How to Get Wax Out of a Candle Jar 4 Ways (That Actually Work)

Before You Begin

If the garment or table linen is labeled as dry clean only, allow the wax to harden, and then carefully remove with a dull edge. As soon as possible, take the garment to a dry cleaner, and identify the stain. If you opt to use a home dry-cleaning kit, be sure to treat the stain with the provided stain remover before putting the garment in the dryer bag.


Be aware of when wax may spill. As a candle burns down, the wax may drip onto fabrics. Melted wax can also splatter onto clothes and table linens when someone blows out a candle. Always use a candle snuffer, or place your hand behind the flame when blowing out a candle.

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The bottom line

Candle wax impacts not only the aesthetic of your carpet but also its texture. However, with the right tools and procedure, you can easily get rid of candle wax from your carpet. With the above techniques, holiday and birthday parties will not have to end on a sour note, and there will be no need to cry over spilled wax.

2. Use Boiling Water

Hot water can also be used to remove wax. Put the candle on a surface protected with a towel or newspaper. Use a butter knife or spoon to remove as much wax as you can. Pour boiling water into the container, leaving room at the top. (If your candle is made of a soft wax, such as soy wax, you can use hot water that’s not boiling.) The boiling water will melt the wax and it will float to the top. Let the water cool and remove the wax. Strain the water to get rid of any small wax bits. (Don’t pour wax down the drain.) Scrape any remaining wax and clean with soap and water.


Cleaning your metal candle holder need not be a chore, and there are easy ways to get your holder clean and shiny again. If you use candles frequently, consider investing in some drip-proof candles and ensure you set your candles in a draft-free position.

Things You’ll Need

  • Clothing
  • Water
  • Heat source (iron, boiling water, or a blow dryer)
  • Possibly baking soda or vegetable oil
  • Paper towels, thin cloths, or brown paper bags

3. Place Your Candle Holder in a Pot of Boiling Water

Measure the length of your candle holder and find an appropriate pan that easily fits its dimensions. Keep a pair of forceps handy to remove your candlestick to prevent yourself from any water burns.

Create a space near your sink or stove with a protective cloth and holder such as a cookie sheet to ensure you don’t damage the surfaces around your stove.

It is essential that you prepare your sink correctly and close the drain when conducting this exercise. Melted wax may cause havoc with your plumbing once it hardens in your pipes. Allow the wax to cool in your container and strain the wax before you empty the water into your sink.

  1. Bring a pot of water to boil in your chosen pot that fits the dimensions of your metal candle holder.
  2. Once the water boils, turn off your heat and allow the water to move down from a vigorous boil to prevent burns.
  3. With oven mitts to protect your hands, gently lower your holder into the pot of water and allow it to rest for several minutes in the hot water.
  4. The wax will melt and rise to the surface of your water. Remove the holder carefully with forceps and place it on your prepared cloth nearby, ensuring you do not scald yourself with the heated water.
  5. Wipe the still warm holder with a cloth to remove any wax residue while it is still warm.
  6. Wash the candlestick with dishwashing liquid and dry thoroughly.

Step 3: Fabric

I’ve found that table cloths are the most common fabric that runs into candle wax, but aprons, dishtowels and other fabrics are no exception either.  Whatever your fabric, as long as it’s washable, follow these simple steps to remove wax and potential stains. You are going to combine the methods from step 1 (freezing) and step 2 (heat and iron). We’ll remove as much wax as we can with the ice cube method first, to minimize the risk of staining the fabric further. We’ll finish with step 2 to remove as much remaining wax as we can by absorbing it. If you are worried at all, please take your fabric to your local cleaners.Materials:
  • Ice Cube
  • Plastic Card or A Dull Butter Knife
  • Paper towels
  • Old Dish Towel
  • Iron
  • Place an ice cube on top of your wax stain and leave for several minutes. *You could also put the entire fabric item in the freezer, if it is a large stain.
  • Scrape the wax with either a plastic card at a 45 degree angle or the back side of the blade of a dull butter knife while pulling the fabric taut. Remove as much of the wax as possible. 
  • Place a paper towel folded in half on top of and below your wax stain. 
  • Place your old dish towel on top of the paper towel that is currently on top. This will prevent wax from getting on your iron.
  • With a hot iron (temperature set for your particular fabric), make sweeping motions on top of your dish towel. Keep the iron moving so that it doesn’t burn your towel. 
  • Replace paper towels as it absorbs wax. A fresh paper towel will continue to absorb wax. If you leave the same paper towel, the wax will continue to melt from the paper towel and spread.
  • Let your fabric dry and send it through the wash!
  • If a wax stain persists, or if it was colored wax, use your favorite stain remover appropriate for you fabric and wash again.
NOTE: For this step, washable fibers include the following: cotton, linen, modacrylic, nylon, polyester, spandex, and washable wool. NOTE #2: Darker candles (dark purples, blues, reds, greens, etc) will leave longer lasting and harder to remove stains. At the very least you should be able to lighten it significantly with this method if not get rid of it all together. 


  • Hair dryers can burn cloth if held too close to the fabric, especially on high heat.

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Preventing Wax From Getting On Your Carpet

I will not lie, getting wax out of carpet is a cho

I will not lie, getting wax out of carpet is a chore that most of us can do without. It, as you can see, is not hard, it is just really annoying. The way you can avoid this is with a little prevention and I have a few tips for you.

Look for candle holders that are less likely to fall over when the slightest breeze blows by! I actually got some nice ones that even have a little extra part to them to catch any potential dripping wax.

Think about where you are placing your candles. After the second time, I decided that the living room coffee table is not the best place for candles when I have a dog running around. Candles are fantastic, but think about where you are placing them.


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How to Reuse Candle Jars

If you didn’t see our article on ways to repurpose your candle jars, we have listed some easy ways to breathe life back into these beauties:

  • Freshen up your space with a new flower vase
  • Store your matches
  • Jewelry holder
  • Reuse as a tealight holder
  • A new cocktail glass. (Try using it for one of our coastal cocktail recipes!)
  • Plant small house plants like succulents
  • Office supply holder for pencils, scissors, rubber bands, and more
  • Your new makeup brush holder
  • Fancy q-tip storage (use your candle lids for premium storage and stacking)
  • Get creative and store your paintbrushes or art supplies in these jars

Step 6: Done!

You’re done! Hopefully this helped you remove wax from wherever you’ve had it dry recently. So light those candles and enjoy your next romantic evening, birthday, or other celebration.