How to Get Wax out of a Dishwasher

During holidays or birthday celebrations, melted wax from candles can find their way onto a holding dish. If that dish gets placed in the dishwasher, the mixture of hot water and steam could melt the wax just enough to leave a stain on your appliance. Removing wax stains from the interior of a dishwasher requires chipping off the cooled wax and then warming up the residue in order to wipe the stain away completely.

Avoid placing wax-coated items in the dishwasher, which can melt in the hot steam.

Step 1

Remove the dishwasher racks or utensil carrier so that you can access the wax.

Step 2

Place three pieces of ice in a plastic bag.

Step 3

Place the plastic bag on the wax stain to harden it completely. This will make the wax more brittle and easier to remove.

Step 4

Wedge the edge of a plastic spoon under the piece of wax. Don't use metal because it can scratch the dishwasher.

Step 5

Press the spoon against the wax to chip away at the stain.

Step 6

Soak a cloth in hot water. Wear rubber gloves to protect your skin from the heat.

Step 7

Rub the cloth over the wax to remove any remaining residue.

Step 8

Place the racks or utensil carrier back into the dishwasher.

Kaye Wagner

Kaye Wagner has been working in the fields of journalism and public relations since 2006 and is a recipient of a National Hearst Award. She is particularly interested in home-and-garden projects, as well as beauty and fashion writing. An avid traveler, she also writes travel reviews and guides. Wagner earned a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from Brigham Young University.