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Old 01-20-2018, 12:00 PM   #1
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How do y'all store the wool that you aren't using? I googled it and found that it needs to have air and that it should be in an air tight container. Um... I upcycled some sweaters etc, plus ordered a used disana soaker that turned out to be the wrong size and we won't be using it for at least 6 mos or so. I don't want moths though! Do you stash it in a tub in the garage or what?

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Re: Wool storage?

I don't have much that we aren't using right now but what I do have is in a cardboard box in my closet. It's good to have it with something moth-repellent...like cedar or use a wash bar with moth-repelling eo's in it or something.
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I store in a cedar chest. Even in there I use a ziploc.
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Wish I had a cedar chest! Right now I have a garbage bag full of wool thrown in the closet; it was in a rubbermaid type tote with the out-of-use diapers, but when it got too full I guess I just tossed the wool in the garbage bag. I do use a wash that is supposed to help repel moths--in the summer we used to have moths all over the house (inside) at night because of how we had the screens in, and I worried about all the wool sitting out in the changing area but never did get moth holes, maybe because of the wash.
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I store in a sealed Ziploc.
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Thanks, all! Cedar repells moths? Because I don't like mothballs... Unless they have some better smelling ones than I remember
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Cedar basically repels any pests. You could also get some Cedar wood chips.
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They sell cedar blocks and balls so you can turn a storage tub into cedar storage.
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Thanks, all! Cedar repells moths? Because I don't like mothballs... Unless they have some better smelling ones than I remember
You definitely don't want anything like mothballs stored with any clothing or diapers that you are going to use for your littles, or any other human, for that matter. They are made of nasty and are only effective in high concentrations.

In order to safely store your wool, make sure that it is clean and free of any pests (you can make sure that you don't have any hitchhikers by giving your clean DRY wool a spin in the dryer on high heat for several minutes--I usually do 30--the tumbling and the heat will tend to destroy any eggs or larva that might be present), then store them in an airtight box or bag. I would suggest getting them out and cleaning them or running them through the dryer at least once a year.

Carpet beetles and clothing moths often prefer soiled material, so making sure that your woolens are clean and properly stored will go a long way to protecting them. Regular vacuuming and making sure that floors and closets are clean and aired out will help control any pests. Eucalyptus, cedar and lavender are often thought to be repellent to clothes moths and carpet beetles; I wouldn't count on them for protecting wool on their own, but they will make your woolies smell nice.

Editing to add, "soiled" can also mean well lanolized--insects are often attracted to oils, sweat, and food stains on clothing, in addition to the fibers themselves.

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You definitely don't want anything like mothballs stored with any clothing or diapers that you are going to use for your littles, or any other human, for that matter. They are made of nasty and are only effective in high concentrations.

In order to safely store your wool, make sure that it is clean and free of any pests (you can make sure that you don't have any hitchhikers by giving your clean DRY wool a spin in the dryer on high heat for several minutes--I usually do 30--the tumbling and the heat will tend to destroy any eggs or larva that might be present), then store them in an airtight box or bag. I would suggest getting them out and cleaning them or running them through the dryer at least once a year.

Carpet beetles and clothing moths often prefer soiled material, so making sure that your woolens are clean and properly stored will go a long way to protecting them. Regular vacuuming and making sure that floors and closets are clean and aired out will help control any pests. Eucalyptus, cedar and lavender are often thought to be repellent to clothes moths and carpet beetles; I wouldn't count on them for protecting wool on their own, but they will make your woolies smell nice.

Editing to add, "soiled" can also mean well lanolized--insects are often attracted to oils, sweat, and food stains on clothing, in addition to the fibers themselves.
What a well thought out answer Lanolin "traps" urine so "stripping" it all out before storing sound like a good plan.
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