How to Get Wax Out of Clothes

Remove stubborn crayon or candle wax from your clothes without damaging the fabric by using these helpful tips.


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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

  • Rubbing alcohol or solvent cleaner
  • Towels
  • Washing machine
  • Iron
  • Heavy-duty liquid detergent
  • WD-40
  • Hair dryer (optional)


  1. Step 1

    Scrape the wax

    Start by using a dull knife or spoon to remove as much wax as possible.

  2. Step 2

    Blot with rubbing alcohol

    Blot the area with rubbing alcohol, or your favorite solvent cleaner. Finish by washing according to fabric label instructions.

  3. Step 3

    Cover with towel and iron

    Cover the area with a kitchen towel, then place an iron set on low heat on top. The towel will absorb the wax.

  4. A hair dryer can be used if an iron is not available.

  5. Step 4

    Apply liquid detergent

    Apply a heavy-duty liquid detergent to pre-treat the area. Let the detergent set. Then wash the clothing in the hottest water appropriate for that fabric.

  6. Step 5

    Spray with WD-40

    Spray the waxed area with WD-40. Let it sit for a couple of minutes, then spray the other side for best results. With a little elbow grease, the stain and wax will be removed.

  7. In 1903, Crayola introduced the black, brown, orange, violet, blue, green, red, and yellow crayons.