How to Remove Wax From a Stuffed Toy

Candle wax or crayon wax can become embedded in fabrics, and on plush stuffed toys it can be particularly challenging to remove. On a plush toy made with faux fur, not only does wax cling to the individual fibers, colored wax may discolor the fabric. Begin with the simplest removal techniques, then if those fail advance to cleaners and solvents. To remove wax from stuffed toys completely you may need to repeat treatments or try more than one technique. Always test any method on a hidden spot to avoid damaging the toy.

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Keep a whole family of stuffed toys clean and fresh.

Step 1

Put the stuffed toy in the freezer for at least 30 minutes to harden the wax.

Step 2

Remove the toy from the freezer, and use a butter knife to scrape or chip the excess wax from the toy.

Step 3

Place blotting paper or a paper towel over the remaining wax, and iron over the surface with a warm iron. This will melt the wax onto the paper. Use fresh paper for each pass with the iron.

Step 4

If the toy can't be laundered, treat any remaining wax stain with dry-cleaning solvent. If the toy can be laundered, treat it with fabric stain remover, place it in a laundry bag or pillowcase tied shut at the top, and wash it in the washing machine on a gentle or soak cycle.

Denise Howard

Denise Howard has been writing since 2004, specializing in home and garden, travel, music and education. A private music instructor and professional accompanist, Howard holds a Bachelor of Arts in music, studying both piano and voice.