Prevent Moth Damage to Clothing With Cedar Sachets
By Ken Hoyt
When it’s time to put fine wool garments away for the season, a few minutes of pre-storage care can prevent moth damage and add years to your clothing’s life. Mothballs contain naphthalene, a chemical that harms the nervous system and destroys red blood cells. This cedar sachet will help protect and gently scent your valued garments.
Cedar oils are sold by their origins; look for Western red and Virginia cedar wood oils.
6 cups cedar shavings (sold in bags at pet stores)
1 teaspoon cedar wood essential oil
1 yard cotton or linen fabric
6 yards ribbon or twine
12 rubber bands
1. Place shavings in a glass bowl and sprinkle with 1 teaspoon of essential oil. Mix thoroughly.
2. Set aside for 2 to 24 hours. Add more oil for a stronger scent.
3. Cut fabric with pinking shears into a dozen 12-by-12-inch squares. Cut a dozen 18-inch lengths of ribbon or twine.
4. Place 1/2 cup of shavings in the center of a fabric square. Gather edges and fasten with a rubber band, followed by the ribbon tied in a bow.
5. Tuck a sachet in each drawer or storage container. Refresh the oil in your sachet annually.
• Clean wool clothes before storing. Moths are attracted to stains from food, body oil and sweat.
• Hand wash or dry clean garments to rid them of moth eggs or larvae. Ironing also works.
• Freeze out moth eggs by putting garments in a sealable plastic bag and placing it in the freezer for two to three days.
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