You spend a lot of time in our homes, so clean air is important. Implementing strategies to keep the air clean is a great step to a healthier home. This DIY candle will certainly do that.
My family uses certain products in our home to fight against mold since it can be a problem for our family. Not being able to detox mold from our bodies makes it even a more pertinent issue for us to address.
I know firsthand the steps necessary to achieve better, cleaner air in your home. I created an air purifying candle DIY that you can use to make a better living space for your family. This candle will not solve a mold problem, but it will help protect your house from mold growth and uses ingredients that have proven to temporarily lower mold count.
Please remember that it is so important to properly handle a mold problem. Here is a reliable test you can order if you feel that a mold problem may exist in your house. Simply burning a candle will not remove the mold.
This air purifying candle DIY is to help you and your family be at their best. It is a simple thing to do that can have everlasting effects.
Air Purifying Candle Ingredients
(What are the Candle DIY Ingredients and Why are They Effective?)
- Beeswax has been shown to have antimicrobial properties when used in conjunction with certain other natural products. View this study for more information.
- It neutralizes the air and is able to clean the air of harmful specimens. This makes it a highly useful ingredient when creating a candle to purify the air.
- Beeswax also burns nicely, as long as the right container to wick ratio is used.
- Ingredients mix nicely with beeswax, but other oils may need to be added for a stronger odor to occur. This candle is not for aroma purposes, its main purpose is to help clean the air.
- You need to be aware to use reputable beeswax that has not been exposed or infected with chemicals. There are a lot of pesticides used on plants that bees visit.
Here is a trusted beeswax source if you need one. I also use a local source near me.
#2 EC3 Citridrops
- These drops have been proven in studies to be effective in reducing mold spore count.
- They can be taken internally but also used topically.
- This company makes candles that fight effectively against mold. My family noticed a significant different in the reduction of must smell when used in a room that had a mold problem. We used these candles to temporarily contain and fight the problem until further action could be taken to get rid of the mold problem.
- I decided to create my own air purifying candle version due to the soy used in their candles. I could not verify the source of the soy product used in the candle, and soy is highly contaminated. I prefer the use of beeswax since it is very difficult to locate soy products that have not been highly contaminated. This was heard from a couple experts in a podcast that I will verify if I am able to locate the exact information again.
#3 Thyme Oil
- Thyme is a great ingredient to include in an air-purifying candle because it is generally safe to use and is highly effective against mold.
- This abstract here shows the results of thyme oil used to fight against fungal and mold growth.
- Thyme contains the oils carvacrol and thymol which are the properties that keep bacteria and fungi from forming. This keeps the air cleaner and more pure when burning a candle containing thyme oil.
- This herbal oil is safe, which means that you don't have to worry about negative side effects on people or animals when burning it throughout the house.
#4 Coconut Oil
- This ingredient helps the candle to burn more evenly.
- Coconut oil has been shown to have antibacterial effects.
- I mainly use it to help the candle burn properly, and I cannot verify that it kills the bacteria in the air as it is burned. I do, however, know it is a clean ingredient that adds nicely to my air purifying candle creation
Choose a Clean Air Purifying Candle Wick
The candle wick is an important aspect of clean candle burning. You need to use a wick that is not saturated with pesticides and chemicals, but it needs to burn effectively as well.
They both work very well and are not coated with toxins that will be burned off into the air.
The size of the wick in ratio to the size of the container is important to note. Candles will burn more evenly when the right-sized wick is used in proportion to the right-sized container.
Other Air Purification Candles
EC3 Company does make an air purifying candle that worked very well. We noticed a huge difference in the in the air smell of the rooms the candle was burned in. The smell of must was eliminated for a couple days.
However, the candles are made of soy, which I believe is the reason that the candles burn so evenly as well. The fact that I could not get information regarding the purity of the soy used to make the candles is what made me begin creating my own candle to use.
This does not mean that the candles contain unwanted contaminants. I needed verification that the upmost purity was being used in our home. This is the way that I am able to ensure it.
- 1 1/4 cup beeswax pellets
- 1/4 cup coconut oi
- 30 drops Citridrops Oil
- 30 drops Thyme essential oil
- 2 small canning jars
- 2 cotton braided #4 wicks or hemp wicks
- 1 small pan
- 2 sets of Chopsticks or 2 Clothespins
- 1 wooden skewer or wooden spoon
- Pour pellets and coconut oil into mason jar.
- Place mason jar on a canning lid inside of the small pan.
- Carefully, pour water half way up the side of the mason jar. Make sure not to get any water inside of the beeswax and oil solution.
- Turn the stove top on low and stir the beeswax and coconut oil occasionally with a wooden skewer until melted.
- While the mixture is melting, do the following: peel wick sticker off and place it on the metal base at the end of the wick.
- Place wick inside of the canning jar. Use chopsticks or a clothespin to keep the wick straight by laying the skewers or clothespin across the top of the jar.
- Take the mixture off the heat once the beeswax and coconut oil is all melted.
- Let the mixture cool slightly.
- Pour the mixture into another glass jar with a pour top.
- Add the drop of Citridrops and Thyme and stir with a spoon.
- Pour the melted solution into the mason jars containing the wicks.
- Allow the jars to cool for 24 hours untouched before burning the candles.