How to Get Candle Wax Out of Clothes

Candles may be nice, but candle wax can be tricky to remove from fabric.

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Ah, so you had a nice, romantic evening, complete with candles. And now you realize there is candle wax on your clothes and suddenly things don't seem like wine and roses any more. But don't let the wax stain tarnish your memory of a nice time with someone special, because it is actually relatively simple to get wax out of fabric. It just takes some basic household supplies and a little bit of heat and effort.


Cut up a paper grocery bag into several large pieces. You may want to have more than one paper bag on hand, in case you need more pieces.


Set one piece of the paper bag on an ironing board and then set the wax-stained clothes on the paper bag.


Put the other piece of paper bag over the fabric and plug in your iron. Heat it to medium-high and allow two to three minutes for the iron to heat completely before using it.


Set the iron on the paper bag and move it carefully in circles over the area where the wax is melted on the clothes. Check your progress frequently to make sure the wax is coming off the fabric and on to the paper bag. Lower the heat on the iron if it seems like it is too hot.


Place a new piece of paper bag over the wax area if the first piece gets too messy from the wax. Keep running the iron over the bag and the wax until all of the wax has melted onto the paper bag and off the clothes.


Wash the clothes with warm water and laundry detergent but don't dry the fabric until you're sure all the wax is gone.

Things You'll Need


1.Paper bag(s)


5.Laundry detergent


4.Ironing board


Tips & Tricks


If you don't have paper bags, use pieces of paper towel.


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