How to Remove Candle Wax From Clothing

Updated April 17, 2017

There are so many different kinds of stains that can ruin a piece of clothing. You have probably lost a treasured piece of clothing to a stain that you just couldn't figure out how to remove. Well, if you fear that you are about the lose another piece of clothing to some spilt candle wax, then fear not. Follow the steps below to learn how to remove candle wax from clothing and save your garment.

Hold your piece of clothing with the spilt wax on it so that the area covered in wax is parallel with the floor, facing the floor, to avoid the wax spreading. Hold it like this over a sink or counter so that you don't get candle wax in your carpet, or on some other hard-to-clean surface.

Place your garment in the freezer once the candle wax has hardened enough to prevent it from spreading to other areas of the garment, laying so that the stained area is kept away from the rest of garment as much as possible.

Remove the item of clothing from the freezer after about 30 minutes.

Peel away pieces of wax. Continue to do this until you have removed as much of the wax as you can.

Plug in your clothing iron, and set it to a low heat setting.

Sandwich the stained portion of the clothing between four sheets of paper towels. Place the heated iron on top of the paper towel over the stained area of clothing. Move it back and forth slowly, allowing the wax to melt and the paper towel to absorb it.

Repeat Step 6 until all the wax has come out of the clothing, or until there appears to be no more wax being absorbed by the paper towel.


Make sure that you are not using the steam setting on your iron when trying to iron the wax out of your clothing so that it can be absorbed by paper towel. Steam can often set a stain, making it harder, if not impossible, to get out.

Things You'll Need

  • Iron
  • Paper towel
  • Freezer
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About the Author

Based in Ypsilanti, Mich., Ainsley Patterson has been a freelance writer since 2007. Her articles appear on various websites. She especially enjoys utilizing her more than 10 years of craft and sewing experience to write tutorials. Patterson is working on her bachelor's degree in liberal arts at the University of Michigan.