What Dissolves Candle Wax? (Complete List)

Have you spilled your wax and now want to dissolve it to get that surface back to the original position? Hold on! If it is the only concern, then you can find the specific procedures for removing candle wax from clothes, carpets, wood, glass, and other surfaces by reading the other blog posts from our website.

But if you want to know the solvent to dissolve the candle wax, read further, and we’ll share a few chemical details to help you understand the process.

What solvent can dissolve candle wax?

If you have tried dissolving wax with ethanol and acetone, you must have understood that these solvents are not appropriate.

It is because they have a slight polarity with the hydrogen, oxygen, and carbon, oxygen molecules. But to dissolve paraffin, you need a non-polar solvent.

So, a lipophilic solvent would be required for this purpose.

Where can you find a lipophilic solvent?

If you aren’t much into chemistry, you won’t know that the vegetable oil we use for cooking contains lipophilic. So you can simply use it for dissolving wax.

How will it work?

To dissolve the wax from any surface, put a teaspoon of vegetable oil. Let it stay there for a few minutes before wiping it off with a wet cloth. To remove the greasy nature, add some soap water mixture and clear it with a clean cloth.

In case the wax does not fully dissolve, then you can scrap it a bit with an edgy piece of plastic, and you’ll get the desired results.

Summing up:

Dissolving a solvent is easy. Just pour a bit of vegetable oil, and you’ll get the wax removed. However, this is not the only way to remove wax from a surface. You can follow them and get an instant solution.

4 comments

  • Please advise if veggie oil can be used on flat paint on an interior wall.

    Juli
  • Please advise ASAP if veggie oil will remove candle wax from a flat painted interior wall.

    Juli Andersen
  • I need to remove old wax from ceramic candel holder.

    Tammy
  • So simple, so effective, thank you.

    Eliza

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