Removing Candle Wax from Dishwasher?

I put in some candle holders into my dishwasher and the wax melted and now all of my dishes come out with a waxy film. How can I get rid of the wax that is left over in my dishwasher?


By Edgar Pineda from Chicago, IL

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November 23, 20090 found this helpful

Perhaps try to run the dishwasher on its hottest setting (I know we have a sanitizing option) with a cup of vinegar. I also read somewhere that rubbing alcohol might help with candle buildup but I don't know if this can be used in dishwashers.

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November 24, 20090 found this helpful

There is a product you can buy in the supermarket to clean out the gunk that builds up in your dishwasher. You have to run it on the hottest setting. Just for this purpose I will turn up the temperature on my hot water heater. Just leave yourself a reminder to turn it down again when the cycle is done. As the seal on the bottle is wax, I am sure this product would remove all other traces of wax as well.

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November 22, 20160 found this helpful

Could you please share the name of the dishwasher gunk removing product I will need to look for in the grocery store? I make all of the candles I use and must recycle the containers. Although I do wash them by hand first and then in the dishwasher, I don't wash them with the other dishes I use since I have so many they can make a full load on their own.


I am just finding that I have had a grayish film begin to show on the inside of the door after the accumulation of time. I have added white vinegar and ammonia ( separately, not combined ) to the detergent and ran the dishwasher empty on the hottest cycle and it didn't help.

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April 10, 20190 found this helpful

Remove candle wax from dishwasher :
This link is to removing candle wax from drains... same principle but since the dishwasher also is connected to the drain and because the solutions are drain safe i think it should be fine for cleaning your dishwasher.

My Warning:
Remove all waxy dishes before cleaning your dishwasher! Some cleaning solutions are not dish safe, so set aside all the dishwasher contents to be cleaned later.


Hope this helps!


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