How to Clean Hair Removal Wax from Stuff

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Stephanie asked: How do remove hair removal wax from jeans? I had a hair removal wax kit that accidentally got knocked over in my closet shelf. The wax in the container began spilling out and now is all over my jeans and a little bit on the floor. How can I take this out without throwing out my clothes?

Hair removal wax is similar to other types of wax and can be removed with the same simple steps. Follow the methods found in our guide How to Remove Candle Wax Stains. For instructions on removing it from the carpet, follow the steps in our guide How to Remove Wax from Carpet.

While these methods are safe for removing wax from clothing and carpeting, they should NOT be used to remove excess wax from skin. In these cases, follow the directions for use on the package instructions.

Comments

  1. Debbie says:

    Real hair removal wax has honey in it; it cannot harden. It will not harden (just try to freeze honey) and I have managed to spill a whole canister of it on my freshly folded laundry! It would be great if I could just harden and scrape it off, but that’s not going to happen. Any other ideas?

  2. Jessie says:

    I spilled ‘hair removal wax’ on my couch and jeans last year. I tried everything.
    Freezing did not work at all! I have no idea why people say it works! Maybe freezing works for small spots of wax, but not larger gooey patches of wax.

    Finally, after going through the chemicals in our garage, I realized that paint thinner takes it off.

    It really smells, because it evaporates fast, so make sure you do it in a well ventilated room.

    I read online that paint thinner can contain acetone or white spirit, so potentially they alone could work. There is acetone in most nail polish removers so you can also give that a try.
    Also, it is the same stuff that is in “lighter fuel” (eg: Ronsonol).

    I would suggest putting some more of the hair removal wax on an old T-Shirt and attempt to remove it from there first, so you don’t ruin your nice sheets or jeans in case the method backfires on you, but for me it came off perfectly.

    I just put the paint thinner on the couch and rubbed it off with a towel.

    I am sure it will work for you, but like I said, I urge you to experiment first on an old T-shirt to be sure!

  3. Kathy says:

    Ok, this worked. Olive oil directly on the wax; rub gently. It seems to thin the wax out. Now, hand wash with Dawn or Palmolive dish soap and hot water. Then, wash as normal. Saved one top and silver jeans.

  4. Becca says:

    If you put a towel or old rag over the wax and then iron on the cloth, the wax sticks to the cloth and comes off. That’s a Martha Stewart trick.

  5. Amy says:

    Get your item of clothing and with a paper towel and a hot iron, iron over the waxed area. This works a treat! I just did a bit and checked after a few seconds. Doesn’t need much. I had wax used to remove hair at a salon on my clothes. Annoying, but it can be fixed!

  6. Lynne says:

    Read all the comments above after finding beauticians wax on the back of my new linen dress. Tried to iron it out using brown paper, then tried a paper towel. Next was the nail polish remover; all with no success. Finally, with nothing to lose, I tried Kathy’s suggestion of applying olive oil onto the wax, rubbing it in, then using dish washing detergent (Morning Fresh) and followed by hand washing the dress. Pleased to advise that it worked. Thanks Kathy.

  7. Trish says:

    Hey, thank you all for your input. I’ll try some of these & let you know how it went. :-)

  8. Cindy says:

    Baby oil! Not too much of it; just a dab. Rub with your fingers and then follow with a little bit of Palmolive and water. Laundry wash, and you’ll be all set! Just got it off my bathrobe. Good luck! :-)

  9. Anu says:

    Hi Guys,
    Mine is a delicate crepe fabric which has caught the hair removing wax on it.
    I am really scared of an expensive dress being ruined. Just wondering which of these experiments would be least risky.
    Please suggest friends??
    Thanks in advance! :)

  10. Louane says:

    Was storing my hair removal wax on a shelf in my clothes closet. It spilled without me knowing and it ran into a dress jacket, some blouses, and a hooded sweater. Plus the shelf it was sitting on was quite full of the wax so we threw that out. I got a bit on my walls and on the rod that my clothes were on. I tried (on my most expensive dress jacket) to use an iron and paper to soak up excess wax. Then I put the baby oil on it and now I am soaking it to see if it will work. If that works, I may take more of my clothes out of the garbage and fix them. Crossing my fingers. What a mess.

  11. Louane says:

    I tried it all and none of it worked for me. Guess there was just too much wax on to begin with.

  12. Pamela says:

    I got hair removal wax on my coat. Can somebody tell me how to get it out?

  13. Divi says:

    Spilled honey wax on my stove top. :(
    What a mess… removed most of it, but there is still left out which makes it impossible to clean. Heated up the stove and cleaned only the heated part and was unable to clean other stove surface where heat cannot be reached…
    Can anyone suggest something please.

  14. Melanie says:

    Divi,
    Use the method for removing wax from carpet with heat: place a brown paper bag or paper towels on top of the wax, then run a warm iron (no steam – lowest heat setting) over the bag/towels. The wax will melt and absorb into the paper. You could use a hair dryer instead of an iron if wanted; just hold it a couple inches over the paper towels. Make sure the stove if off and cool while you do this so that you don’t accidentally start a fire.
    Source: How To Clean Stuff – How to Remove Wax from Carpet

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