• July 16, 2024

Woman’s hack to stop clothes being ruined by moths

There’s nothing more frustrating than discovering your favourite clothes have been destroyed by moths. However, a cleaning expert shared a rather unusual trick that could save you a lot of trouble – and it’s surprisingly simple.

The specialist from ‘Purdy and Figg’ took to TikTok to reveal her secret method for repelling moths – and it could even stop these pesky insects from returning at all.

“If this happens to you, start off by popping all of your clothes in a sealed bag and placing them in the freezer overnight,” she explained, posting to her account @purdyandfigg. “This will remove any eggs that are still remaining and then wash on a delicate wash just to make sure they are clean.”

Contrary to popular belief, adult moths don’t actually eat your clothes. Instead, they lay eggs on your clothes and, once they’ve hatched, the larvae will feed on the fabric to stock up on key nutrients.

If you’re curious about what nutrients could possibly be found in your favourite leather jacket, the answer is: none that humans would find appealing. It turns out, larvae typically thrive on animal fibres but tend to eat almost anything.

To prevent a nightmarish infestation from happening again, the expert also recommends using their own ‘Moth Magic’ spray on wardrobes and doors. She explained: “Its moth-repelling ingredients will keep them at bay.”

On the flipside, if you’re having an issue with moths in the garden, Elise Harlock of Prestige Flowers recommends another perhaps more bizarre ‘garlic hack’. She explained: “Start with two cloves of garlic. Crush them and soak them in about 500ml of water overnight. In the morning, strain the mixture to remove the garlic pieces.

“Add a teaspoon of vegetable oil and a few drops of dish soap to this garlic water. The oil helps the mixture stick to the leaves, and the soap helps to disperse it evenly.”

According to Elise, the early signs of a box tree moth infestation include clear webbing on plants. Hatched caterpillars will then feed on any leaves in sight – potentially leaving you with a ‘devastated garden landscape’.

“Look out for signs of webbing or caterpillars, as early detection can prevent severe damage,” Elise added. “If you spot caterpillars, remove them by hand and destroy them to prevent further infestation. Consider adding bird feeders or bird-friendly plants to your garden to attract these helpful allies.”

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