Now that the weather has gotten colder, it is time to pack up our summer clothes for the winter.

Moths are attracted to soiled/dirty clothes, so be sure to wash your clothes before placing them in storage. Laundering in hot water kills moth eggs and larvae.

Once you are ready to pack the clothes, consider adding a moth repellant. You can make your own moth repellent sachets with a few natural products to avoid a moth infestation in your closet. They are much better than toxic, industrial moth balls. You just have to fill tea bags, waffle balls or simply a bowl with moth-repelling herbs or essential oils like lavender, rosemary, mint, thyme, cloves, eucalyptus, lemon and ginseng. When packing up your summer clothes you can also add black pepper grains to ward off moths. If you like, you can also add a bar of soap to perfume the box and enjoy your good smelling clothes. Generally, you should try to store susceptible clothing (wool, silk, fur, animal fibers) in airtight boxes or bags and to make sure that there are no holes.

By Amelie Jo Fieldler (language intern)