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October 30th, 2009 07:41 AM
richlyblest I love soy candles, but I just found out last week that they aren't very easy to clean up compared to regular candles, because the wax doesn't get very hard.

I found this out when my daughter picked up a burning candle and dumped it down the front of her dress, inside and out, and onto the floor. Thankfully, she wasn't burned, even though she had a significant amount of wax on her chest. But I found out it wasn't easy to clean the floor and furniture (both wooden) and her dress? Well, I still haven't figured out how to remove the wax from her dress. Is there a way to do this? I tried freezing the dress so the wax would harden and I could scrape it off- didn't work. I tried washing it- didn't work. What can I try now, or is the dress permanently ruined?
October 30th, 2009 08:42 AM
lovinglife I used to make soy candles and I always thought soy was much easier to clean up then paraffin. Have you tried washing the area with just really hot soapy water? Was the candle colored? If there was color it could be hard to get the color out. I don't think I've ever had it spell on my clothes but it certainly it much easier to clean up the jars and spoons than if you work with paraffin.
October 30th, 2009 08:48 AM
eager_hands Oh what children get into. You can be very thankful it was soy, otherwise she would have suffered burning! My dd one stuck her hand in a burning, or just put out soy candle, it hardly phased her. I too would suggest the hot soapy water, even try soaking it. Soy wax is known to clean up with hot soapy water. I hope you can get it all out!!
October 30th, 2009 09:39 AM
richlyblest I'll have to try the hot soapy water, and yes, it was colored, a rich, beautiful red :/
October 30th, 2009 01:06 PM
richlyblest I handwashed the dress in as hot of water as I could stand, used Dawn dishsoap, and scraped it off with a table knife, all the while running hot water over it. It got most of it out, at least good enough for an everyday dress that already had a few light stains. Well, at least I know how to clean soy candles now!!! :D
October 30th, 2009 04:22 PM
millerseven Does soy wax work like regular wax? Take a brown paper bag with no writing on it, lay it on top of the wax on the dress, iron the paper bag and the heat will make the paper bag soak up the wax.