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.

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)

Step 1 Put ice in pan Put ice in a metal pan and place it on top of the wax spill.

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.

Step 3 Place paper towels On an ironing board, place two paper towels under the wax stain and two paper towels over it.

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.

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.