Tips for Protecting Woollen Clothes – Home Remedies
Now that our woollens are sorted and packed the last yet the most important step is to protect our delicate pieces from moth, silver fish and other insects. Storing winter dresses is a huge responsibility, especially when we aim at preserve the fabric, freshness and colours of the garments for long.
The most commonly used ways to protect woollens is by using Mothballs, they are an effective way to kill moths. Naphthalene balls should be enclosed in a separate piece of cloth before storing them. They should never be directly left on top of the woollen clothes. The main disadvantage of using naphthalene balls is the strong odour and discoloration of any metallic or special work. Delicate fabrics such as silk, satin, and wool need to be stored and protected from mites and other insects, without harming the clothes.
Cedar wood has long been recognised as a moth repellent and for good reason – it works. Pick up some cedar chips or blocks, and place them wherever in the trunks with the clothes.
Natural products offer the advantage of keeping our clothes fresh and insect-free without leaving them smelly or damaged. The following are several time-proven home remedies to try for shielding our woollens from insects.
- Neem leaves have anti-pest and anti-fungal properties. Neem extracts have the potential to inhibit the growth of bacteria. As a natural pesticide, dried neem leaves placed in the wardrobe can prevent insects and bacteria from eating and ruining our clothes.
- Another type of leaves that can be used for safeguarding our woollens are Tobacco leaves. They are proven effective in preserving our woollens from damage. The dried tobacco leaves may be spread at the bottom of the closet or container to avoid moth or other harmful insects.
- Lavender smells great to us, but it’s highly repellent to moths and other insects. Fill sachets with dried lavender, or dip cotton balls in lavender essential oil. Then, place them in the closets, drawers, and boxes of off-season clothes.
- Mint leaves are another effective moth repellent. Place a handful of dried peppermint in a sachet, or place loose leaves among the clothes. Peppermint oil works well, too. Mint is also good for keeping mice away.
- Fill a sachet bag with cloves, thyme, rosemary, or a combination of these herbs to keep moths at bay for months. While moths don’t like the smell of these herbs, humans sure do. Replace the contents of sachets every six months, or whenever they begin to lose their fragrance.
- Camphor tablets or clove may be kept in between folds of the woollen items to keep away the insects.
- Patchouli is another great deterrent – impregnate some oil on a cloth or cedar ball and then place this amongst clothes. Dried patchouli leaves are commonly used as packing materials to protect Chinese silk and Indian cashmere from moths.
- Dried Bay leaves, lemon balm, peppermint, and cedar shavings works wonder in warding off moths when mixed lavender.
Hope you find our home remedies effective in safekeeping of the your precious and delicate pieces till the next season. So keep reading for more!!