How to remove a candle wax stain from clothes

There is no need to throw out an otherwise good piece of clothing just because of a candle wax stain. Use the appropriate products and methods to remove candle wax from clothing without damaging the fabric.

Scrape off the hardened candle wax from the clothing. Use a butter knife to chip away at the wax. If the wax is fresh and still soft, run an ice cube over it for a few minutes to harden it.

Preheat your iron to the lowest heat setting. Make sure the iron is set to produce no steam.

Lay a brown paper bag down on your ironing board. The bag should be plain with no printing, or the ink may transfer to the clothing.

Situate the wax-stained portion of the clothing on top of the bag. Lay another plain brown paper bag on top of the wax stain.

Run the iron over the top paper bag. Move the iron in a circular motion and keep it moving at all times. The wax will melt and absorb into the brown paper bag.

Rearrange both brown paper bags when you notice a dark spot on the top bag. This will indicate that the wax is transferring to the bag. Situate both bags so that the wax stain is on a clean area. Continue ironing, rotating the bags as needed, until all of the wax is off of the clothing.

Treat the dye stain that may be left on the clothing from the candle wax. Pour some rubbing alcohol onto the stained area of the clothing. Only a small amount of alcohol is necessary.

Blot the stain with a clean, white rag to remove the dye. Continue blotting, switching to clean portions of the rag frequently, until the dye is gone.

Sponge the stained area with plain water to remove any residue. Launder the clothing as usual.


Do not place the clothing in the dryer until you are sure that all of the wax is gone. The heat from the dryer will set in the wax stain, making it very difficult to remove. Test the alcohol on small, inconspicuous area of the clothing prior to placing it on a more noticeable area. If the clothing is silk or another delicate fabric, note that it may be damaged by this removal method; take it to a professional for removal instead.

Things You'll Need

  • Butter knife
  • Iron
  • 2 plain brown paper bags
  • Ironing board
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • White rag
  • Water
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Kimbry Parker has been writing since 1998 and has published content on various websites. Parker has experience writing on a variety of topics such as health, parenting, home improvement and decorating. She is a graduate of Purdue University with a Bachelor of Arts in organizational communication.