How to Get Wax Out of Clothes

Removing wax stains can be a bit of a challenge, but it can definitely save your clothes from ruin.

When removing wax drips from clothing, get away from the stain first! Once the wax hardens, it is easier to remove the wax, rather than letting it dry deeper into the fabric. Once the wax hardens, you can easily remove most of it. Next, you’ll want to use your trusty iron and paper towel to heat up the residue and transfer it to paper towels. Now you can pre-treat with Tide Ultra Stain Remover and a soft-bristled toothbrush before brushing. Read Tide’s step-by-step instructions for removing wax from clothes and removing wax stains.

Remove wax stains
Step 1
Eliminate excess

Remove the wax by letting it dry and scraping off the excess or by freezing your clothes and cutting off the frozen wax. To remove any remaining wax, place a white paper towel on both sides of the fabric and iron on low, no steam. Be careful not to keep the iron in one spot for too long.

Step 2
Pretreatment

If there is an oily stain left from the wax, apply Tide Ultra Stain Remover to the stain and gently rub the garment or use a soft-bristled toothbrush to transfer to the stain. Leave it for 5 minutes.

Step 3
Dose

To make sure you are using the right amount of detergent, use the cap and pour it into the detergent dispenser if you have an HE machine, or directly into the drum if you have a non-HE machine, before loading your clothes.

Step 4
Load

Put the clothes in the washing machine with other things without rinsing the detergent. Leaving your detergent on the stain will increase the cleaning power of your laundry.

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