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.

You will need

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

Step 1 Scrape the wax Start by using a dull knife or spoon to remove as much wax as possible.

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.

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.

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.

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.