Although Scentsy bars may help you create a breathtaking fragrance throughout your home, there is nothing appealing about Scentsy wax stains on your clothes. Most clothes are made of absorbent fabrics. As such, melted Scentsy wax tends to stick on clothing almost immediately. Whereas washing the wax-covered clothing may be your first instinctive action for trying to remove the wax and get your clothing back clean, it is quite disappointing to learn that this method is not always effective.
The other day, I was at a friend’s graduation after-party, and there was a Scentsy warmer that added a nice, fruity fragrance to the air. Due to all of the random movement and jostling often associated with parties, one individual bumped into the homeowner’s Scentsy warmer, causing some of the melted wax to pour out and onto the graduating girl’s clothing as she was standing close by.
You could see the shock on people’s faces. Her gown was significantly covered by the melted wax. So, if you were to find yourself in such a situation or be in a place in which someone else is panicking due to potentially damaging their clothing, how exactly do you clean off Scentsy wax from clothes? Does wax-ruined clothing have to be disposed of?
No, actually. There are many ways to clean off Scentsy wax from one’s clothes, so there’s no need to panic or act rashly if you happen to get wax on one of your favorite shirts or dresses. Read on to find more insight about how to clean off Scentsy wax from clothes and have your clothing looking as good as new again.
Whether you are enjoying a romantic dinner date or birthday party or you simply want to add a comforting touch of fragrance to your home, an accidental spill of melted wax should not stop you from having a good time. At the same time, you should also not have to worry about high laundering bills resulting from the wax mess if you felt like taking your clothing to a dry-cleaning business was your only solution.
This article will highlight some of the most effective procedures for cleaning off Scentsy wax from your clothing and other fabric surfaces, the tools needed, common mistakes that are done, and how to avoid Scentsy wax stains in the first place.
So, How Do You Clean Scentsy Wax Off of Clothes?
Depending on your choice of Scentsy bar, Scentsy waxes come in different fragrances, covering everything from fruity to floral to bakery scents, among others. Here is the good news: the tips to help you clean off the wax from clothing are effective on any fragrance of Scentsy wax. The following are some of the most effective tips you can use to clean the wax from your clothes.
Before attempting more specific removal procedures, there are a few basic steps to follow first.
Step 1: Allow the Scentsy Wax to Dry
- Requirements: A freezer, ice cubes.
Allowing the melted wax to dry is always the first step in removing Scentsy wax from clothing. This tip is unpopular since, in most cases, your first instinct is to save the situation as quickly as possible. However, several things can go wrong when you try to scoop the wax off of the fabric while it is still hot.
Rubbing or touching the wax at all while it is still hot only spreads it to other parts of your clothing and makes your work harder. When still freshly heated, the wax is usually in a semi-liquid form and highly prone to absorbing into other materials while hot.
So, how do you dry the wax?
Drying the wax is actually quite simple. You can decide to let the wax dry naturally if you’re not panicking and in a rush. Alternatively, if you’re looking to save time, you can place the wax-stained clothing in the freezer to accelerate the rate of drying and harden the movable warm wax. As yet another option, you can also use wart remover to dry it up faster. Other than those, placing ice cubes on the wax can equally increase the rate at which the Scentsy wax dries to be ready for removal.
Step 2: Scrape Away the Hardened Scentsy Wax
- Requirements: Blunt knife or spoon.
After you have dried the wax, the next step is to scoop off any of the excess wax using a dull knife like this. Removing the excess wax reduces your labor thereafter.
Why should you use a blunt knife, though?
- Firstly, using a sharp knife can easily cause small dents from the pressure when using one on your favorite article of clothing. Obviously, dents are not exactly fashionable things to have on your clothes nor do you want your clothing to look damaged in the long term.
- It is easier to cut yourself using a sharp knife compared to when using something safer like a dull knife. With this being a risk, even while using a more blunt knife, scoop the wax away from your chest during removal.
- Additionally, different clothes are made of different fabrics. Therefore, for clothing made of wool, a blunt knife may work well for safely removing the wax and scraping off any excess pieces; but for silk pieces, you may want to use something even more smooth and safe, such as a spoon.
Although there may be several different hacks for how to clean Scentsy wax off of your clothing, I highly recommend that you always start with the first two steps mentioned above. By beginning with those two, any other methods in which you choose to clean the wax will become much easier overall.
Here are the rest of the tips and potential methods for removing Scentsy wax from your spoiled clothing. Please note that they all work equally well, so your best attempt at removal will likely depend more on the fabric of your damaged clothing as well as which supplies you have handy for making the removal successful.
Various Methods of Re-Melting the Wax to Remove It
- Requirements: Boiled water, an iron, baking soda, a blow dryer, blotting paper, paper towels, water, and stain remover (depending upon which way you choose to proceed).
These methods may contrast with the first step of trying to harden the Scentsy wax, but they are exactly what you need to get rid of those tiny yet irritating fragments of wax from your clothes. To re-melt the wax, you have quite a few options to use:
- Boiled water
- an iron
- A blow dryer
How to Melt Scentsy Wax Using Boiled Water
This can be achieved either by pouring a small amount of boiled water on the wax or by soaking the clothing in boiled water.
Option 1: Pouring Boiling Water onto the Wax
- Step 1:Take the tainted part of the clothing and wrap it around a bowl.
- Step 2: Use a rubber band to ensure that the clothing remains securely wrapped around and tight up against the bowl.
- Step 3: Gently pour boiling water over the piece of clothing, being sure to target the Scentsy wax stains.
- Step 4: After you’ve successfully melted the wax for it to mostly come off, simply wash the clothing in question as normal with the rest of your laundry.
Option 2: Soaking the Clothing in Boiled Water
Soaking the wax-stained clothing in boiled water will also remove the Scentsy wax by melting it off. However, the secret to success is to use some baking soda in the water as well.
- Step 1: Add 5 to 6 tsp. of baking soda into water that has already been boiled. Stir the water to mix in and dissolve the baking soda evenly, ideally using a rod or stick.
- Step 2: Use the stick or rod to carefully place the clothing into the boiled water for about a minute. Check to see that the Scentsy wax has fallen off after 60 seconds has passed.
- Step 3: Dip the clothing in the water several times. However, be careful not to keep the clothing in the hot water for too long to avoid damaging the fabric itself from high temperatures. A minute should be just enough, in most cases.
- Step 4: By this point, the wax should fall off. If needed, simply repeat the steps at your own discretion to avoid high temperatures damaging your clothing’s fabric and/or designs.
- Do not touch the water with your hands unless you want to get burned. Remember, the water has been boiled, so it is extremely hot!
- Do not let your clothing stay too long in the boiled water since it may destroy the fabric, especially when it comes to delicate clothes.
Using an Iron to Remove Scentsy Wax
This is one of the most popular ways to effectively get rid of Scentsy wax from your clothes.
- Step 1: Put paper towels on top of the wax-stained clothing. Alternatively, you can use blotting paper as well. Place a thin cloth between the iron and the paper towel or blotting paper.
- Step 2: Place a warm iron onto the thin cloth, pressing it onto the top of the cloth at intervals. The Scentsy wax will melt and get absorbed in the paper towel or blotting paper that was used as a buffer, removing it from your clothing.
- Do not use the iron on any of its steamy settings. This may either damage your clothing, depending upon the fabric, or make the wax not come out of the fabric properly. It’s recommended that you set the iron on a low temperature for optimum caution and safety.
- You should use blotting paper instead of paper towels to avoid any fragments of paper towel breaking apart and sticking to the cloth you choose to use for this method.
- For the best results, do not use this procedure for small amounts of Scentsy wax. Other methods are more suitable for tiny amounts.
How to Use a Blow Dryer to Remove Scentsy Wax
This process is the most ideal for clothing made of fabrics such as silk and wool, which can easily get damaged by too much heat.
- Step 1: Place paper towels on both sides of the stained clothing.
- Step 2: Gently, for 5 seconds, turn on the blow dryer and heat the Scentsy wax. The wax will become melted again and should stick to the paper towel.
- Step 3: Use the paper towel to blot off the wax.
- Step 4: Use a stain remover on the area that just had the wax removed, and wash the clothing to make sure that the Scentsy wax stains are cleaned off 100%.
Using Vegetable Oil to Remove Scentsy Wax
- Requirements: Vegetable oil, water, paper towels, stain remover, and a toothbrush.
Vegetable oil can be used to remove a small amount of Scentsy wax on one’s clothing as well. This procedure should only be performed once the excess wax has been scraped off. Here is a step-by-step guide for this method:
- Step 1: Place some of the vegetable oil onto the Scentsy wax itself, and wipe off any excess oil using one of your paper towels.
- Step 2: Using a toothbrush, brush off the wax from the clothing.
- Step 3: Wash the clothing along with your usual laundry.
What about the vegetable oil stain?
When using this method, you might be wondering about how you will deal with the vegetable oil stains even after the wax has been removed. Well, firstly, this method should really be your last option for Scentsy wax removal. However, do not fret about how to remove the vegetable oil stains when having to resort to this trick. The following is a step-by-step procedure to get rid of any lingering vegetable oil stains:
- Step 1:Use your preferred stain remover, such as this one.
- Step 2: Put the stain remover onto the oil-stained part of your clothing.
- Step 3: Use a toothbrush to rub the stain out of the piece of clothing.
Following these steps should be sufficient in removing any of the lingering stains left over after using vegetable oil to remove the Scentsy wax from your clothing.
Applying Alcohol to Scentsy Wax to Remove It from Clothing
- Requirements: Alcohol, a towel, and water.
Since most Scentsy bars are colored, it’s very possible that the melted wax may leave behind dye marks on your clothing. As such, this process is used to remove those dye marks if they happen to occur.
- Step 1: Rub alcohol on the wax-stained area.
- Step 2: Use a towel to press against the alcohol on the stained clothing.
- Step 3: Clean the clothing by either washing it or cleaning the previously stained area using a sponge.
In cases where the staining is not very severe, normal detergents can likely wash it out with no problem. For these mild marks, a quick wash via your usual means should be plenty sufficient.
What About Other Fabrics and Surfaces?
In most cases, aside from the Scentsy wax staining your clothes and causing the problems we’ve discussed so far, it has probably caused even greater damage to other things that managed to be in its path. These problem spots may include the surface where the dish warmer was placed, the floor underneath where the spill occurred, and even the carpet may have fallen a victim to the mess caused by the spilled warm wax.
How do you clean these types of fabrics and surfaces?
For wood surfaces and floors, your best bet is to use the blow dryer method but ensure that it is set on a very low heat setting. After the wax has initially solidified, follow the steps below:
- Step 1: Turn the blow dryer on and blow the warm air towards the wax.
- Step 2: Wipe off the wax as it melts using a paper towel or disposable cloth.
For tiles, you can simply use the iron method for removing Scentsy wax. However, you will require quite a many more paper towels or extra cloths to avoid excess heat affecting the tiles.
Tiles are also often safe to use with the blow dryer and blunt knife methods mentioned above as well. However, be careful to avoid scratches, and take your time when trying to safely remove the wax from your tiled surfaces, whether it’s your floor or your countertop.
How to Clean Scentsy Wax from a Couch
After the spilled wax has initially hardened and is ready to remove, follow the steps below:
- Step 1: Scrape off any excess wax.
- Step 2: Sponge the stained area with a sponge or cloth with some detergent placed on it.
- Step 3: Rinse the area with warm water to get rid of any remaining wax.
How to Clean Scentsy Wax from Leather or Suede Fabrics
- Step 1: Freeze the wax to harden it. This step is absolutely essential for these types of fabrics.
- Step 2: Gently scoop off any excess wax.
- Step 3: Mix together a thick paste of Fuller’s earth with water.
- Step 4: Rub the mixture onto the remaining wax fragments still on the fabrics.
How to Clean Scentsy Wax from the Carpet
Carpets are, most of the time, made from similar fabrics as clothing and upholstery. There are numerous recommended ways to clean Scentsy wax from your carpet if it’s happened to spill, but the most effective way to do so is to use the iron method indicated above.
How to Clean Scentsy Wax from the Wall
If your wax warmer managed to spill the wax next to a wall and cause splatters, you might be worrying since walls are quite different from all of the fabric surfaces we’ve addressed how to clean so far. To clean the wax from the wall though, you will simply need to melt it using either an iron or a blow dryer.
- Step 1: Place a paper towel over the wax-covered wall.
- Step 2: Place a piece of cardboard over the paper towel.
- Step 3: Use an iron or blow dryer to melt the wax (as instructed above).
- Step 4: In case of any stains being left behind, use a bit of alcohol to rub those stains off.
What If All of These Methods Do Not Work for Me?
Well, in the event that the wax stains are incredibly stubborn, you may want to visit your local dry-cleaning services for their expertise.
However, make sure that you understand what type of fabric your wax-messed items are made of to avoid instances of fabric damage when attempting to clean them.
If you do not know about anything about the fabrics and can’t find any tags with information on what your clothing or household items are made of, you can also seek assistance from fabric consultants.
Is Scentsy Wax Reactant on Skin?
To clean off Scentsy wax from your clothing, you will have to be in direct contact with the wax itself. Therefore, it is important to know if your health may be at stake.
Firstly, Scentsy wax is made of both natural and synthetic ingredients. Manufacturers of this product guarantee that the wax is safe when used as directed on the packaging.
As such, you should not ingest any Scentsy wax no matter how appealing it may look or smell. Additionally, do not apply it to your body in any way in an attempt to use it for body fragrance purposes. If you follow the directions given, the wax is perfectly safe to handle. Do not dispose of your clothes out of the fear that you can’t touch the wax for the sake of cleaning. Most individuals should be perfectly fine.
However, in the rare case that someone is allergic to any of the specific ingredients used for coloring purposes or the oils used for scents in the product, it is recommended that you wear gloves or avoid coming into contact with the ingredients that you know are typically problematic for you.
How to Handle Scentsy Bars to Avoid Wax Spills
While there are multiple solutions for cleaning off Scentsy wax from your clothes and home items, avoiding accidents with the wax in the first place can save you money, time, and energy. Therefore, here are some tips on how to handle your Scentsy bars and dish warmers to avoid staining your clothes or anything else around:
- Place your Scentsy bars in a proper and upright position instead of hanging them. This will avoid the issue of having the wax run down to another surface. Instead, the wax will be collected in the dish warmer as intended.
- Keep your Scentsy bars away from heat and direct sunlight. This will prevent the bars from melting unnecessarily.
- It is advised that you store the bars in a cool, dark place.
- Constantly clean your dish warmer!
As mentioned above, one of the ways to avoid the problem of Scentsy wax somehow getting on your clothes is to clean your dish warmer regularly so it has plenty of space for the melted wax. Additionally, you will also want to clean your warmer if you wish to change the scent of your home without having conflicting fragrances be a problem.
How Do I Clean My Scentsy Warmer?
Keeping your Scentsy warmer clean is a great proactive step to avoiding messes as well as an essential part of the product maintenance to ensure you get the most from your wax warmer. Here is how to properly and simply clean it:
- Turn off the warmer to allow the wax to harden up at room temperature.
- Lift the dish warmer like a bowl, being careful to hold onto its base.
- Place the dish in the freezer for about 20 minutes to allow the wax to harden even further.
- Using a knife, pierce the edge of the already-hardened wax. If it is completely hardened, it will simply pop out with no problems.
As the Scentsy wax will already be in a solid form, even if it falls during the cleanup, it will not be capable of damaging or staining your clothes, carpets, or floor.
Can I use a different warmer for Scentsy bars?
Yes, you can use any other burner as your warmer for Scentsy bars if you so choose. However, doing so has its shortcomings since the Scentsy dish warmer is customized to melt the bar at a low temperature and make it last longer. Other burners may have higher wattage bulbs, which will cause the Scentsy bars to burn faster, and they will not last nearly as long as when used with their accompanying warmers.
How long does a Scentsy bar last?
A whole bar lasts between 50-80 hours, depending on your usage. That means that one cube can last about 7-10 hours on average. However, if you wish to have your Scentsy cube last a bit longer, you can be more restrictive with your usage of the wax warmer and only use it when absolutely needed.