Normally, when the words "wax" and "remove" appear in the same sentence, we're being redundant. "To wax," unless we're talking about conversations (which would be very meta indeed) is a substitute for "get rid of" in all sorts of hairy places. But how to get rid of wax?
Just this conundrum arose last night, when one of my most gesticulative cousins knocked over a votive candle at dinner. Nothing was hurt but the candle and my cousin's pride, but there was white wax all over the leg of my brand new (purple!) pants. Stain removal is not something I stress much about – faith that there's a way to remove most any stain is something I inherited from my mother – but I had no clue what to do about wax. Luckily, the friend sitting next to me knew the secret! (Quote: "I'm Catholic, we spill a lot of wax.")
I tried it today and it worked like a charm: Take a paper bag (the grocery store kind is great) and place it over the waxy area. Then break out your iron and iron slowly, pressing down hard, over the parts of the paper that cover the wax. Care is obviously necessary, since heat and paper can make a fire, and we're trying to solve problems here, not create more. The heat will melt the wax, and the porous paper absorbs it.
Of course, ironing is easier if you own an iron; we have a small apartment with little room for an ironing board, so we typically use a travel steamer to get out wrinkles. I tried for a while with a blow dryer for heat and a metal box for pressure, but that was much less effective than the big curling iron I broke out when the blow dryer overheated. Frankly, this is all getting a little embarrassing…maybe it's time to stop typing.