How to Minimize Indoor Air Pollution from Candles
Ensure the wick is the correct size for the thickness of the candle. Avoid too thick wicks and those with a wire core that keeps the wick upright.
Burn candles with thin, braided wicks that curl over when burned. The wick should burn down evenly with the wax.
- Avoid multiple wick candles.
- Trim the wick to ¼ inch before lighting.
- Keep your candle in a draft-free area. The goal is a low, even flame.
- Don’t burn your candle in a narrow mouth container, which will cause unsteady air flow or increase flicker. Candles poured into glass jars or ceramic containers can often be problematic.
- Only burn candles made of hard wax.
- Avoid highly aromatic candles. Ensure the scent used in the candle is specifically formulated for candles and avoid wax that contains volatile aromatic hydrocarbons.
- Cease burning any candles that leave sooty residues on candle holders or surrounding surfaces.
- Increase ventilation in rooms where candles are burning, while avoiding direct drafts on the candles.
- Extinguish candles after one hour of continuous burning and allow them to cool before relighting.