Storing Woolen Clothing?

What cedar chips are best to repel moths? Can I store a wool coat from the cleaners in a plastic bag?


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May 30, 20190 found this helpful

They sell moth proof garment bags. But I would just put your coat in a garment bag. Then put cedar chips.

I buy my cedar from The Container Store:


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May 30, 20190 found this helpful

I do not store woolens in the plastic bags. They need to breathe. It is important to wash or dry clean them at the end of the season.


Moths are attracted to the body oils left behind unwashed articles.


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May 31, 20190 found this helpful

Cleaners have bags for woolen garments so, if possible, ask for these when having coats cleaned.
Otherwise you will need cloth garment bags but you can use a cotton sheet in a pinch. Just try to wrap it around your coat and fasten opening with clothespins. Wrap the bottom so it seals.
You can purchase cedar chips or cedar planks to put in bag before sealing.
Clothes have to be very clean or bugs will find a dirty spot.
Cedar planks can be refreshed by sanding with any type sandpaper.


Both types of cedar can be purchased at Walmart / Target type stores.

Do not use cardboard boxes as the glue attracts bugs.
If your storage area/closet has high humidity you may need to burn a small light bulb most of the; keep the door open or use moisture capture bags as moisture will also harm woolen clothes.


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