How To Remove Candle Wax From Any Surface


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Ah, the sweet aroma of candles around the house. They may make your place smell good, but what happens if that wax drips on the floor, your clothing, or your furniture? That just plain sucks, right?

It doesn’t have to! I’ve got you covered with some advice on how to remove candle wax from any surface around your house without using any of the toxic chemicals sold at your local grocer. Here’s how:

Remove Candle Wax from Carpets

You don’t need fancy chemicals from the store for this trick, you just need 2 things that are probably already in your house – a newspaper and an iron. Easy peasy, right?

First lay the newspaper down on top of the wax and set the iron to low. Once it has warmed up, start running the iron over the newspaper right on top of the wax. Slowing the wax will start melting and get absorbed into the newspaper, lifting up off the carpet. I had to do this once in my old apartment and it worked like a charm. There was a little residue and color left over, but it was way better than the big hard chunks of wax that were on the floor.

Remove Candle Wax from Fabric Furniture

Cover the wax or stained area with a paper towel followed by a kitchen towel. Place an iron on low to medium heat directly on the kitchen towel, where it will heat up the wax. The paper towel will help to absorb the liquified wax. You can follow this up with a blotting session using water or a 2:1 rubbing alcohol/water mix.

Remove Candle Wax from Washable Clothing

If you get candle wax on cotton, linens, polyesters or other washable fabrics, here’s what you need to do. First, scrape off whatever dried wax you can easily get off. On colorfast fabric, try pouring plain boiling water through the stain and fabric and let it dry. If the wax stain still shows, you can try the boiling water again or blot it with a 2:1 mixture of water and rubbing alcohol. Repeat until the wax and/or stain is gone. On other fabrics, put the piece with the stain on it between two pieces of blotting paper and run a (warm) iron over it. Replace the paper as it absorbs the color. No matter the method, be sure to rinse the fabric afterwards with cold water.

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  1. Hi, Thanks for the tips! I just wanted to add another method that worked on my carpet like a charm: boiling water. Take a tea kettle of boiling water and slowly pour over the wax. It will melt instantly. Blot with a clean, white, dry towel. You’re good to go (unless maybe it’s red wax on white carpet.. then you might have to try some Oxy Clean spray after melting).

  2. We had a couple of crystal candleholders completely covered in beeswax; put them in a big saucepan with hot tap water and dish washing soap, the wax lifted off like magic in about 10 minutes, I don’t think the crystal had ever been as clean and clear as it was after this ‘treatment’! A pleasant surprise.

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