Do you ever go to your closet, excited to pull out your cosiest cashmere sweater, only to find it suddenly has a gaping hole? The culprit is likely a moth. Though you may not have seen them, these little pests are there, silently wreaking havoc on your favourite garments. Clothing moths are nocturnal creatures, thriving in the darkest corners of your home – your closets. They lay tiny larvae that are incredibly hard to spot and leave stringy trails resembling cobwebs.

Why Are Moths Attracted to Your Clothes?
The main attraction for these moths? Fabric that has absorbed bodily fluids such as sweat, saliva, and oil. The larvae feed on these remnants, making your beloved cashmere pieces a prime target if they haven't been properly cleaned.

How to Prevent Clothing Moths from Invading Your Wardrobe
Protecting your cashmere from moths involves a few simple but crucial steps:

1. Clean Before You Store: Always wash your cashmere items before storing them for long periods. Even the smallest amount of residue can attract moths.

2. Use Cotton Care Bags: Store your cashmere in a cotton care bag with cedar blocks. Cedar is a natural moth deterrent, adding an extra layer of protection.

3. Seasonal Storage: For long-term storage, especially over a season, place your cashmere in a box or bin. This not only keeps moths out but also protects your garments from dust and moisture.

4. Keep it Fresh: Use a deodorising spray to keep your cashmere fresh throughout the season. Our deodorising spray includes cedar, adding a pleasant scent while keeping those pesky moths at bay.

Identifying Moth Holes
Moth holes usually appear as small, irregular-shaped holes with jagged edges. If you notice these in your cashmere, it's a sign that moths have already paid a visit.

Added Protection: The Freezer Method
If you suspect larvae might be hiding in your cashmere, you can put the item in the freezer for a few days. This can help kill any larvae that might have escaped your initial cleaning efforts.

Final Thoughts
Taking care of your cashmere is not just about maintaining its luxurious feel and look but also about protecting it from hidden threats like moths. By following these simple steps, you can ensure that your cashmere stays beautiful and intact for many years to come.

At Elle & Riley Cashmere, we believe in making every piece of clothing a cherished part of your wardrobe. With a little extra care, your cashmere will continue to provide you with warmth and elegance, season after season.

For further care tips visit our care page. 


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