At Sassind we spend considerable time sourcing natural fibres of the highest quality to transform into timeless, versatile and luxurious casual wear. We create our garments to be enjoyed for many years but sadly there are natural predators with an insatiable appetite for luxury fibres that can damage and destroy our much-loved pieces. Enter the humble moth and silverfish. Unlike pantry moths, the clothes moth love damp, dark places to hide, breed and feast. If you have ever noticed small, perfectly round holes in your clothing, it is safe to say that one of these bugs is responsible. Left unmanaged these small insects can wipe out an entire wardrobe. The good news is there are some natural and simple ways to protect your clothing.
Moths love dark, cool areas and they like to be left undisturbed. They feed on a naturally occurring protein called Keratin which is found in wool, cashmere and you guessed it, human hair and skin. To deter these bugs it is vital to keep your wardrobe clean. Wipe down shelves every month using a damp cloth and some lavender essential oil. Give the floors a thorough vacuum and if you do notice an infestation, wash and dry your garments, pop them into a plastic bag and then freeze them for 48 hours. This will kill any moth or silverfish larvae.
Caring for natural fibres
Wool and cashmere love the fresh air. Between each wear, hang them on a hanger and give them a little time outside. When it comes to washing, we use and recommend Australia’s very own Bosisto’s Wool & Delicate wash. It performs beautifully, is gentle on sensitive skin and contains Eucalyptus essential oil which has antibacterial properties. Recently, we have taken to adding a drop of Lavender and a drop of Cedarwood essential oil to each wash, to further protect our garments. For a comprehensive washing guide, revisit our ‘Caring for your Cashmere’
Always clean garments before storing to prevent a build-up of dirt, stains and odours. To ensure garments retain their shape, fold rather than hang (this is especially true for cashmere and wool knits). Your Sassind orders always come in a cloth drawstring bag, this is the safest way to store your garments as it allows the natural fibres to breathe. Invest in some cedarwood balls or blocks to naturally deter moths and silverfish. Additionally, we have been adding a drop of doTERRA Cedarwood essential oil* to our cedar balls to further boost their potency. Not only will your clothes be protected but your wardrobe will smell amazing. Cedarwood has a wonderfully calming and soothing effect on our emotions, it’s a win-win scenario!
With proper care, attention and love, your wardrobe can remain moth free and see you enjoying our garments season after season.
We use and recommend doTERRA Cedarwood essential oil as it is made from by-products of the lumber industry making it a waste-free sourcing option. If you would like to purchase your own bottle of Cedarwood essential oil at a wholesale price, you can do so by following this link and clicking join and save.
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