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I love candles.

I always have. Something about the glow of the fire has always been soothing to me. In an effort to use less electricity, I love opting to burn candles instead of turning on the lights. However, my nonchalant candle burning days are coming to a close as I?m now realizing that not all candles are good for the environment.

I?m now on a mission to replace all of my candles with vegetable-oil-based and pure beeswax candles. Why? Well, I?ve learned that candle soot can cause indoor pollution. Candle soot can discolor the ceilings, walls, and contents of your home. Lots of the emissions that are released through burning petroleum based candles or scented candles are on par with the emissions released when a diesel engine is started. Once I realized this, I had to do some research to figure out which sort of candles I should have in my house instead. While that?s all fine and good, I?ve still had to deal with cleaning up the messes my candles have left. Here are some tips:

- Mix Water with TSP.

Tsp has been vouched for across the board when it comes down to removing soot on walls and ceilings.

- Dry Sponge.

There are these things called dry sponges that are available at janitorial supply stores. They have been treated especially

to deal with candle soot.

- Be Ready to Repaint.

Many people have had issues with soot that are so dramatic that they simply have to repaint. Be prepared for this.

And once you?re done undoing all of the wrongs brought on by your regular candles, switch over to a better candle. You know, a beeswax, vegetable oil, or even soy


This post was inspired by Hollywood Green..