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How do you protect your cashmere sweaters

medussamedussa Posts: 12,993Registered Users
from moths? I keep having problems with moths eating through my sweaters. I just noticed the sleeve on the sweater I'm wearing today. Two holes. :x

Every summer, I store them away in sealed plastic, with cedar balls. All of my sweaters looked fine when I pulled them out in October. I'm wondering if moths are around in cool weather and that's when they got this sweater.

I'm hesitant to replace them, if the little bastards will continue to feast on my stuff.

How do you protect your cashmere or other fabrics (such as Merino wool) from moths?

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  • SuZenSuZen Posts: 1,595Registered Users
    I'd like to know because I have trouble with moths with Merino wool in spite of using cedar balls. (Hate the smell of moth balls.)
  • mazeymazey Posts: 709Registered Users
    I have never had a moth problem, but I keep my sweaters in my closet year round with some cedar lined thingy. Moth balls must be the worst smelling things on earth, but if all else fails you can store them with the vile little balls and get them dry cleaned before the cooler months to get the stink out.
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  • KindredGhost1983KindredGhost1983 Posts: 1,187Registered Users
    I have one cashmere sweater and its got a plastic thingy (similar to what you see on gowns) over it.
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  • guinnessguinness Posts: 351Registered Users
    i hope there's a good answer because i have the same problem. i thought those cedar ball thingies would do the trick, but nope. i don't know, i almost hate mothball smell more than holes. even though i get the sweaters cleaned, i'm still convinced i can smell mothballs.
  • hayseedladyhayseedlady Posts: 646Registered Users
    I've never had moths holes in my cashmere sweaters. I don't know what I do except when I wash them I always use Borax Mule Team as an additive to every load. It either that or the herd kills the moths before they get a chance to eat my sweaters.

    I had a cat eat a huge hole in a really nice cashmere, that upset me greatly.

    ETA: I wash everything even though the tag says dry clean only, if it's really delicate I'll handwash it. If I ruin it ehh I'll find another one.
  • WileE-DeadWileE-Dead Banned Posts: 24,963Banned Users
    *snickers* medussa smells like moth balls
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  • KindredGhost1983KindredGhost1983 Posts: 1,187Registered Users
    *snickers* medussa smells like moth balls

    ha ha nyah nyah! :P
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  • RedCatWavesRedCatWaves Posts: 31,258Registered Users
    Moth balls must be the worst smelling things on earth, but if all else fails you can store them with the vile little balls and get them dry cleaned before the cooler months to get the stink out.


    Don't kid yourself. No matter what you do, mothball smell: NEVER. COMES. OUT.
  • medussamedussa Posts: 12,993Registered Users
    Thanks for the advice. I'm never doing mothballs, so I will just hold off on buying any good sweaters until we build a cedar closet.

    It's crazy how they still get to my clothes, though. I can't figure it out. Those sweaters are cleaned, packaged, sealed and put in a big plastic storage bin. The bin is filled with cedar balls. I just don't get it. :?