There are a few go to jokes my husband likes to torture me with, but one of his favorites is the concept of the “Chanel moth” – a special devious breed which specializes in the most high quality of UK/Scotland manufactured cashmere, zipping through your closet in search of the most expensive pieces to munch. Since this is pretty much my #1 greatest nightmare, I halfway believed him the first time he said it. Because I love my knits and cashmere! So today I thought I would share one of my spring/summer rituals which I do at least once to twice a year, which I believe has helped keep my closet moth free and my knits fresh. The great “airing out”.
Did you know that moths hate sunlight? They avoid it whenever possible, and just the act of shaking out your clothes and hanging them in the sun will a) repel moths and their disgusting larvae (which are what actually eats your clothes), and b) shake out any larvae which might be already in your clothes (even more disgusting). The sun is also a natural disinfectant and will help get rid of any storage odors, etc. So every spring, as soon as the sun comes out, I clean all of my winter knits and pieces with fur and then as an extra precaution, set them out in the sun to air out (though fur shouldn’t be in direct sunlight too long). I do this even with the pieces I haven’t worn, so that they don’t get musty.
Does it look kind of crazy? Yes. We had some workmen at the house right as I was in the middle of my batch last weekend and clearly they they thought I was loco. I could tell that they clearly wanted to ask what was going on, but were afraid of angering the preggo. However, it works, and (knock on wood) I haven’t had any issues with moths yet, or my clothes smelling musty out of storage. It’s a few passive hours of work on a sunny day, and will keep your clothes fresh.
Other tips I have to ward away moths:
1. Keep your clothing clean. If you spill food on your cashmere, you have to wash it. That’s just good hygiene, not to mention good economics (especially if your cashmere is Loro Piana priced).
2. Wear your pieces. The more you wear your pieces, the less they will attract moths, because as I mentioned above, the very act of shaking them out dislodges them. Its the items in your closet that you have sitting there, stagnant, season after season, which are in the greatest danger.
3. Airtight storage for those pieces you don’t wear often. Because of reason number two above.
What do you think of my sun ritual? Crazy or cool? Do you do anything like this for your closet?