Mum claims she soothes family's colds instantly with wax burner trick- but people warn she’s putting their lives at risk

IF you've got a bunged up nose or a chesty cough, you can bet that the first thing we reach for is our trusty tub of Vicks… along with a box of tissues and lozenges obviously.

But while the brand's VapoRub is usually applied directly to the chest to relieve symptoms, one mum has sparked backlash online after she put in her wax melt burner – and people warned it could put lives at risk.

In a TikTok video which has been "liked" by over one MILLION people, the woman said she used this "life hack" when her family is "full of cold".

To begin with, the woman put a generous dollop of the ointment – which contains the cough suppressants eucalyptus oil and menthol – in the top of the burner.

She then places a tealight underneath, lights it and watches as the product dissolves into a puddle.

But while thousands of people in the comments said they couldn't wait to try it themselves, others highlighted how dangerous it is as Vaporub is flammable.

"I did this and almost burnt my house down," one replied. "Do not recommend doing this – so unsafe!"

Another added: "Please don't do this is if you have cats or dogs.

"It's really bad for their respiratory system and can make them really sick."

"You can buy Vicks candles from B&M for £1," a third wrote. "Works the same and is safe."

On the Vicks website, the brand warns against heating up their VapoRub.

The advice reads: "You should not heat or microwave Vicks VapoRub. Do not add Vicks VapoRub to hot water or any container where heating water. Doing so may cause splatters and burns."

Fabulous has contacted Vicks for comment.

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