Fall has officially arrived and it’s time to pack away all of those Spring and Summer clothes. Many of you may have never thought of doing this in the past and that is true for me too. However, for anyone with growing children, like myself, there are growth spurts which can cause newly purchased clothes to over-crowd their dressers and closets.
Get Rid of the Moths
The first thing you should do when preparing to pack your clothes away for storage is to be aware of the moth activity in your home and garage. Catch and dispose of any that you see flying around but know that it’s even more important to get rid of the invisible eggs that they lay. You may need to enlist the help of an exterminator if you notice a large infestation of moths.
Next, you need to wash or dry-clean all of the clothes you’re putting in storage. Doing so will get rid of larvae, as well as any hair, skin or stain residues that would nourish future deposits.
Then, invest in large plastic containers with air-tight lids. Look for ones that will be easy to stack in your basement, garage, attic or to store under the beds. If investing in containers isn’t an option, use garbage bags. You should avoid using cardboard boxes. Some think that they are perfect for storing clothes, but the reality is that they’re easily accessible to moths, too porous to prevent water damage and they contain acids that will eventually break down the fibers in clothes.
The best option is to look into cedar chests. They’re infused with a scented oil that occurs naturally in the wood. This oil prevents the growth of fungus and repels insects.
One final thing to remember is not use moth balls if possible. The chemicals in moth balls can be too harsh for certain fabrics and they tend to leave unpleasant odors on clothes, so consider including cedar chips or a few lavender and rosemary sachets in your containers instead. If possible, replace them every three months.
Best of luck in creating some more space in your house and properly storing your items for the season. As always. SimplyClean Laundry is available to wash and fold those clothes when you’re ready to take them out of storage.