Removing Candle Wax From Fabric

Dear Home Ec 101,
I accidentally spilled some candle wax on my favorite pair of jeans. What should I do to get it out?
Waxy Buildup

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Ivy says:

This is actually a fairly simple fix. First, scrape off any excess with a butter knife. Then all you need to do is take a warm iron and some paper grocery sacks and iron it. Keep moving the sack around so it absorbs the wax. If there’s any left, just pre-treat the stain with some Goo Gone or Goof Off and wash as you normally would. Easy peasy!

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  1. Candle Queen on August 24, 2009 at 10:32 pm

    Hey, I love those candles, did you make them yourself or did you buy them? If you made them, I would love to know more.

  2. Chucker on August 12, 2008 at 8:19 pm

    I once stayed at a hotel in Atlanta that had a new piece of carpet sewn in…in the shape of an iron! Duh.

  3. Lotte on August 12, 2008 at 1:25 pm

    I have also successfully used bounty paper towels to absorb the wax in place of the brown paper.

    Just be careful that you don’t have the heat set too high for whatever you are removing the wax from. I know of someone who melted a patch of a nylon carpet because the iron was set too high!

  4. virginia on August 12, 2008 at 12:50 pm

    Also, if you happen to be a scrapbooker or a stamper and have a heat embossing gun, it works well with that too, instead of an iron. 😉

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