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How to Remove Wax from Clothing

Getting wax out of clothes is easy if you follow the right processes and have patience. To remove the wax, freeze it and scrape it off. After the item has been soaked for one hour, it can be washed. Depending on how long you soak, this method can take at least three hours. 

To get started, simply follow these five steps. Handling the stain quickly is the key to keeping it from spreading and setting in. It is always a good idea to check the care label for any specific instructions before treating a stain, such as hot, cold, or dry cleaning. 

STEP 1: FREEZE THE WAX, THEN SCRAPE IT OFF CAREFULLY

Freeze the wax for at least 30 minutes to remove it. If you attempt to remove warm wax, it will spread and stain the fabric. When the wax has hardened, scrape off as much as you can with a dull knife or credit card.

STEP 2: APPLY DISH SOAP DIRECTLY TO THE WAX STAIN

You can clean the wax stain by applying a small amount of dish soap to the fabric's front and back. Be sure not to mix the soap with water, scrub, or rinse it. Wait about 30 minutes before rinsing.

Blue laundry detergent being poured onto a cloth

STEP 3: SOAK THE CLOTHES FOR AT LEAST ONE HOUR

In a glass or plastic bowl or bucket, combine a drop of liquid dish soap with several cups of hot water. Let it soak overnight. A stain that soaks for a long time is more likely to come out clean. Soak for at least an hour. After soaking the item, thoroughly rinse it under warm running water, rinsing off any dish soap residue to avoid excessive suds in your washing machine.

The interior of a Maytag washing machine with various clothing items

STEP 4: USE THE HEAVY SOIL SETTING TO WASH

The best way to wash your items in a washing machine is by using an intense setting, like the Extra Power button on Maytag washers. It helps dissolve hot and cold water stains in a single wash cycle with a dual-temperature wash that boosts stain-fighting on any cycle. Wash with the warmest water the care tag recommends, and dry with your regular detergent.

A finger pressing the Extra Power button on a Maytag washer

For white loads, add ½ cup of chlorine bleach to the bleach dispenser. For coloured loads, add ½ cup of colour-safe oxygenated bleach or baking soda to the washer, as directed in your Use and Care Guide.

OXYGEN BLEACH VS. CHLORINE BLEACH
Generally, oxygen bleach is a safe bleach alternative to traditional chlorine bleach. It comes in liquid or powder form and is colourless and fragrance-free. Products that begin with "Oxy" do not belong to the bleach family, but to the stain removers category.

STEP 5: LINE DRY AND REPEAT IF NECESSARY

Line dry your item: heat from a dryer will set any stain left behind that you can’t see while the fabric is wet. Repeat the process as necessary if the stain persists after it dries.

Hands placing a piece of fabric on a drying rack

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