Why Does My Candle Jar Turn Black?

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As well as adding a beautiful fragrance to your home, candles are also a great accessory or decoration. However, when the candle jars turn black, this can make them look dirty and unattractive. There are several different reasons why your candle jar turns black. Today, I will examine these reasons and look at different ways we can prevent this from happening.

Quite often, the black that we can see in a candle jar is carbon. When you burn the wick of the candle, the wick pulls wax into it. This wax reacts with the oxygen in the air and creates a flame. The flame produces carbon, and the bigger the flame of your candle is, the more carbon is being released.

Some candles produce more unburned carbon than others. If the smoke rising from your candle is black, this a sign that unburned carbon is being released. This unburned carbon is also known as black soot. The soot collects on the inside of the jar and turns the glass black.

There are several things you can do to reduce the likelihood of your jar turning black. The shorter the wick on your candle the better. The further away the flame is from the wax, the more carbon will be produced. If your candle has a long wick, trimming it down can make a real difference to the amount of black soot that is being released.

Check the length of your wick every time you burn the candle. Some wicks will need trimming frequently. You should also ensure that the wick is positioned in the center of the candle to encourage an even burn.

Another way you can reduce the production of black soot is to avoid putting your candle in drafty areas. If the flame flickers and moves a lot, more wax is burnt and more soot is produced. Keep your candles in an area that is not affected by drafts.

It is also common to find that cheaper candles that are made from low-quality materials are more likely to produce black soot. If a candle has too many artificial fragrances or artificial colors added to it, this is likely to affect the way the candle burns. Investing in a high-quality candle with no artificial additives can help you to keep your jars clear and clean.

The production of black soot is also closely related to paraffin candles. Paraffin is the most common wax material as it is cheaper than other wax types. It is made from the sludge that is found at the bottom of crude oil barrels. Although this sludge already contains chemicals, more chemicals are used to clean it and bleach it.

When you burn paraffin candles, many toxins are released into the air. This includes black soot, which can not only stain your candle jar, but also your walls, furniture, and ceiling. Buying candles made from other types of wax, such as soy wax and beeswax can dramatically improve the amount of soot that is released and prevent any black staining.