It’s happened to all of us. You pull out a favorite sweater, scarf, or coat, and there’s a hole, right in front! You’ve got clothing moths! Now what?
First, isolate the garment by putting it in a sealed plastic bag. Then, pop it in your freezer for a few days. This will kill any eggs or larvae. Some people recommend putting the garment in a dryer on high heat. But this may damage the natural fibers moth’s favor like wool, cashmere, and silk. If the garment is too big for the freezer, or you don’t want to deal with it, bring the sealed bag to your closest DELIA’S Cleaners.
The easiest way to prevent moths is to wash or dry clean clothes that are made out of natural fibers after each wear. The smallest bit of food on a sleeve or even body oil or perspiration can attract moths.
You should also mix garments made of natural fibers, like sweaters, in with other materials rather than storing them all together. This makes a less inviting environment. If you do stack sweaters or store them together, put them in individual zipped garment bags. Be sure to clean all natural fibers before storing them for the off-season.
For added protection, use natural cedar, but be sure to replace it seasonally. Skip the moth balls as they emit toxic chemicals that are bad for you and the environment. And, they usually don’t work as well as cedar.