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Getting Candle Wax Out of Material!

Updated on May 9, 2015


I don’t personally know of anybody (especially females ;) that don’t love candles! They’re almost the perfect thing from a quiet evening at home soaking in a hot bath, to a romantic setting in the Villa, and of course the Christmas candles we love!

It seems like the most annoying thing ever to get candle wax on something you love, or even in the carpet. It doesn't look like it'll ever come out but no worries, it'll come out and if you're tenacious enough you can get every bit of color out too.

After I tell you how to get it out as promised, I'll give you a few other candle tips to help your candles last!


This candle is definitely going to drip onto something.

For instance lets say it just went onto your darker color carpet and it's new carpet!

You're going to need two things! Easy right? Maybe 3 if you count electricity!


  • An iron, preferably one you don't use or an old one. If you don't have one, then an old curling iron that you will never use or keep just for this purpose. Cleaning the wax off has to be done when it's hot so save yourself from getting burned and use one that is just specifically for wax!
  • Newspaper or a lot of paper that does not matter to you, it's going to soak up all the drippy wax that just landed on your carpet!

That's it for what you'll need!


The first thing you do is just snap off any dried wax, getting it out of the way.

You might as well get as much off as you can before you use the heating process.

Then heat up your old iron, and get your newspaper or maybe some paper without print, either will work just fine. But if you worry about the print going onto the cloth, you might want to use plain paper. I don't think it matters though because it's worked like a charm for me.

Get any size paper and one page will be good to start with. Place the paper over the wax and slide the heated iron over where the wax is.

You'll see the paper look wet, that's the wax transferring onto the paper. While it's still warm move to a dry area of the paper and repeat that process and don't use the same wet area's or you'll put it back on the cloth or carpet.

If it's carpet, once you get down to the individual fiber, you will be able to turn them. Do so. Then before you know it, you'll be able to toss that wet looking paper out and if need be clean the iron by just ironing something you no longer need. Best choice would be more paper or old cloth.

Try to wipe it away from the center if you use that iron for anything else. That way you are less likely to put wax in the center of the iron and accidentally get it on clothing.

This short process can be categorized as the old iron and the paper as recycled, and you've saved the carpet, or clothing or a doily!


Here's a couple of little tricks for pillar candles or any that are hard to blow out if you don't have a candle snuffer handy or just want them out early before they burn down too low.

As usual you can put your hand behind them to blow them out, but you risk blowing wax back onto cloth and of course maybe a tiny hot ember to hurt you're hand. To avoid that just hold your hand behind if you like or use something flame proof like an old plate or saucer.

Hold your finger in front of the flames straight up just like the candle. Blow on your finger and if you have blown hard enough the air will have went around your finger and encased the flame, snuffing it out. The candles have to have a straight flame not like the one in the photo next to this.

Most newer candles are made to be non drip but they still have some that do. Which ever you choose please be careful with what you do

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