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« on: May 02, 2004 12:37:03 PM »

I have a couple of scarves I've knitted from wool and I'm going to put them away for the summer.  I want to keep them safe from moths but need some tips.  I can't stand the smell of moth balls (they make my really sick to my stomach) and I don't have a cedar chest to keep them in.  does anyone have any tips for keeping your wool knits safe?

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« Reply #1 on: May 02, 2004 01:57:03 PM »

Just buy some cedar blocks or balls instead of storing them in a cedar chest. You should be able to get them from Bed Bath and Beyond, Linens and things, or other home/bedding stores.
« Reply #2 on: May 02, 2004 03:15:53 PM »

I use lavender (natural repellent) and store my WIPS and finished stuff in Ziplock Easy Zipper baggies. I live in NoCal and it's pretty dry up here, so I'm not so worried about dampness. I was told my my LYS that many yarns are treated with some sort of mothgaurd. Some state this right on the labels, some don't. For example, I know Lamb's Pride Bulky does.

Just did a google search for "natural moth repellent" and there are lots of advise...I've included one of recipes below:

"I have a nice natural moth repellent recipe that I'll include here, but before you get to the stage of packing away wool clothes with herbs, make sure that you clean them thoroughly and even air them in the sun for a few hours first. If you discover moths in your clothes, place items in a clothes dryer on high heat for about 15 minutes if the fabric can handle the heat; if not, freeze for two days to kill the moths and eggs.

Natural moth repellent sachets are nice to tuck into sweater drawers and hang in closets.

To make a batch, combine:
2 ounces dried rosemary
2 ounces dried mint
1 ounce dried thyme
1 ounce dried ginseng
8 ounces of whole cloves.
Blend the herbs and make into sachets by stuffing them into simple handmade bags of assorted sizes.

Other plant materials that work well as moth repellents are lavender, lemon, hyssop, winter savory, and cedar shavings.

You may also have heard that the camphor plant produces a powerful, antiseptic, volatile oil that is famous as a clothes moth insecticide, and it deters other pests as well. However, it has been banned in some countries due to its high phenol content, so although it is natural, only use it for extreme infestations, and then use true caution."

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« Reply #3 on: May 02, 2004 07:52:37 PM »

Lavendar and other herbs will make the scarves smell nice, but won't necessarily keep the moths away.  Best thing to do is clean the scarves and seal them into something - plastic bag, tupperware container, whatever, to keep bugs out.
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