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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.


  • 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.
  • TIP: A hair dryer can be used if an iron is not available.
  • 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.
  • FACT: In 1903, Crayola introduced the black, brown, orange, violet, blue, green, red, and yellow crayons.

You Will Need

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

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