If you want to know how to remove wax from jeans, you’re in luck! I tested out some things and figured out the best way to get wax out of jeans! You can get hot wax out of the affected area with a small amount of effort! Check out the stain removal tips below.
We celebrated my daughter’s birthday the typical way you do – with a birthday cake, candles, and singing “Happy Birthday.”
Somehow when moving the cake though, some of the birthday candle wax fell onto my jeans!
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I happen to like these pair of jeans and don’t have a ton that fit me anyway, so I did a little internet searching to see if I could find out the best way to remove wax from pants (like I did when I needed to figure out how to remove acrylic paint from jeans).
There were several methods out there, but the most popular option, and perhaps the easiest, was to just use a hot iron to transfer the wax onto a piece of paper before washing.
Sounded easy enough to me!
You can watch my Youtube video to see how it went below:
For written instructions, keep reading!
How to Remove Wax from Jeans
Supplies Needed for Candle Wax Removal
- Clothing Iron
- Ironing Board
- A thick piece of paper (paper bag, cardstock, drawing paper)
- Fels-Naphta Bar Soap
- Washing Machine
Instruction for Wax Removal from Clothes
Time needed: 1 hour.
How to Get Rid of Wax from Jeans
- Heat iron.
Get out your ironing board, plug in your iron, and set the temperature to the hottest setting appropriate for your clothing material.
- Put paper on top of wax stain on jeans.
Place your thick paper (like paper bag) on top of the wax that’s on your pants.
- Move iron over the wax.
With the paper between the iron and wax/jeans, slowly move the iron around to soak up the wax into the paper.
- Repeat as necessary.
Move the paper to a clean spot and place over the wax and repeat again to soak up more of the wax.
- Use Fels-Naptha soap to pre-treat before washing.
If there is still a wax residue on your pants, wet a bar of Fels-Naptha soap and scrub both sides of the jeans where the wax stain remains.
- Wash normally.
Now throw your jeans in the wash with some detergent as you normally would wash them.
- Check before drying.
Check your pants for wax stain residue before putting them in the dryer. If a stain still remain, try pre-treating and washing again.
- Dry & enjoy!
Assuming the stain seemed gone before drying, dry them and then enjoy your wax-free pants!
Other methods and things to try to remove wax from jeans include:
- Rub wax with an ice cube and then gently scrap off wax with butter knife, but most should just flake off.
- Place your jeans in the freezer, then scrape off wax.
- Use a hair dryer to heat it up then blot with paper towels.
Simple Tips for Removing A Lot Of Wax
When all else fails, keep trying! For the best results, here are a few more tips that can help you try and get out large candle wax stains or smaller stains from wax drippings and more.
Make sure that you let the wax dry. If you can first scrape off any of the spilled wax, that will help make the job that much easier. When the wax spills, just know that you might be able to pick a large portion of it off if you’re patient. If it’s too much wax, you’ll have to do a few more steps.
The good news is that wax spots can be taken care of fairly easily! No matter if it’s on your favorite shirt or a pair of jeans, the stained area can be fixed, for the most part.
Use a dull knife to scrape off the excess wax and then follow the rest of the tips above to get rid of any waxy residue. You can also try and use the edge of a credit card to take off the top of the wax stain. The best thing to do is get off as much of that top layer of the wax as possible. A sharp knife isn’t really necessary to use.
After scraping off the melted wax, go ahead and try to clean the remaining stain with alternative methods.
Good luck! I hope you find a method that will work great for you!
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