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Casa Quickie: Banishing Candle Wax

If you're like me, you've had a candle drip onto a wool rug or carpet a time or two. Luckily, my mom told me about an easy way to get wax out of carpets. Just place a folded paper towel over the wax and then press down on it with a warm iron (no steam) for about 10 seconds. The wax should lift up onto the paper towel. Then, just flip the paper over to a non-waxed spot on the paper towel, until you've lifted all of the wax up.


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veronicaraye veronicaraye 9 years
thanks, thats awesome!
SugarFreak SugarFreak 9 years
Funny...i learned the same thing from my mom. Go moms!
gruaig_rua gruaig_rua 9 years
I was going to suggest that too Laurie
lizzy112189 lizzy112189 9 years
well, i heard of a way to stop the drips before they happen. somebody told me that if you soak your candles in salt water, it prevents them from dripping. you just take the candles, and soak them in the salt water and pat-dry and viola no more drip!!
LaLaLaurie06 LaLaLaurie06 9 years
or a paper bag works!
tati33 tati33 9 years
I tried this..but at first it didnt remove the then my mom and i pressed it a little longer and we burned the rug! be careful works just be careful!
shulvrkrp shulvrkrp 9 years
martha recommends ice, but I've never had luck with it...
bhilb bhilb 9 years
This same method works on wood, but, in my experience, the wax left an oily-looking stain on the wood.
ElleJay ElleJay 9 years
this is really good to know! i dripped a bunch of wax on this really pretty table runner i have about 2 years ago... now maybe i can get it out !
karisaamy karisaamy 9 years
What about a way to get it off of soft wood without scratching the wood? That's my problem right now.
Le-Luxe Le-Luxe 9 years
Genius! I actually have wax on my carpet right now- and I tried scraping it off with a spoon and using an ice cube on it, but no luck. Good to know!
sofi sofi 9 years
if you get any on clothing, find a clean handkerchief or a thin linen that isn't too valuable and iron (no steam) the clothing with the linen on top. Keep moving the linen so a clean portion is on top of the stain until it all comes out- works incredibly! Also, if you get it on furniture or something, grab a paper towel and your hairdryer- gently blast the stain with your dryer and collect the wax with the paper towel as it melts.
beingtazim beingtazim 9 years
i've used this one before and yes - it really does work!
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