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How to Remove Sticky Wax From a Pan

Kaye Wagner

Removing sticky wax from a pan can be tricky because the wax has melted onto the pan and has assumed its shape. One way to simplify the process is to let the wax harden as much as possible and then scrape it off carefully. Always be careful not scratch the pan. If the wax will not harden, you will need to use a solution to remove the waxy residue.

Remove sticky stains from pans as soon as you notice them.
  1. Place an ice cube into a plastic bag.

  2. Hold the ice cube over the wax on the pan. This will help the wax harden as much as possible. Some wax may not harden at all.

  3. Scrape the wax with the edge of a plastic credit card or the back of a plastic spoon. This will help prevent you from scratching the pan. This is especially important if you are cleaning a pan with a non-stick coating that could be removed.

  4. Soak a clean cloth with rubbing alcohol.

  5. Place the cloth over the sticky wax and let it sit for several hours. This will give the rubbing alcohol time to completely loosen the stain. Wet the cloth again if it starts to dry out.

  6. Remove the cloth and attempt to wipe away the stain. Use the plastic credit card to scrape away the now softened wax residue.

  7. Add just enough water to 1 tbsp. baking soda to make a thick paste that is the same consistency of toothpaste.

  8. Rub the paste into the sticky wax on the pan with a plastic scrubbing pad. This will act as a mild abrasive solution, which will remove the sticky wax.

  9. Rinse the pan with clear water and dry it completely with a clean cloth.