Moths & Cashmere



How to Protect Your Cashmere From Moths

 Moths love warm, dark, quiet places.  

Welcome changes in our lifestyles, such as central heating, and that we generally own more clothing (which is worn less often), has led to moths being more of a problem than they were in previous generations, where wardrobes were cool places and with having fewer clothes, these were stored less and worn more regularly.  
Now, the occasional moths you see flying around your home aren’t any threat to your cashmere; it’s their babies. Moths lay eggs, which under the right conditions hatch.  These Larvae, have particularly good taste and are attracted to keratin, which is why your cashmere and wool clothing is their meal of choice.  
To reduce the risk of getting these pests in your home and anywhere near your cashmere, here are some tips:  
You want to make sure that your cashmere is free from any traces of food, skin, hair and sweat particles, as these will attract moths. This is especially important if you’re packing your cashmere away for the summer months.

Professional dry cleaning will kill any larvae, remove eggs. Likewise, extreme cold will also kill any moth larvae, so freezing your cashmere overnight in sealed plastic bags is an option. Yes, people do store their cashmere amongst the frozen peas! 

A more straight forward option is simply wash by hand. See more tips on caring for your cashmere here. A good steam iron, not only gives the garment a pleasant fresh finish, it has the added advantage in that moth eggs don’t last long when exposed to the heat. 

Vacuum and clean regularly the room and wardrobe that you’re storing your cashmere in as general cleanliness will go a long way in protecting your clothes. 

You can scent wardrobes or drawers with natural moth repellents such as lavender, camphor and cedar which work in varying degrees.  Be sure to replace these regularly though, as the smell fades over time, which dulls their affect to repel. 

Finally, you can always use mothballs ie chemical repellents to keep moths at bay. Visit the haberdashery section of Coles or Woolworths, you will find a wide selection of mothballs that either repel or kill moths. 

And most importantly if you find a garment with a nibble, yes they tend to select just the one, to start with anyway…take the garments surrounding this item, wash, iron and mothball, to ensure no stray eggs hatch and nibble. 

Just remember that your cashmere can last for years when treated well, so invest a little time and effort, and these pieces can become heirlooms, as many a customer will testify!


For Further Information, feel free to also visit these pages:

Caring for your Cashmere, Cashmere Washing Instructions     Cashmere Stain Removal, Olivia Graham Cashmere

Pashmina Washing, Olivia Graham Cashmere     Washing Wool Blankets

Moths & Cashmere, Olivia Graham Cashmere     Oprah's Thoughts on Cashmere