Mary Moppins: Candle Burning Precautions

Mary MoppinsIn our search of an Earth-friendly cleaning, we discovered Mary Moppins, a former house cleaner turned inventor.

We’re reposting this article from her blog for our friends who love using scented candles in their homes. We hope you find these tips useful!

Candle burning precautions:

Never burn a candle near flammable material. They do not belong on window sills, next to walls, near lamps, or furniture.

Here are a few tips for safe handling:

  1. Place all candles, burning or not, on a glass plate. Wax sweats even if it is not being burned and will leave un-removable color stains on furniture.
  2. Never move a lit candle or one that has been blown out. Heat sets a stain and the color from hot wax is permanent.
  3. Look for candles without lead wicks and made from soy. Soy candles emit less smoke and therefore fewer toxins into the air.
  4. People love scented candles. Only the scents could be causing lung and breathing issues as well as allergic reactions. Burn unscented candles and instead simmer a pot of cinnamon sticks, cloves, or other fresh herbs on the stove. Or place cinnamon sticks in small bud vases around a room.
  5. Avoid the scented air fresheners as well. They numb your sinuses so you can’t smell odors, the fragrances are often toxic adding to indoor air pollution and the chemicals in them can cause polyps and sinus infections. Plug-ins and the fresheners that go off when you walk past them are even worse.

How to remove candle wax from carpet:

  1. Scrape off what you can with a blunt knife.
  2. Grab a hair dryer and several white paper towels – never use a printed paper towel.
  3. Turn the heat on the hair dryer to medium high and begin heating the wax.
  4. As the wax softens, dab it with the paper towel.
  5. Continue heating the wax and blotting until all the wax has been removed. If the candle was colored, the heat from the wax has set the color and is nearly impossible to remove.