I try to be careful when burning candles, but I’m a clutz. A few minutes ago I was moving a candle away from my altar cloth because I didn’t want to get candle wax on my altar cloth and I knocked the candle over. So, now I have wax all over my altar cloth. Does anyone know of an easy way to remove wax from cloth?
As a fellow clutz, I’ve had this happen many a time myself ( ). I have found that putting the cloth in the freezer for a little bit will make the wax harder and become brittle enough that you can “flake” off most of it. Then I wash it in very hot water to remove any residue. I usually wash it twice, once by hand to remove the residue and then either again by hand in new water or in the machine. I then hang it to dry.
Thanks @Amaris_Bane. I am going to try that washing by hand. I don’t want to put it in the washing machine. I think that will mess it up. I was being so careful with this cloth and knocked over the candle! Smh.
I usually wash mine by hand unless I have a load of delicates. I then place them in a lingerie bag and use the delicate cycle.
Never use 91% isopropyl alcohol. It started to eat the cloth in one spot. @Amaris_Bane I should have asked you first my biochemist engineer friend before I did that. Lol!
I discovered in my candle making experiments that dish soap (the handwashing kind) dissolves candle wax.
Eep! Sounds like it might contain synthetic fiber like acryl? Alcohol and acetone is a no on those.
Good news is I got the wax out! Bad news is why was I sweating over a $12 altar cloth? Lol!
I wish I would have thought of that! Dawn is awesome on grease and candle wax is greasy.
Shit…same happened with my altar cloth too! I am going to include cleaning my cloth by first putting it in freezer and then washing by hands, into my next cleansing in the craft challenge!!
That’s so funny @Solasta_Amore! I guess I did the challenge entry this morning. Lol!
Because it’s pretty?
Lol, but I am the same way. I have one that is just a scrap of black velvet that I use for my travel altar. I think I paid roughly $1 USD at walmart for it. I still get upset when I spill stuff on it.
It’s not about the price, it’s about the connection
Just plain old biochemist, lol. And I’m not great with chemistry! My focus was in molecular genetics. But as CelestiaMoon stated, you don’t want to use alcohol/acetone on most of the pre-made altar cloths as they are usually made with synthetic fibers.
And Dawn is my best friend @CelestiaMoon! I use it to get rid of fleas off my animals as well. Much more gentle than flea shampoos.
Exactly!! Some of my favorites are my cheapest.
Thank you @Amaris_Bane and @CelestiaMoon I have learned from my mistake! Lol! No more alcohol on cloth.
Cleaning is cleaning. You could easily present that in your challenge.
I was actually planning on doing that, dear heart @Garnet! I might post a before & after pic like @Ostara did!
Looks good as new!
I’m glad your cleaning was a big success, Ostara!
Amaris is right! I was having wax difficulties the other day and I think it was Siofra who suggested the freezer- it really does work! I was using just boiling water before, but I do think the freezer is a better first step. I like the idea of combining the two methods- it sounds like the best strategy all around!
Hahaha omg Solasta When writing the challenge I was picturing calm, meditative cleaning, maybe to some relaxing music- but panicked and frantic cleaning of a favorite magickal item is still very much cleaning!
Gotta do what you gotta do to protect and save your favorite Craft tools
Oh- this! Well said!
I love this, makes me think of those little comic strips… Cleansing in the Craft: left panel, how you were dreaming it would look, right panel, how it ended up looking in practice…
Hahaha I am happy I made you laugh, my fairy!
Shit! Celestia, you are tooo good! Looove you two!