I so often get asked how to look after clothes. And particularly about how to prevent moths from attacking your favourite clothes. There’s no one answer so I take a holistic approach to keeping my clothes looking beautiful.
Follow washing instructions:
I always follow wash instructions to the letter. I wash almost everything at 40 degrees but I intercept all knitwear and silks and put them on the specialist cycle. I also use a specialist detergent for silk, wool and cashmere. Honestly, the soap manufacturers are not just trying to sell you an extra bottle! Standard laundry detergent contains enzymes that get cottons etc gorgeously clean but which will literally eat fine fibres like cashmere and silk.
Never use a tumble drier.
Tumble driers are bad for the environment, bad for your clothes and they are expensive to run. If you have got in the habit of using a tumble drier you will be amazed at how much longer your clothes look like new once you stop. Conversely – when I took the family on holiday to the USA this summer and had to put our clothes through a tumble drier I was completely horrified by how worn they looked after a single cycle.
Do a big wardrobe clear-out every season:
I’m big on wardrobe clear-outs. Every spring and autumn I go through my own wardrobe – and my kids’ – and get rid of garments that are the wrong size, worn out or just never get worn. A wardrobe that’s over-filled makes it impossible to keep clothes neatly folded and hung. But when you make space it’s easy to keep everything neatly stacked so nothing gets damaged or forgotten.
Keep your cupboards clean:
When you are clearing out your wardrobe make sure you build in time to clean it as you go. The dreaded moths love a grubby wardrobe. Also, make sure you check for dirty clothes and pull them out to be washed.
Store off-season clothes:
Store your off-season clothes safely out of your day-to-day riffling-through-in-a-hurry-to-get-dressed-zone. That means putting summer clothes at the far end of the rail or on the top shelf in autumn. Our large anti-moth storage bags are great for keep off-season clothes neat, dust and moth free.
Give special clothes special care:
Look after your favourite and expensive clothes by double checking that they are clean and then packing cashmere jumpers away in one of our anti-moth sweater bags. Put favourite jackets, shirts and dresses on neat padded hangers with dust covers so they’ll be fresh and ready to go come spring.
Use cedar wood and natural aromatherapy to keep moths away:
Add anti-moth cedar wood to your wardrobe to deter moths from flying in. The Charlotte & Co cedar wood hearts are ideal and come in small to scatter in your drawers and large to hang from your rail or hangers.
If you get moths…:
If you spot a moth infestation act fast! Clear out your wardrobe and clean it. Wash all your cashmere and woollens. Then put them in the freezer in a plastic bag for 2 weeks to kill any remaining moth larvae or eggs. Better safe than sorry!