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How to Remove Candle Wax from Your Stuff

How to Remove Candle Wax from Your Stuff lifehacker Deadspin Gizmodo Jalopnik Jezebel Kotaku Lifehacker index Skillet Two Cents Vitals App directory Gear How to Remove Candle Wax from Your Stuff Melanie Pinola 8/25/11 2:00pm Filed to: Crash Course How To Household MacGyver Macgyver tips 18 1 Edit Promote Dismiss Undismiss Share to Kinja Toggle Conversation tools Go to permalink There's nothing like the ambience of candles—and nothing quite like hardened candle wax to try to pry off your furniture or floors. Here's how to get the wax stains off; there's even a bonus MacGuyver tip for carpets. Advertisement Large pieces of hardened wax will probably pull off very easily, but for the little pieces still stuck, you can use either heat or freezing cold to help you remove wax from cloth, walls, floors, or wood surfaces. The Cold Method Advertisement Take some ice or, better yet, an ice pack and apply it to the wax to freeze it. Then gently scrape the wax off with a thin object like a credit card. Don't use anything too sharp like a knife or you might damage the surface you're trying to remove the wax from. For wooden surfaces, if any wax residue remains, rub in some cream furniture wax to the area which might help get the residue out. The Heat Method On hard surfaces, use a hair dryer to melt the wax and rub off with a cloth. For carpets, we've previously featured this MacGyver tip: put a paper bag on top of the wax, then iron over the bag, pressing gently until all the wax is transferred to the paper bag. You can also use the ironing and paper bag method to remove wax from fabrics, like tablecloths. Put one bag (or some newspaper) under the cloth and one on top and iron on medium heat until all the wax is transferred to the bag. Repeat as necessary. That's it! No more melted wax troubles, hopefully. Photo by Banjo Brown . Sponsored Crash Course is a twice-weekly series of guides to life skills everyone should know but you may have been afraid to ask. Do you have an everyday problem you wish someone had taught you to solve? Let us know at tips+crashcourse@lifehacker.com. You can follow or contact Melanie Pinola, the author of this post, on Twitter . Gear from Kinja Deals The Best Black Friday Deals Available Right Now I Bought Glass Shower Doors On Amazon, Twice Anker's Powerful, Water-Resistant SoundCore Sport XL Is Also Down To Its Lowest Price Reply 18 replies Leave a reply You may also like Sploid Why Do Marvel Movies Look Kind of Bad? Yesterday 7:14pm Jezebel Chattanooga Bus Driver May Have Asked Children If They Were 'Ready to Die' Before Fatal Crash Today 6:10am Gizmodo What Donald Trump Told Tim Cook on the Phone Today 7:17am Recent from Melanie Pinola 44 43 217.9K Lifehacker · Melanie Pinola Top 10 Evil Ways to Use Technology 10/28/16 5:00pm 19 86 287.7K Lifehacker · Melanie Pinola Top 10 Ways to Hack Your Grill 5/27/16 8:00am 3 14 19.4K Lifehacker · Melanie Pinola Cook Puff Pastry in Your Waffle Iron for a Croissant-Like Treat 5/14/16 12:00pm Share Tweet About Blog Need Help? Content Guide Lifehacker Store Redirecting to the Lifehacker store in Disclaimer: You are leaving a Gizmodo Media Group, LLC website and going to a third party site, which is subject to its own privacy policy and terms of use. Continue Permissions Privacy Terms of Use Advertising Jobs RSS ©2016 Gizmodo Media Group Kinja is in read-only mode. We are working to restore service.