How to Remove Leftover Wax From the Bikini Line

by Sarah Vrba
Bikini-line skin is sensitive, but some common household items can help soothe and remove wax residue.

Bikini-line skin is sensitive, but some common household items can help soothe and remove wax residue.

You're ready to toss your razors and try waxing unwanted hair away, only to find that many salons charge as much as $80.00 for a full bikini-line wax. At-home options are much more affordable and can produce nearly the same results as a salon visit. If you choose to remove unwanted hair at home, an unsavory side effect is often sticky, relentless, leftover wax clinging to your thighs. Fortunately, some very simple home products can slick away that unwanted residue and soothe your skin at the same time.

Soothe and Smooth

Fill a small basin or sink with very warm water. Place a tightly closed bottle of mineral or baby oil into the tub for about five minutes to gently warm the oil and increase its effectiveness.

Pour a dime-sized amount of the warm baby or mineral oil onto your clean fingers. Smooth the oil onto the affected area with your fingers and allow to soak in and soften the wax for about 30 seconds.

Wipe the affected area clean with a soft cloth or cotton rounds. Use firm but gentle circular motions to remove the wax buildup.

Reapply oil as needed to any areas where there is extra buildup.

Wipe off any leftover oil using a clean cotton round once you have removed the residual wax. A bit of leftover oil is fine and can help to moisturize skin that has been freshly waxed and exfoliated.

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Items you will need

  • Small basin or sink
  • Baby or mineral oil
  • Soft cotton cloth or cotton rounds


  • If you used stripless wax, use a ball of used wax and press it to the affected area. The old wax will carry the leftover wax away with it, leaving your skin clean.
  • When waxing, always apply a thin, even layer to a small area to avoid that soft, hard-to-remove, wax build-up. This technique will also make waxing much less painful.

About the Author

Sarah Vrba has been a writer and editor since 2006. She has contributed to "Seed," "AND Magazine," Care2 Causes and "202 Magazine," among other outlets, focusing on fashion, pop culture, style and identity. Vrba holds an M.A. in history with an emphasis on gender and fashion in the 19th century.

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