How to Remove Wax from Fabric

Blowing out a candle can be a satisfying end to an evening—unless the melted wax ends up splattered across your shirtfront. Then it's time to just chill out – literally.

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No matter what you spilled on your clothes or furnishings, we can tell you how to get it out.

 
 

You Will Need

  • A metal pan
  • A small hammer or dull blade
  • A roll of paper towels
  • An iron
  • An ironing board
  • Dry cleaning solvent (optional)

Steps

  1. Step 1

    Put ice in pan

    Put ice in a metal pan and place it on top of the wax spill.

  2. Step 2

    Chip away wax

    When the wax is frozen solid, remove the pan and chip away at the wax with a small hammer or dull knife.

  3. If you're able to remove most of the wax this way, apply dry cleaning solvent to the remaining residue and your work is done. If a large amount of wax remains, continue with the remaining steps.

  4. Step 3

    Place paper towels

    On an ironing board, place two paper towels under the wax stain and two paper towels over it.

  5. If the wax-stained fabric has a second layer, like the leg of a pair of pants, make sure to put the bottom paper towels between the stained layer and the bottom layer.

  6. Step 4

    Run iron

    Run a warm iron over the paper towels. The iron will melt the wax and the paper towels will absorb it.

  7. Step 5

    Repeat process

    Replace the paper towels with fresh ones and iron again. Repeat this process until no more wax comes off on the paper.

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