Are wax melts safe for cats and dogs?

Are wax melts safe for cats and dogs?

Are wax melts bad for you?

Wax melts can release harmful chemicals into the air when they are melted, leading to potential health risks. Synthetic fragrances and waxes can emit volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and other toxins that can be harmful when inhaled, such as formaldehyde and benzene. Although this may sound scary, the levels of chemicals released are at extremely low levels. It's similar to burning a soy candle, and most candle-makers put their products under rigorous testing to ensure they're safe to burn.

Candle and melt waxes are specifically designed to be used at home, so you shouldn't have to worry about burning them at home. However, to help keep you safe, always burn them in a well-ventilated room and never for longer than four hours at a time. Different waxes also give off various levels of soot while burning. For example, paraffin wax is at the top of the list - it's crafted from petroleum - with what others consider safer, soy or beeswax, following.

Even 'safer' waxes and fragrance oils will contain harmful chemicals - it's how the product is made. Take a melt made from natural ingredients, such as essential oils, and mix it with natural waxes, say soy. It'll still emit a minimal amount of toxins into the air, but this level has been deemed safe by governments because it's so low.

Are wax warmers safe to breathe?

Wax warmers and melters can be safe to use as long as proper safety precautions and usage instructions are followed. When using a warmer, it is important to keep in mind the potential fire hazard and take necessary steps to prevent accidents.

For tea light warmers, always place them on a heat-resistant surface away from flammable materials and never leave them unattended. When using electric wax warmers, ensure that they are placed on a stable surface and kept away from water or other liquids. It is also important to regularly check the electrical cord for any damage.

Key factors to consider when using wax warmers include the type of wax being used, the temperature settings, and the duration of use. To minimise the potential fire hazard, always follow the instructions provided in the manual and never leave the wax warmer running for an extended time.

To ensure safe and responsible usage, it is crucial to carefully read and follow the instructions from the manual. This includes information on how to properly clean the wax warmer, the do's and don'ts of usage, and any specific safety precautions to be aware of.

Our soy wax melts are crafted with safer soy wax and we only use high-grade fragrance oils.

Are scented wax melts toxic to dogs and cats?

Scented wax melts can be toxic to dogs and cats due to the risks associated with traditional wax melts and certain essential oils used in them. Some essential oils, such as tea tree, peppermint, and citrus oils, are known to be toxic to pets. When these oils are heated in wax melts, they can release harmful vapours that may cause respiratory issues, allergies, or even more serious health problems in pets.

Pet owners should opt for pet-friendly wax melts without essential oils in the ingredients. Additionally, pet owners should only use melts in well-ventilated areas and ensure pets cannot access them or the melted wax.

Artificial fragrances must list the types of allergens in the fragranced product on the label - you should be able to find out what you need to know there. If you've lost the label or are unsure, contact the supplier you bought it from - the majority of candles and wax melt makers will have this information on hand for you.

Always read the instruction label as well as check which type of fragrance is used. 

Are wax melts safe for pets - cats and dogs?

Pets and furry companions, particularly dogs and cats, have a heightened sense of smell and are more sensitive to strong scents and chemicals. Inhaling fragrance and essential oils from wax melts can cause respiratory irritation, allergic reactions, and even toxicity in pets.

Additionally, if a pet were to ingest a wax melt, it could lead to digestive issues and poisoning. They're not safe for human consumption and the same can be said for our pets, so always seek veterinary care if you're concerned your dog or cat has eaten a wax melt.

Signs of distress in pets caused by exposure to wax melts can include coughing, sneezing, wheezing, vomiting, and lethargy. If these symptoms occur, it's crucial to remove the pet from the area and seek veterinary assistance immediately.

Also, consider where you place your warmers, avoid putting them on coffee tables or places where your dog or cat sits, sleeps or walks past. Sometimes tails can be signed with the tea light or dip into the melts.

How to keep your cat safe around candles

Burning candles and using wax melts around cats can pose potential dangers. Your furry friend is a curious animal and may accidentally knock over a lit candle, causing a fire hazard. In addition, ingesting wax from melted candles or wax melts can be harmful to your cat's health. To prevent accidents, it is important to supervise your cat around lit candles and use heavy, sturdy candles or place them in a tray of water to prevent fires.

To prevent your cat from ingesting longer-lasting wax melts, it is advisable to keep them locked away and use wax warmers in a high, inaccessible location when your cat is present. It's essential to use caution and consider the safety of your feline friend when using candles and wax melts in your home. By following these safety measures, you can help keep your cat safe and prevent any potential accidents.

We make two sizes of melts to fit all burners, try our wax melt tarts to release invigorating fragrances.

Are wax melts safer than candles?

Yes, wax melts are indeed safer than traditional candles for several reasons. But it's important to follow guides on the safety of wax melts, as they're not risk-free.

Firstly, wax melts do not require an open flame for their fragrance to be released. This eliminates the risk of fire caused by unattended or accidental candle flames. Additionally, the absence of a flame means that there is no production of soot, which can cause respiratory issues and leave unsightly marks on walls and ceilings.

Luxury candles in glass jars become hotter the further down the wax level reaches, as the heat from the flame heats up the surface area of the glass. To avoid potential risks of spillage and burning yourself, never move a burning candle. Wait until it's extinguished and cooled down.

You can also purchase non-toxic candles and keep an eye out on harmful chemicals and ingredients.

In terms of safety, wax melts also pose a slightly lower risk of accidental burns or spills compared to traditional candles. Most types of wax melts are often used with electric or tealight wax warmers, which are designed to contain the melted wax securely. Even so, always ensure there is proper ventilation whether using a melt or paraffin candles.

Why is there soot on the wall from my wax melt?

Although melts and tarts are an alternative to candles, they're not perfect. Soot on the wall from wax melts can be caused by a few different factors. One potential cause is using inferior waxes or candles with additives that can produce soot when burned. This can result in the soot being deposited on the walls as the wax melt is being diffused.

To avoid soot, it is recommended to use quality natural wax melts made from soy or beeswax, as these are less likely to produce soot when burned, compared to paraffin wax. It is also important to ensure that there is enough wax in the melter, as insufficient wax can lead to incomplete combustion and the production of soot.

Why are wax melts often stronger than scented candles?

Wax melts are often stronger than the best scented candles due to the way they release fragrance over heat. When wax melts are warmed, the scent is gradually released, resulting in a stronger and longer-lasting aroma compared to scented candles. Additionally, the absence of a flame burning up the oil in wax melts allows for a more potent and concentrated scent.

Another factor that contributes to the strength of melts is the ability to control the level of scent with wax warmers. This allows the user to adjust the intensity of the fragrance to their preference, resulting in a more powerful aroma experience.

In terms of differences, wax melts are generally more cost-effective than scented candles and offer a wider variety of scents due to their concentrated formula. Unlike scented candles, wax melts produce minimal soot and pose a lower fire hazard, making them a safer alternative. Overall, the combination of stronger fragrance release, cost-effectiveness, variety of scents, and reduced fire risk makes wax melts a preferable choice for many.

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