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How to Soften Wax

Use wax to make one-of-a-kind candles.
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Softening wax is a simple process that takes minimal time; however, it is important to know how to soften the wax without creating a fire. Whether you are softening paraffin wax or candle wax, it can be done one of two ways – the stove top or in the microwave. Once the wax is soft, you can use it to create beauty products to soften skin or remove unwanted hair, or you can add scents to your wax to make your house smell divine.

Stove-Top Directions

Use a double boiler to properly heat wax. Double boilers keep the wax from catching fire and are less messy than using a microwave. Turn the stove top to high heat.

Add 2 inches of water to the bottom pot and bring to a boil. Keep a full pitcher of warm water on hand near the stove to add to the pot once the water starts to evaporate.

Break the wax into small pieces, if possible, and place inside the metal pouring pot. Place the pouring pot inside the boiling water.

Reduce the heat to simmer. The wax will start to soften slowly. Remove the wax from the heat source once it is soft.

Microwave Directions

Adjust the microwave temperature to the lowest setting. The lowest setting will help to control the heat and help prevent the wax from catching fire within the microwave.

Place a small amount of wax into a microwave-safe dish. Break the wax apart if possible; this will help control the temperature of the wax and distribute the heat more evenly.

Microwave for 30 seconds. Stir and repeat, in 30-second intervals, until the wax reaches the softness you prefer.

Things You'll Need:

  • Double boiler
  • Water
  • Pitcher
  • Microwave-safe dish


  • Handle wax carefully because it will be hot. Always use a microwave safe dish to prevent an explosion within the microwave.
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