If your wool sweaters need to be protected from moths or your heirloom items require special care, you'll find that the time spent on storing your clothes properly will reward you the next time you get them out of storage. There will be no moth holes, no mildew, and no need for replacements.
- New garbage cans make good storage containers for clothing. If they are airtight, and you are storing freshly cleaned clothes, you won't need to add mothballs.
- If your cedar closet is old and no longer smells of cedar -- which deters moths -- lightly sand its surfaces. The sanding will open the wood's pores and release a fresh cedar odor.
- The cedar odor only repels moths; it doesn't kill them. Clean all clothes before storage to remove any moth eggs.
- Mothproofing products should be placed as high as possible in the closet because the fumes filter downward.
- To prevent mildew from forming in a leather purse during storage, fill the purse with crumpled newspaper and leave it unfastened.
- In humid climates, corrugated boxes can be used for clothes storage if you coat the box with shellac to keep out moisture.