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Flash point: What is a flash point and why you should know about it

Posted by Genevieve Nantel on
Flash point: What is a flash point and why you should know about it

Over the last few years more and more people have been using essential oils. They are readily available from your neighbour who sells them to your local stores. One of their popular uses is in the dryer on wool balls.

But did you know that using essential oils in the dryer is hazardous? Using them in your dryer can cause your dryer to catch on fire as they are highly flammable due to their flashpoint. A flashpoint is the lowest temperature that a liquid gives off enough vapours to ignite. 

The average dryer temperature can reach anywhere from 125 to 135 degrees Celsius. All essential oils have different flashpoints and some oils such as Lavender, Tea Tree and Lemon are more flammable than others. In some countries, essential oils are classified as a fire hazard. Although it is common to believe that the essential oils add an extra layer of scent to your clothes, due to their flashpoint you cannot smell the scent once the load is dry. 

Now that you know about flashpoints, it is important to do your research on the essential oils that you are using before adding them to your dryer. If they are above 200 degrees Celsius, they are not often a cause for concern. Any essential oil that is below 135 degrees Celsius should be used with caution. It is important to note that if you do decide to use essential oils in the dryer, to not use them at night while you are sleeping.  

Fabriscent products were designed with a high flashpoint, much higher than the temperature of your dryer. This means that when you add our product to your laundry in the washer, once dried you will be able to still smell the scent for days to come. There are a few exceptions when we have come out with limited time scents that are more at risk for which we recommend air drying instead and attach a warning. 

For more tips on how to use our products, check out the blog on how to get the most out of Fabriscent’s scent boosters here.

Although essential oils can have great uses, using them in the dryer is extremely unsafe and hazardous. This is why we created our product in a variety of scents that withstand the heat of the dryer.

Looking for a new scent? Check out our new releases.

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