How do you reduce the risk of mold on stored clothes?

We have a lot of baby clothes that we would like to store now that she has grown. I purchased some of the clear plastic, flip-lid boxes from Home Depot, and we have put the clothes in plastic bags. But we live near the ocean, and have a high humidity environment, and are wondering what other steps you would recommend to reduce the risk of mold on stored clothes?


They would be stored for a couple of years at a time, so we are looking for some solution that doesn't require maintenance (like Damp-Rid). Any ideas?

November 3, 20040 found this helpful

I live in South Florida, and am familiar with the mold problem. Air is the enemy - especially moist air. So the solution is to either remove the air from the garment or dry the air around it. Those new plastic bags that suction out air with a vacuum cleaner are excellent. Please don't be penny-wise and pound foolish and buy imitations. They leak and break easily. You also get the added advantage of being able to store almost twice as much clothing in the same amount of space. Then put the garments in the flip-lock container. Additionally, purchase some damp-rid crystals for the closet.

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November 3, 20040 found this helpful

I have seen packets which absorb damp....maybe try to seal the lids to the bottoms with duct tape??? How about regular clay cat litter in old stocking legs you've cut off!! That absorbs moisture!

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December 7, 20040 found this helpful

THANKS - I will try both the bags and the cat litter...

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June 29, 20050 found this helpful

you can make small sachet of muslin cloth and fill up very loosly with cloves

this will suck away any moisture in the fabric---keep the bugs away and will smell good and last in the long run

you have to make sure your clothes are dry---or u can just put them in the dryer and after it cools down put it away in palstic bag

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December 27, 20130 found this helpful

The best thing that is smelly and absorbers moisture is incense, save any crepe paper you get with gifts and roll 2 incense sticks into a little bit of the paper then place them at the top and bottom of draws, cupboards, storage boxes etc... any plastic packaging you get from storage boxes too save that and put it at the bottom of your storage box you bought don't let it go to waste. The smell on incense lasts forever as long as it's wrapped up in some sort of thin paper and it is strong smelling too, any type will work.

Here in Lancashire in England everyone has problems with major mold. Right now I have a tone of mold on the walls near the window, behind the heater and because I have a small room, I have to put storage under my bed. The stuff in the boxes stink now though and I haven't been able to stop it so far.

I'm going to take your suggestion and use newspaper though, my mum is going to get some from work and I'm going to lay 3 pieces on the bottom of each one, add some incense sticks then add another piece of news paper on top of each of the lids because a tone of mold and dust just collects on top of them.

I'm probably going to tape the newspaper on top of them into the side grooves of the lids. After that I'm just going to hope for the best and hope it works, if that doesn't i don't know what will.

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December 28, 20130 found this helpful

Wrap some crepe paper around some incense sticks and put a bit of tape on the ends and in the middle just to seal it and put a few in your storage boxes (this preserves the scent and they last forever, strong ones, use newspaper like we are recommended too, put a few pieces on the bottom, some on the sides, some over the top of the clothes and some on top of the lid as a lot of dust will get on storage boxes too, i would tape them on so the dust and stuff goes on the paper not the baby clothes. Any thick plastic packaging like you get from new baby clothes keep them and store them in them as nothing can get though them and use zip-lock bags as well.

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