The warm winter is set to play havoc with our wardrobes in more ways than one. How? The mild weather has provided moths with ideal conditions for breeding. Thus, you need to know how to take care of your clothes. Follow this guide step by step to get rid of clothes moths.
The clothes moths get attracted by specific materials such as natural fibers (silk, lambswool, feathers, shearling, cotton) and luscious cashmere. So, in order to defend your favorite clothes, follow these tips for successfully getting rid of clothes moths.
1. Deep clean your wardrobe.
Moths like undisturbed corners that are dark and warm. Remove everything from your wardrobe, hoover all the corners and drawers, and wipe them with a detergent-soaked cloth to kill off larvae. Then wash or dry clean all of your clothes (and curtains and upholstery, too). Freeze anything you can fit in your freezer. Sub-zero temperatures kill larvae, although make sure you put clothes in plastic bags prior to freezing to avoid a condensation build-up and keep them in there for 48 hours.
2. Keep your clothes clean.
Moths love to feast on human sweat and food particles. Do not put any clothes back in your newly cleaned wardrobe that are dirty – especially knitwear.
3. Store your knitwear in garment bags.
As summer beckons, store winter knits and any other items you particularly value in zip-lock bags and line with anti-moth paper strips. Line your drawers with anti-moth paper and employ cedarwood sticks.
4. Vet your vintage.
Vintage clothes should be dry cleaned before being introduced to your wardrobe, as they are often the source of infestations.
5. Buy in cedarwood hangers.
Moths hate them, and they’ll keep the shoulders on your dresses and jackets neat, too. Always take your clothes out of the plastic hanging bags from the dry cleaner. The plastic attracts dust; the dust attracts moths.
6. Be vigilant.
Keep checking your clothes for moth holes, keep rooms well-ventilated as temperatures start to rise, and keep a natural oil diffuser in your wardrobe at all times. It smells great and wards off clothes moths.
7. Use a vinegar solution
Clean the closet. Now that everything has been removed from your closet, it’s time to scour it from top to bottom to get rid of moth eggs that might still be lurking there. Use a vinegar and water solution to clean the closet floor and walls. Dip a sponge scrubber into the solution and scrub the walls to scratch off all the eggs. Clean especially well in cracks and crevices.