HAPPY HAUSFRAU: Candle Wax on the Carpet

A couple weeks ago I issued a cry for help on Facebook. Somehow one of my lovely (knock-off) Scentsy warmers ended up on the floor (nobody wants to claim responsibility for it, and I can’t say I blame ’em – I was pretty hot to trot when I saw the mess), the result being that my (knock-off) Scentsy candle wax ended up on the carpet. Melted, of course. And the wax was red. Anyway, when I posted about my waxy plight on Facebook, tons of you wrote in with solutions. Thanks so much!

Honestly, I was skeptical when I decided to try this one. It sounded easy – a little too easy, if you catch my drift. But I didn’t figure it could make it worse, and I had everything I needed to give it a go (which apparently is all the criteria I need to try something new: Is it easy? Will it make a mess? Do I already have everything I need? Can I wear yoga pants while I do it?).

Holy cow, friendlies, it worked like a charm. Here’s what I did:

*placed paper bag over dried wax

*turned my iron on hot

*placed iron on paper bag

It took about ten minutes of ironing, and eventually I had to replace the first bag with a fresh one, but I couldn’t be happier with the result! Since the wax was red, I was planning on having to stain-treat the carpet after, but this trick did such a great job, I don’t think it’s going to be necessary!

This is one Happy Hausfrau approved solution.


2 thoughts on “HAPPY HAUSFRAU: Candle Wax on the Carpet

  1. TeacherWriter says:

    Awesome possum! Amazing how such a simple solution worked wonders. I recently discovered that hydrogen peroxide can lift stains out of carpets. (Being a pet owner, and all.) So if there are any traces of red left, you might try that.

    I’m sure your family is quite relieved the paper bag trick worked!

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