Cleaning Wax from Clothing

December 29, 2014

Heat an iron. Damp a face cloth. Put the face cloth on the item of clothing with the crayon or wax to be removed. Place the hot iron on the damp face cloth and move around for 30 seconds until wax or crayon is removed.


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May 7, 2020

I got dark green wax on a blue, purple, and neon yellow hoodie. The worst of it is on the neon yellow and I have no clue how to fix it. I scraped the wax off and blotted the remaining wax out, but there's very large stains of the green colour still.

I tried OxiClean and a baking one - Dawn - peroxide mix, but it didn't eliminate the stains. Is there a way to fix it? Or a way to maybe cover the stains up with dye or something? They're very noticeable as is.


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May 9, 20200 found this helpful
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You say you have scraped away the wax and now you're left with a bad stain/spot and also tried a couple of solutions.
I'm not sure what you mean by "a baking one - Dawn - peroxide mix'" but I hope it was not some sort of heat that may have 'set' the stain.


Most recommendations are as follows:

1.) You will need an iron and a brown bag.
Place a brown paper bag over the spot and iron over the spot.
Iron the bag over the wax, and the wax will transfer to the bag. Keep doing this with clean spots on the bag until all the wax is completely gone.
Soak with Dawn solution overnight and wash garment as usual. Do not place garment in dryer until all stain is gone.

2.) Place a towel on counter and lay garment on top; use a couple of paper towel over the spot and iron over the spot - replacing paper towels as needed.
Soak with Dawn solution overnight and wash garment as usual. Do not place garment in dryer until all stain is gone.

There are a lot of different solutions provided online and ThriftyFun.


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May 9, 20200 found this helpful
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Even if you scrape the wax off of the item it still remain in the thread. In order to get all the way out you need some old newspaper and a old iron to do this one with. You will need to place the paper over the stain and iron it. You will see the wax paper on the newspaper.


Once all the way is out and you can't see anymore on the newspaper you can mix some baking soda, saw soap, provide and water together and allow this to sit over night that should pull the rest of the color out of your shirt.

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January 28, 2012

I was having my nails done and the lady spilled wax all over my pants and shirt. How can I remove it without ruining my clothes?

By p


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January 29, 20120 found this helpful

Try this: put down a layer of something absorbent that you don't mind soaking up the wax with. You can put down a thick layer of newspaper, and put a clean cloth over it to protect the clothing from the newsprint. Then cover the clothing with something that will protect your iron from the wax, and iron over the clothing. This will melt the wax, which will, hopefully, be absorbed.


You might try a web site about Batik. That is a method of dying patterns into cloth using wax to keep the dye from soaking the areas painted with wax. They get the wax out using heat like this. If the cloth can't be ironed, even on low, I don't know what to do.


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January 29, 20120 found this helpful

I would try putting it in the freezer and let it freeze. The wax may turn loose so you can shake it off. That's the way I remove candle wax from glass. Not sure if it will work on fabric but I would give it a try.

January 30, 20120 found this helpful

Yes, try to freeze it and then snap it off. For the remaining wax, iron it with a dry iron and best thing is a brown paper grocery sack or lunch bag. Iron the bag over the wax, and the wax transfers to the bag.


Keep doing this with clean waxless spots on the bag until all the wax is completely gone! I've done this several times, it saves your clothes!

April 6, 20120 found this helpful

If it's dry-cleanable, that will do the trick.

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April 6, 2010

I need to know how to get wax off of my dress. I need it for a wedding. It's just a small little bit of wax. Please help.

By Emily from Grindrod, BC


April 7, 20101 found this helpful

Knowing the type/exact content of the fabric is critical.
Here's why:

In my opinion/ experience, it first takes knowledge of material, ironing, heat. The temperature used depends upon the fabric content, is sometimes, but not often. All that is required, but also often leaves a tiny visible residue you must determine, according to the location on the garment, if you can live with it, cover it up with a jacket, or jewelry/scarf, etc. The entire process is a risk.


*Note: My rule of thumb is "if it's now ruined and unwearable anyway, what do I have to lose by trying to discover the exact heat setting required AFTER knowing the EXACT fabric content, other than a little time and patience?"

If silk, rayon, acetate, satin, or wool, it's almost impossible to remove. If polyester, or nylon, you can use only a slight
amount of heat from a cooler/ lowest heat iron.

If 60% polyester/40% cotton blend, slightly warmer than all poly. If 80% poly/ 20% cotton, less heat than 60/40 blend. If linen, more heat can be used. If linen/ flax blend, a little more heat still. If mostly cotton, NOT knit/pile (corduroy or velveteen, or velvet) you can use still a little more heat than all of the above.

- If exotic recycled or "painted"/ blends of unknown synthetics, or "treated" fabrics, forget it. (This is what I call disposable, not even washable!)

If fabric is heavy cotton or denim, it's MUCH more difficult to remove.
If fabric is thin, gauzy, washable, it requires a MOST delicate touch, little handling/ practically NO rubbing at all.

It requires a skilled hand, no brushes unless a VERY soft toothbrush with a GENTLE and VERY light pressure/ slow motion, "trial and error" on an inconspicuous area of the fabric to:

1) Determine the exact heat setting that MIGHT work on the fabric

2) Heat adjustment to then use on an inconspicuous area, perhaps an inside pocket of same fabric OR deep
hem extra fabric (both with a tiny amount of the same or similar sort of wax applied to the "trial" area to see what temp is required to melt JUST THE WAX through to the folded paper towel on the underside which you have placed there PRIOR to the "trial," (see below*).

Once you have discovered the fabric content/ proper heat setting that will "melt/soften" the wax drip(s), without destroying the fabric, *place a new multi-folded square of paper toweling on the backside of the fabric behind the damaged spot(s) and do the exact same thing/technique on the original damage.

Finally, using still another new folded paper towel, use about a drop of Dawn dish detergent (undiluted) right on any residue/ as long as the fabric is washable, because you will then gently first rub the detergent into the residue with the end of your fingertip. If it does not seem to be removed, gently and slowly use a soft toothbrush until it seems to be gone.

Lastly, wash the garment to see if it is truly all removed, or "acceptably" removed.

WHEW! As you can see, it's a lot of trouble to try. The reason a dry cleaner charges so much AND makes the customer sign a waiver promising not to sue if it ruins a garment? Only YOU can make the decision as to the worth of your time, your garment, any or all of this advice is to you.

I do so hope this helps in some way. From an unprofessional senior, also the grand-daughter of a seamstress/, sewing factory-hard manual labor-working but now deceased grandmother-who truly knew ALL fabrics during the earliest days of VERY few synthetics, passing her knowledge on to me.

She learned all of this when women wore LOTS of layers of fabric of all sorts (often all at the same time), trim, lace, and dressed to the hilt, head to toe, petticoats/underwear to outer garment, fingertip to fingertip, bows and homemade buttons and trimming, making most of their own clothing before/ during and after the last Great Depression. They even made their own underwear, patterns, and learned to cut down old large clothing to fit their children.

They were so talented and skilled that they also made most of their underwear, lovely ball and wedding gowns, draperies, slip covers, linens, gloves, hats, handkerchiefs, scarves, tablecloths, place mats, belts, handbags, pillows/covers, upholstery, lamp shades, most everything EXCEPT nylon stockings, socks, shoes, and swimsuits, which were almost forbidden to wear during those days, considered MOST improper (another story).

Best of luck and God bless and help you. :)

April 8, 20100 found this helpful

Put a piece of brown paper (or a brown envelope) on the wax and iron over the paper - the wax comes away on the paper. It works brilliantly - I've done this many, many times!


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March 14, 2018

How do I remove candle wax and dye stains from a North Face girl's jacket?


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March 15, 20180 found this helpful

If it is a lot, freeze it then pick the wax off as much as possible. Next, with a warm iron, and paper towels, blot it off...jacket, then towels, then iron. Keep using clean paper towels as it blots it up. Then was using some oxyclean. Don't run thru the dryer until it is all off. May take several tries.

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March 7, 2017

I had a doll's beige sleeve next to a red candle and the sleeve is now pink. Is there any way to remove the absorbed "wax" from the sleeve.

This is not really wax, just the red coloring changing the coloring.

Removing Candle Wax Dye from Fabric


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March 7, 20170 found this helpful

Place a dishcloth or a towel under the item of clothing or tablecloth, then put two paper towels over the top of the wax stain. Set an iron at a low to medium heat and iron over the area. The heated wax will melt again, and come away from the fabric, soaking instead into the paper towel.


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March 8, 20171 found this helpful

If you're trying to target the red colouring it left behind, try a sodium carbonate peroxyhydrate cleaner like OxiClean. I've used the knock-offs at the 99c store with good results.


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March 9, 20170 found this helpful

You can try using wax paper and an iron on low heat and it might lift it up. Good luck ! :)

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January 8, 2009

I splashed hot wax on my North Face fleece. It landed mostly on the nylon part. What do I do?

Audra from Lake City


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January 11, 20091 found this helpful

The best I could help you with is suggesting to use the hair dryer on it first. Hold it and scrape with a non-sharp knife or finger nail.

My daughter in law brought me the baby's fleece blanket I had just made the baby and a candle had tipped over, splashing hot wax all over it. I threw it in the water on hot wash and it came out clean.

By Nancy (Guest Post)
January 12, 20091 found this helpful

I suggest using a paper bag which you would put on the material and then iron over the bag..the wax should come off on the bag and off your fleece; with fleece it might take a couple of bags (use a big bag and move it around as the wax gets on it, then use a clean spot) to do the trick but this works great for most materials. You may end up with a little spot, but if you do get a little cute iron on patch at your dollar store and cover it up; you should be good to go! good luck from Nancy in Prince Edward island Canada!


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January 12, 20091 found this helpful

You can usually get rid of wax by scraping off as much as you can and then using a press cloth of paper towels and iron the residue with a very low iron. In the end you be left with a grease spot which should respond to spot remover for oily stains.

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August 10, 2016

I had my martial arts belt (silk like material) left in the trunk of my car with several candles. The candles melted and my white belt is now purple, can I get it out even if it's been in there for several months.

Help me get my white belt white again.


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February 27, 20170 found this helpful

In order to get the extra wax out, you first scrape off what you can. Then you take an iron at a low setting, put a piece of brown or wax paper between the heated iron and your belt, and that should do it. If you don't have an iron, you can put the belt in the frezer so that the wax becomes brittle, then remove all the wax you can, then put the belt in boiling water to get at the rest.

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February 28, 20170 found this helpful

Freeze it and scrape it off.

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December 29, 2014

How do you get red wax out of a cotton blouse?

By Carol A from Cleveland, MS

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October 26, 2009

How do you get a candle wax stain out of clothing?

By Rob French from Brookfield, WI


January 1, 20100 found this helpful

I used the iron/towel transfer trick (in the archives below) and it worked well :)

November 18, 20100 found this helpful

I used the blow dryer, and it burnt my skirt. The wax is still there, and, Now I have a huge hole in my gorgeous skirt. :/

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December 12, 2015

My daughter sat on a wax strip this summer wearing some elastic sport shorts. They got washed and now I have no idea how to remove the wax.

I have tried the flat iron technique, but it only got a tiny amount of wax out. Please help!


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October 3, 20170 found this helpful

Removing Wax from Fabric

Step 1
Use a blowdryer

Step 2
Put the clothing in boiling water

Step 3
Try vegetable oil or carpet cleaner

Step 4
Put clothing in the freezer

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November 5, 2014

I got wax on a pair of pants and it dried before I found it. I put stain removal product on it and washed in cold water. After washing it is still there. What do I do? How do I get this out?

By Cindy

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April 29, 2013

How do you remove candle wax from a sweatshirt?

By Debbie


May 7, 20130 found this helpful

To remove candle wax from carpet, use a paper towel over the wax and a warm iron to melt the wax up into the paper towel. Use a fresh paper towel until the wax is gone. You might try this

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March 27, 2008

The Berghaus jacket is black. It's material : shell is nylon shell 100% with a polyurethane coating. Please help as it cost a lot of money.


March 29, 20080 found this helpful

If it's an expensive jacket, I would suggest you take it to a professional cleaner. =)

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October 15, 2006

How do you remove turtle wax stains from clothing?

Daphne from Toronto, ON


By Henri (Guest Post)
July 16, 20080 found this helpful

Here at the Turtle Wax help line, we recommend washing the clothes a few times (3 is a good number) to remove as much turtle wax as possible. Then, place rubbing alcohol on the remaining turtle wax and wash the garment again.

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October 19, 2012

Soy candle wax got on my cotton t-shirt, how do I get it out?

By Cassie

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October 29, 2010

Hot wax spilled on my favorite black shirt. How do I get it out?

By Jacqui Zollner from NJ

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October 28, 2008

How do I get red wax out of a white polyester Christmas dress? Last Christmas my daughter twirled her dress and knocked over a wax melt onto her dress. I haven't done anything with it because I believed there was nothing I could do.

Could someone please help and give me some suggestions as what I should do to restore this dress to its beautiful state?

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