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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.


  • 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.
  • TIP: 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.
  • Step 3: Place paper towels On an ironing board, place two paper towels under the wax stain and two paper towels over it.
  • TIP: 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.
  • 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.
  • FACT: Honeybees collect nectar from approximately 17 million flowers to make 8 and a half pounds of honey... which makes one pound of beeswax!

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)

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