How to Remove Candle Wax From a Cotton Cloth

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.