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How-To: Remove Candle Wax


There's nothing more romantic than a candlelit dinner, but waking up to a table covered in wax is no picnic. Before you reach for a razorblade that will scratch up your gorgeous dining table, or even think about tossing your tablecloth in the washer, I have some tips for safely and easily removing that candle wax. If the wax has dripped onto a hard surface like a metal, wooden, or glass table, use a blow dryer to melt the wax. As it liquefies, wipe up the melted max with a paper towel or a cotton rag. To hear how to remove wax from your table linens,


  1. Begin by scratching away as much of the wax as you can with a dull knife. Don't pick too hard if you have delicate linens.
  2. Now, lay a piece of newspaper or kraft paper down on your ironing board. Set the waxy portion of your tablecloth on top of that, and then lay down another piece of paper. You can also use a piece of brown paper bag (i.e. lunch bag) for this.
  3. Turn your iron on low-medium and slowly iron over the paper. The paper should absorb the wax as it liquefies. Lift up the paper to check that it's working, and increase the heat and replace the newspaper or kraft paper if necessary.
  4. Next, wash your linens or have them dry cleaned.
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Home Home 8 years
Yep, freezing is another trick, morgs. I like to pop my votive holders in the freezer to get the wax out easily, but unfortunately my dining table doesn't fit in there!
nancita nancita 8 years
Great tip about the blow dryer. I have a bunch of wax everywhere after a power outage the other night!
Asche Asche 8 years
Or, do as Goddess Martha says and freeze the object. Works like a charm. If you can't put it in the freezer, rub an ice cube on it (the table, for instance), then pull the wax of easily with no residue remaining!
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
This works!
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