How to Get Candle Oil Out of Clothing

Updated February 21, 2017

Candle oils are useful tools for adding different aromas to your home. However, when they get on clothing, they can be quite a task to remove, as stains of the oily variety can seep into even the smallest fibres on clothing. Candle oils can also leave an overwhelming scent on clothing, and while you may like that smell for your home, you might not want it on clothes. Luckily there are some remedies that can remove candle oil from your clothes.

Blot any excess oil with a white cloth or paper towel first, if your stain is fresh. You want to remove any excess fluid before trying to treat the stain at hand. If stain is old or dried, use your fingernail or a plastic knife to scrape away any dried oil.

Mix half a cup of detergent powder with ¼ a cup of warm water into a thin paste. Put on rubber gloves and apply paste onto the stained area, then gently rub it into the fabric using a toothbrush, or rub it in with your fingers. Leave on the area for half an hour, allowing paste to dry.

Throw garment into the washer on the highest heat setting possible for that specific fabric. If fabric is meant for cold water, then that should still work, but you may need to do multiple washes, applying your paste each time.

Remove garment and inspect it to insure the stain has been removed before you go on to dry it. The heat involved in drying can actually help set a stain that is present, so if stain is still there repeat the previous steps one or two more times.


For an all natural treatment, try making a baking soda and white vinegar paste and applying it to the stain, then rinse garment in warm water and allow to dry. If multiple tries don’t get rid of the stain, go to a professional cleaner for assistance, as it may require specialised tools and products. Always treat a fresh stain as soon as possible, as the sooner you treat it the easier it will be to remove the stain. When dealing with a fresh candle oil stain, you can also try to pour on talcum powder or baby powder to soak up excess oil.


Never wash a garment in hot water that advises otherwise, as this can lead to fabric dye bleeding out and other damages to your garment.

Things You'll Need

  • White cloth
  • Plastic knife
  • ½ cup of powder detergent
  • ¼ cup of warm water
  • Rubber gloves
  • Toothbrush
  • Washer
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Amy Davidson is a graduate from the University of Florida in Gainesville, with a bachelor's degree in journalism. She also writes for local papers around Gainesville doing articles on local events and news.