How to Remove Candle Wax From a Cotton Cloth

by Misty S. Bledsoe ; Updated September 28, 2017

Most candles tend to drip as they burn. If they aren’t kept on surface intended to catch melted wax such as a candle holder with a rim around the base or on tin foil with the sides folded up, then potentially, the candle wax can land on cotton cloth such as clothing or a table cloth. Candle wax can spill onto these surfaces if the candle is not completely cool before moving it or splatter onto the cloth if someone blows the candles out with too much force. Removing the candle wax stain does not have to be complicated.

Items you will need

  • Paper towels
  • Iron
  • Butter knife, dull
  • Rubbing alcohol (optional)
  • Water (optional)
  • Sponge (optional)
Step 1

Plug in the iron and set it a medium to high heat. On irons with settings only dictated by fabric types, choose settings for cotton or cotton blends. Leave the iron upright as it warms.

Step 2

Spread the cloth out on a flat surface and scrape any extra wax off with the backside of a dull butter knife. Then turn the knife over and gently scrape again to remove any in the fibers taking extreme care not to tear or puncture the cloth.

Step 3

Lay down a paper towel and then place the stained portion of the cloth on top of the paper towel. Take another paper towel and place it over the wax stain. You should now have a wax stained cloth “sandwich” between two pieces of paper towel.

Step 4

Rub the iron over the paper towels until the wax begins to melt. The wax will absorb into the paper towels. It will not take much heat to accomplish this. The stain may be completely gone when you are finished. If any waxy residue remains, then follow step five.

Step 5

Mix one part rubbing alcohol with two parts water. Dip the sponge in this solution and blot the stain to finish removing the last of the residue.

Tips

  • It will not take much force to get the wax to melt. If the wax stain is particularly large, you will need to replace the paper towels with fresh ones as you iron.

Warnings

  • Do not allow your skin to touch the iron to avoid burns and don’t allow the iron to rest on the stain longer than two seconds if you are not moving the iron back and forth over the stain. Exercise caution when maneuvering the iron as the wax will spread through the paper towel faster than you may expect. The melted wax will be extremely hot. Do not forget to turn the iron off and unplug it when you are finished. Allow it to cool completely before putting it away.

Photo Credits

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About the Author

Misty S. Bledsoe has been writing since 1995. She specializes in writing about religion, technology and solar concepts, and her articles appear on various websites. She holds a Bachelor of Science in information technology from American Intercontinental University.