Love them or hate them, scented candles are a part of the holidays. People set them out to increase the merry fragrance, they give them as gifts, and they are a source of structural fires that firefighters must deal with when people leave them burning after too much eggnog.
But did you know that they have a very real danger beyond setting your house on fire? Turns out that you really do need to read all the warnings on the side of those buggers before you set them out this season. Watch this video to find out more.
Scented candles can transform any room into everything from an exotic eastern spice den to a tropical getaway to Norman Rockwell’s Christmas dream. But they do not just give off a pretty fragrance. If misused, they can also produce soot. A lot of it, in fact.
Just when you thought you were turning your living room into Santa’s workshop, it may wind up seeming more like Charles Dickens’ dystopic Christmas in London, circa 1970.
Soot can lead to all sorts of minor irritations in children and adults, so be careful when you light those candles, okay?
Of course, judging from just a few comments to this issue, we suppose you already knew this.
“You know, you could just, put it out after three hours?”- Colonel Shrek
“when you burn stuff, it doesn’t just magically disappear into the air…of course it produces soot”- Forty Two
“The only time I’ve had a candle produce a noticeable amount of soot is the cheap ones or if the wick is waaaay to long. My family has burnt candles for years and have never noticed this problem.”- Calvin5040
Since we are discussing candles, we thought it would be fun to share a simple DIY project for homemade candles that make great Christmas gifts. And your kids can help make them, so it’s got that requisite family time opportunity as well.
For this fun home idea you’ll need Dixie Cups, wax, wicks,votives,and of course, crayons. Tools you will need include Popsicle sticks for stirring, a microwave and a plate stand for propping.
To start, you will heat a small bit of wax in the Dixie cup for about one minute in the microwave. When it comes out, put a small amount into a votive and set a piece of wick into the melted wax, then let harden.
Next, peel off any remaining bits of paper from the crayons. Use one crayon for each color you want to use. Filling a cup with wax and one crayon’s worth of remnants, heat on high for two minutes.
When it comes out, stir thoroughly with a popsicle stick, and pour some of the color into the base you made in step one. Now, place on the plate stand and set at an angle to cool and set.
After about 30 minutes, repeat this last process with another color, until the votive is almost full.
And there you have it: homemade candles from spent crayons.
So, scented candles. Are you fer ‘em or agin ‘em? Share your thoughts with us here.