness about air pollution amongst your community by teaching and interacting with your kids about the importance of good air. 

Educate youth by telling them the ill effects of poor air quality. Then, let your country’s future know that they deserve a better place to live!

How can the local authorities improve the air quality of your region?

You can always observe the changes happening in your surrounding nature. If you experience bad air quality or any activities producing air pollution, you can always concern relevant local authorities or the mayor.

Here are some methods which local authorities can do.

Proper disposal of waste 

Improper solid waste management of an area is an invitation to many diseases and infections. In addition, burning solid waste in public can cause air pollution, although such practices are rare in the US. 

The wastes are mainly disposed of in the engineered landfills and recycled before final disposal to landfills and waste incinerators. 

In addition, waste incinerators help to convert waste into energy.

However, many researchers have claimed that gasification technology or waste-to-energy technology may release harmful gaseous contaminants. Thus, it is necessary that waste collectors rigorously segregate the waste before sending it to waste incinerators. 

The best solution is to minimise waste at a personal level. Statistically, 70% of the waste generated can be recycled effectively. Thus, strive to recycle your waste at a personal level as much as possible.

Reducing air pollution from agriculture

Stubble burning is still practised in some parts of the US. This event contributes to the degradation of air. Local authorities can help farmers convert this waste into cattle fodder or be transformed into pellets as fuel. In addition, farmers should stop the usage of harmful pesticides or fertilisers to decrease air pollution.

How can I reduce indoor air pollution?

Maintaining household or indoor hygiene

You can decrease poor air quality by adequately maintaining indoor hygiene. For example, you can frequently clean your cupboards and open decks to avoid an accumulation of dust particles. You can then vacuum your carpets and sofas at least twice a week. 

Make sure your doggies and cats are well-groomed. Use chimneys and exhaust fans in kitchens. You can also install an exhaust fan in washrooms. Always make sure you are keeping your house well ventilated. 

Keep doors and windows open when possible. Maintain the health of electric appliances such as heaters, humidifiers, AC, fans, air ducts and so on at regular intervals of the year. Avoid overuse of strong perfumes or strong scented candles indoors. You can additionally use indoor plants to make your indoors more lively and fresh.

Indoor plants

Indoor plants do the same work as outdoor ones- they help to purify indoor air naturally. These indoor plants are also easy to maintain.

The indoor plants which I recommend are as follows: 

Air purifiers

Air purifiers help to improve indoor air quality. The risk of getting air pollution-related diseases decreases due to the use of air purifiers. Air purifiers having good HEPA filters do an adequate job of filtering pollutants.

Air Purifiers I recommend are as follows:

NameWhy I recommend it
Blueair Pro XL Air Purifier99.7% of airborne pollutants such as mould, allergens, smoke particles and pollens are captured. 
AIRMEGA 400SReduction of 99.97% of particulates of 0.3 microns. Also responsible for reducing more than 99% of VOCs, NH3 and CH3CHO.Washable and permanent pre-filters are available 
Blueair Pure 121Includes 3-part filtration system. Captures 99% of common airborne PM 2.5 pollutants such as allergens, odours, smoke, mould spores, dust mites and pet dander.An activated carbon filter removes common odours caused by smoke, pets, and gases (VOCs) and smoke caused by wildfires.

Humidifiers

The humidity levels in the office should be maintained between 30 and 50% in the office. This range helps to keep dust mites, mould and other allergens under control. In addition, when AC or heater makes the air in the room dry, humidifiers can maintain correct humidity levels.

Humidifiers I recommend

Name Why I recommend it
Amazon Basics Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier 4 litre of tank capacityAuto shut-off feature and 12 or 24-hour timer settingsIt can be used in both seasons
MOVTIP HumidifierPortable Mini-humidifier500 ml capacity, still produces longer mistsEasy to operate
LEVOIT HumidifierIt can be used for both seasons6 litres of capacity Easy to clean and has a remote control

Dehumidifiers 

Dehumidifiers also work similarly to humidifiers. It controls the high levels of humidity in the office.

Dehumidifiers I recommend

Name Why I recommend it
Pro Breeze DehumidifierCan extract 50 pints of moisture a dayEnergy-saving auto-off systemBuilt-in Humidity sensor
HOmeLabs DehumidifierEliminates moistness, odour controllerEasy to cleanRemovable water tank
TCL Portable Dehumidifier20 pints of moisture removed per dayIt can be operated at low temperatures tooEasy to maintain

Other FAQs about Air Quality that you may be interested in.

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Conclusion

This blog post discussed “Do Candles Clean the Air?”  Firstly, we discussed the basics of air pollution. Then, we addressed the meaning of indoor air pollution. In addition, we outlined why paraffin wax candles are bad for your health. The article also discussed tips to minimize air pollution due to the burning of paraffin wax candles. Finally, the article also mentioned the best alternatives to these polluting candles. In the end, the post provided detailed solutions to reduce air pollution.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): Do Candles Clean the Air?

Which candles purify the air?

Candles made from plants and beeswax candles purify the air and improve indoor air quality.

Do scented candles affect the air quality?

Scents produced from synthetic chemicals affect the air quality and can cause danger to human health. However, candles using natural scents are suitable for air quality.

What does burning a candle do to the air?

Burning paraffin candles emit toxic, carcinogenic pollutants such as toluene, benzene, phthalates, formaldehyde, acrolein and soot.

How to purify the air?

These are the steps to purify the air:

  • Keep your house well-ventilated
  • Keep indoor plants in the house
  • Plant trees
  • Buy an air purifier
  • Use Public Transport

How can I purify my air naturally?

Here are the steps to purify the air naturally:

  • Buy indoor plants
  • Plant more trees
  • Use natural wax candles
  • Use an electric diffuser with essential oils
  • Clean filters
  • Open windows

Are candles bad for your lungs?

Burning candles release many volatile organic compounds and soot into the atmosphere. Inhaling these pollutants can badly affect the respiratory, neurological, and cardiovascular systems. That means it can cause issues in lungs, heart and brain functions.

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