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How do you get wax out of clothing?

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Remove wax from washable fabrics using a process of chilling the wax to harden it, scraping any excess away and then ironing between sheets of brown craft paper so the wax melts and the paper absorbs it. Materials required include the craft paper, an iron and an ice cube.

  1. Cool the wax

    Lowering the temperature of soft wax causes it to form a hard solid that is easier to remove from the fabric. Use an ice cube to chill the wax. For larger wax stains, place the garment in the freezer overnight.

  2. Scrape away the excess wax

    Use the dull edge of a knife to lift and scrape away any excess wax. Most of it should release from the fabric easily.

  3. Melt and absorb the remaining wax

    Place several layers of craft paper on top of an ironing board. Place the garment on the ironing board and another layer of the paper on top of it. Place a warm iron on the top layer of paper over the stain. As the wax melts and is absorbed, move the paper to provide a fresh spot. Continue ironing and moving the paper until all wax is released.

  4. Launder the garment

    Some waxes leave an oily stain. Pretreat the stain with a laundry solvent, and wash in the warmest water safe for the garment.


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