The warm weather is (finally) on the way, and it is almost time to put away your warmest woolen clothing. Here are four tips for how to store your woolen clothing in the best possible way.
Hardly anything is more upsetting than getting out your woolen clothes after a good summer, only to find that moth larvae have been munching on the clothing, while it was put away.
But fortunately, you can prevent the tiny clothing-eating bugs with a few simple tips.
1. WASH THE CLOTHINGWoolen clothing does not need to be washed very often, but when you pack it up for an extended period, it is a great idea to make sure it is clean. This is because dirty clothes and bacteria attract moths, so if your clothing is dirty, your risk of unwelcome critters is greater. Furthermore, perfume, deodorant, and creams can leave ugly marks on the clothing if left on it for a long time.
2. PACK THE CLOTHING INTO BAGS OR BOXESOne good way to safeguard against moths is to make sure they simply can’t get to the clothes. Place woolen clothing in tightly closed plastic bags or plastic boxes, and make sure you close them completely – that should make it impossible for the clothes-eating bugs to get in.
3. ADD A FRAGRANCELemon and lavender have several great properties: They smell lovely – and they keep away both clothing moths and fur moths. Therefore, you may want to place dried lemon peels or dried lavender in a small sachet and place them in the plastic bag or plastic box where you keep your woolen clothing. That way, you should be able to avoid moths, and when you get the clothing back out, it will smell great.
4. STORE THE CLOTHING IN A DRY PLACEThis may be obvious, but of course it is important that you store your woolen clothing in a dry place. This really doesn’t have anything to do with moths, but if you keep your clothing in a damp basement, you risk it becoming mildewed or moldy.
But make sure you don’t store your woolen clothing too far away – it is also brilliant for summer use.