How to Get Candle Wax Out of Clothes – 3 Removal Tips

Candles are a great add-on for many occasions.
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Getting candle wax out of clothes can be a nightmare. But candles are an essential element to any birthday celebration or dinner party. So next time you end up with melted candle wax on your favourite party outfit, don’t stress.

Luckily, candle wax stains can be removed easily at home, without needing to rush to the laundrette or reach for a bottle of chemical stain remover. So the next time you find your clothes stained with candle wax, make sure to follow these steps to ensure the stain disappears without a trace.

Removing Smaller Candle Wax Stains

You can easily get candle wax stains out of clothes using vegetable oil.
You can easily get candle wax stains out of clothes using vegetable oil. (Foto: CC0 / Pixabay / geralt)

Some stains may be small and discrete, but still need to be dealt with before they permanently stain the clothing.

The Vegetable Oil Method

  1. Grab any vegetable oil from your cupboard and rub a good amount onto the stain.
  2. Gently wipe away any excess oil with a cloth.
  3. Launder the clothing as usual.

The Freezer Method

  1. Place the piece of clothing in the freezer.
  2. When the wax hardens completely, remove it from the freezer and snap as much wax as you can off with your hands.
  3. Remove the remaining stains by placing the affected area over a bowl. Secure the piece of clothing using rubber bands.
  4. Pour boiling water over the stain. This will melt any excess wax into the bowl.
  5. Launder the clothing as usual.

Bigger Candle Wax Stains

Some candle wax stains are a bit more obvious and require more attention. Follow these 3 simple and easy steps to bring your clothes back to their original, stain-free state.

  1. Hands Off: The first thing you have to do with candle wax stains is to leave them alone and do nothing. Let the wax dry completely before touching it, otherwise you could spread the stain or worse, burn yourself.
  2. Scrape it Off: When the wax has dried completely, scrape as much off as you can with a blunt knife. We recommend using a spoon for more delicate fabrics like silk.
  3. Melt it Again: This step may seem contradictory (seeing as the point of these steps is to remove stains caused by melted wax) but trust us. Firstly, grab yourself two paper bags, or better yet, blotting paper (paper towels can also be used, but these are non-recyclable and should be used as a last resort). Place the paper bags or blotting paper between the stain and cover with a thin towel. Iron gently over the stained area using a low setting on the iron. This will melt the wax, which will be absorbed by the paper. Keep melting the wax this way, until you see that there is no more wax being absorbed into the paper. Finally, launder the piece of clothing as usual.

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