How to Clean Hair Removal Wax from Stuff


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.


  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:

    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 is 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

  15. Eva says:

    I agree with Melanie. I spilled some of the Gigi’s Self Pro Kit wax onto the carpet… that was hell to clean. I tried Melanie’s method, but revised a bit. I cut the paper towel into small 2×2 squares so that the area of heat would be more specific and concentrated. Then, I used my Conair hair dryer (it’s a baby one, travel size) so that the area of heat would again be more specific. The wax mostly came off. Then, I dabbed some baby oil, which you can substitute with olive oil, and let it dry. Finally, I washed it as usual and it came out smelling good and looking good. :)

  16. Brooke says:

    Okay, so I was using hair removal wax kit and somehow most of it didn’t want to peel off of my skin, so now I have two pairs of underwear that have purple sticky wax on it. How would I remove that without damaging the underwear?

  17. Tiffanie says:

    I dribbled some Brazilian wax on my new recliner; it’s hard wax that you microwave to use. I tried ironing an old towel to it, and most of the wax came up, but it left a stain. I dabbed it with rubbing alcohol and it’s just about gone. Next time I use this type of wax, I will surely cover the surface I’m working at!!

  18. Samantha says:

    Becca was right! I got creme wax on someone’s shirt and took an old towel and placed over the spot and ironed it (with a flat iron) and it melted onto the towel. Amazing! Thanks Becca.

  19. Jenna says:

    Acetone doesn’t work. I tried acetone nail polish remover, and luckily I tried it on an inconspicuous spot first, because it completely took the color off the leather.

  20. Anna says:

    I got hair removal wax on my tan-colored microfiber couch. I am a little afraid of using the remedies listed because I don’t want to further stain or ruin the couch. Any suggestions? Would the iron and paper towel trick work on this?

  21. Markus says:

    One of the best ways I know to lift large spills of this type of wax is to use the same muslin or cloth strips that cosmetologists use to remove this wax from the skin. Heat the wax very well with a blow dryer, gently and firmly work the strip into the wax in both directions, and then rip the whole strip very quickly from the surface while staying very close to it (rip ‘down’ the area…not ‘up’ or ‘away’). It may take a few tries to get it all, but you can get strips that are quite large for body waxing from any beauty supply store. Ever notice that they usually fold the used strip after they pull it from your skin and dab it along the area to remove any residue…? Same thing…Those strips are designed to absorb the wax and lift it away from your skin or any other surface it needs to be pulled from. Just remember to reheat the area every time you apply another strip to the spill!

  22. Julianna says:

    Seriously… Maybe no one here experienced this situation with strip wax; that’s a kind of that doesn’t become hard. I was using a small baggage to store all my waxing materials, and this wax just leaked over all the stuff, but specially the interior of the baggage. I tried pure acetone that I use to clean the wax warmer.
    A mess… I got so frustrated and after reading this website, tried the iron (just melted more of the wax) and oil (made it oily). I poured a lot of Vanish (pink version) over this mess of oil and acetone and put it under very hot water, brushing like my life depended on it. The Vanish with water simply liquefied the wax. :) Good luck! PS: Before start, I did wear rubber gloves and an old cleaning brush!

  23. Laurdess says:

    Olive oil will work. However, you then have to deal with the oil stain. Hot water (near boiling should be poured on the cloth to break up the oil stain), then immediately wash them. If it’s on a couch, you can have the same effect; use the olive oil and then call a truck-mounted steam cleaner. I am a hairdresser and made a HUGE mistake putting carpet in our waxing room. Very expensive lesson learned.

  24. Ann says:

    Kittens knocked over a full container of Sally Hansen Brazilian Formula wax into bathtub with a textured surface. Ugh. Would not harden (despite ice!).
    De-bulked the mess by scraping it off with Popsicle sticks. Poured olive oil over areas with residue (basically 1/2 of the tub). Heated up sections of the tub with a hairdryer and scrubbed with paper towel…
    Removed the oil residue with a generic spray & wipe cleaner.
    40 minutes later, I have a clean tub.
    Thankfully the kittens did not step in wax!!!

  25. Reggi says:

    I tried brake cleaner, WD-40, and finally 91% isopropyl alcohol. The alcohol softened it enough to scrape most of the wax up. Lots of elbow grease helped. Always test patch first.

  26. Melissa says:

    Followed Kathy’s advice with olive oil. I didn’t want to use heat because it was sticky enough. The olive oil worked great! I used small amounts, wiped it off, and repeated until all the wax was gone.

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