Removing candle wax

Brandy M Cappo
by Brandy M Cappo
My son has poured melted dented candle wax down his bathroom sink. I have scraped but can't seem to get it all up. Is there a quick and easy way to remove it that I do not know about?
  14 answers
  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Sep 07, 2015
    Have you tried putting boiling water down the drain?
  • Pat Grosse Pat Grosse on Sep 07, 2015
    From Sink/Bathtub: Use a credit card or other plastic scraper to remove the wax. Use boiling water to loosen the wax, if necessary. Found this on a how-to site. I've also used Goo gone to remove impossible stains, accidents, etc. Remove candle wax from fiberglass, glass, laminate, metal, painted wood, plastic, varnished wood, vinyl, windows, brick, ceramic, countertops, flooring, granite, marble, stone, tile, painted walls or wood: Pretest on an inconspicuous area Gently scrape excess wax from surface before applying Goo Gone Apply Goo Gone directly to wax stain Allow a few minutes for Goo Gone to soften wax Gently scrape until wax is removed Apply Goo Gone to a clean, white cloth and blot Wash area with soap and water You can get it almost anywhere. Target sells it in small bottles, Home Depot, Lowe's any hardware store sells it also. Good luck.
  • Trish Trish on Sep 07, 2015
    Try breaking the wax down with a little bit of cooking oil. Not dumping down drain but I mean for the wax on sink surface.
  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Sep 08, 2015
    Yes it will but there is a snake like plastic rod in a plumbing store for that normally you would use to unclog the sink It is inexpensive and perhaps you can pull the wax out.
  • RJackson RJackson on Sep 08, 2015
    fill the sink with ice. it will chip away with no problem.
  • Lorraine Castellon-Rowe Lorraine Castellon-Rowe on Sep 08, 2015
    This happened to us and we turned up the water heater to the highest setting and let the water run for about 5 minutes and it was all washed away. I guess it depends on how hot your water gets though. Good luck.
  • Barbara Parsons Barbara Parsons on Sep 08, 2015
    I had the same problem. I removed the wax from the sink by using a rubber scraper. The wax that had already escaped to the drain got thoroughly flushed with hot water. I kept boiling a kettle of water until the sink drain flowed freely. And then I clean the sink bowl with a scrubby and some homemade cleaning solution. All is well. (Dawn, vinegar and hydrogen peroxide).
  • Jeani Miller Miner Jeani Miller Miner on Sep 08, 2015
    Fill the sink with ice to remove what's in the sink, as for the pipes - not sure what to suggest. Boiling water might work, but I suspect you'd need quite a lot. Doubt your faucet would produce water hot enough. That's a lot of trips from the stove to the sink!
  • Alfr1 Alfr1 on Sep 08, 2015
    We used a hot hair dryer for the surface, then the boiling water from the stove,,,took 4 gallons of boiling, but we have a 4 burner stovetop so it took about 1/2 hour in all. Luck.
  • Capernius Capernius on Jan 26, 2016
    what I have done in the past is use C O freezes the wax instantly...however, for the average person, C O 2 can be very expensive. for me it is a tax write off as I use it almost every day. turning up the water heater to its highest setting is a godd idea...cheaper too! :-)
  • Loretta Juneau Loretta Juneau on Aug 06, 2017

    Paper and a hot iron you sure don't want wax in your pipes after maybe use some draino ?

  • Pat L Koger Pat L Koger on Aug 06, 2017

    Towel and hair iron. For coconut oil or wax.

  • Archer Archer on Aug 06, 2017

    Heat the wax with a hair drier. Then use can soak it all up with a paper towel.

  • Sharon Sharon on Aug 06, 2017

    You could use a heat gun or hot hair dryer, and blot up the wax with some old soft cotton like one of his T-shirts.