4 simple tips: How to store your woollen clothing correctly and avoid moths

The warm weather is (finally) on the way, and it is almost time to put your warmest woollen clothes away. Here are our four top tips for storing your woollen clothing in the best way possible.


There isn’t a lot that is more upsetting than getting your woollen clothes out of the wardrobe at the end of summer, to find that moth larvae have been munching on your clothes whilst it was away.

But fortunately, we have a few simple tips that will help you protect your clothing against these tiny clothing-eating bugs.

4 simple tips: How to store your woollen clothing correctly and avoid moths


1. WASH THE CLOTHING

Woollen clothing does not need to be washed very often, but, when you pack it away for a long period of time, it is important to make sure it is clean. This is because dirty clothes attract moths, so if your clothing is put away dirty, you are more likely to attract unwelcome critters. Also, if you leave perfume, deodorant, and creams on your clothing for a long time, they can leave ugly marks.


2. PACK THE CLOTHING INTO BAGS OR BOXES

Another good way to protect your clothes is to make sure the moths simply can’t get to them. Place your woollen clothing in tightly sealed plastic bags or boxes, making it impossible for the little creatures to get in.


3. ADD A FRAGRANCE

Adding a fragrance such as lemon or lavender to your clothing has some great benefits. They will smell lovely and keep away clothes moths and fur moths. Therefore, you should place dried lemon peels or lavender in a small sachet and place it in the storage container for your woollen clothes. This should help you avoid moths when you go to get our clothing back out, and it will smell lovely.


4. STORE THE CLOTHING IN A DRY PLACE

This may be obvious, but it is important to store your woollen clothing in a dry place. This doesn’t really have anything to do with moths, but if you keep your clothes in a damp basement, they may become mildewed or mouldy.

But, don’t store your woollen clothing too deep in the cupboard, because it is also brilliant for use in the summer.


4 simple tips: How to store your woollen clothing correctly and avoid moths

This is how it can look when moths have been at play.


ARE YOU PLAGUED BY MOTHS?

If your clothes look like the picture above, they are probably plagued by moths. Its extremely annoying, but it happens. If you discover moth holes in your clothes, wash them immediately and hang them out to dry. When they have completely dried, put them in an airtight bag to deprive any surviving larvae of oxygen. You can even put your clothes in the freezer, just to make sure. You also need to make sure you vacuum or wash the area where you would normally keep your woollen clothes. If you frequently find moth holes in your clothes a moth trap may be required (non-toxic glue traps are available).