How to Clean Spilled Candle Wax

Today I learned a great, NEW cleaning tip-

How to Clean Spilled Candle Wax from Your Walls and Carpet!

One big, spilled, waxy mess on your walls and carpet?
(and this picture was taken 1/2 way thru the clean-up process, so imagine it twice as bad!)

Well, first you get a kitchen sponge, then laugh at yourself for even thinking the wax would “wipe up”.

Then you start scraping your fingernails and a plastic fork along the wall and you realize how much you hate textured walls!

In desperation, you are handed a lighter (from your husband) to try melting the wax off the wall without burning it and hoping the carpet doesn’t catch fire. (And to think, this very month I am teaching my preschoolers about fire safety! HA!)

When all that fails, you head to the computer and find this fabulous idea on!

Items Needed:

Paper Lunch Bags

Simply place the bag over the spilled wax, turn the iron onto the lowest setting and begin to “iron” the bag. Keep it moving and in just seconds, the wax begins to be adsorbed by the paper bag! It worked for the carpet and the wall and it took no time at all! It was amazing to watch and it kept me and Leah entertained and amused the entire time. Apparently it works for all surfaces and fabrics! Sweet!

(No, my iron wasn’t burned during this, it has been that way forever!)

From this, I leaned:

1. is fantastic.

2. Keep your wax burner off the carpet.

3. I am a little obsessed with innovative ways to clean, it might become a problem!

Did anyone else not know this or was it just news to me?

This idea was originally featured on Somewhat Simple in April of 2009

Wife, mom of 5, and creator of Somewhat Simple, Stephanie has a passion to create and inspire. She is an Orange County transplant who is now enjoying life in Phoenix, AZ. She enjoys traveling, shopping, organizing, cooking and creating simple projects for her home and family.
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  1. April in CT says

    What a great idea! I guess after the shock of all that mess a neat way to clean it up helped a little! lol

  2. Lindsay Phenes says

    This is also a fantastic idea! Another tried-and-true solution is a hair-dryer and paper towel. I had my Scentsy wall plug-in in the outlet behind my couch (it has recliners so they don't fit right against the wall). One day I had my nieces over and they chased each other behind my couches & knocked my warmer out of the wall. So out came the hair dryer.
    *We now have the rule that nobody goes behind the couches lol*

  3. k. davis says

    Oh how this is the perfect tip for today… I NO KIDDING just spilled a bunch of candlewax all over my floor!

  4. Darla says

    If your iron is a non-stick surface, try ironing over a piece of crumbled aluminum foil to get the burned spot off. I have a craft iron that has ironed just about every type of thing imaginable and it always cleans up nicely with a piece of foil.

  5. says

    Oh, I knew that! It’s how me and my husband got together… He had candle wax on his jacket and I offered to take it home and get rid of it…

  6. Jessica says

    Thanks for sharing! One of the first grade teachers I work with has a wax problem on a wall at school! I am going to send her the link! :-)

  7. Holly says

    I have cleaned up spilled wax using an old towel and iron. Then you don’t have to worry about the iron. I found this out a couple of years ago when I spilt wax from a candle warmer all over the floor in my dorm room. Thankfully mom was around to help clean up.

  8. Cherie says

    Thank you for the tips!!! I’ve been hiding the wax spill behind the blanket stand.
    Now I can de-clutter that side of the room; and reveal the wall again!
    Happy hint-hunting to us all… 😉

  9. Kelly says

    Two giant candles spilt so much red wax all overy our white carpet… the wax spills are huge. How do I get that much up from two giant candles? Will the iron & wrag trick work?

  10. TiffanyBrazil says

    Ok here’s the simple solution to wax on the wall I freaked yesterday when my daughter bumped mine and sent blue wax all over my white wall so I took a pizza cutter and tried but I was scared of scratching the wall and I sure wasn’t about to iron it so I took a dust pan and the small hand held broom thing scrunch the bristles up and go to town the wax turns to like dust and leaves no oil mark or burn mark and all the wax came off I was so surprised. I just swept up the mess no big deal.

  11. Amethyst says

    How do you get the spilled wax off of your candle melts warmer?? I had a party for my husband and when everyone left I noticed wax on the walls, carpet, and all over the warmer ugh. I got it off the carpet with the iron trick but not sure what to do about the warmer? Please help I love that warmer!