Caring for Your Vintage Clothing

Caring for Your Vintage Clothing
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We all have clothing that we want to save for various reasons. It may be baby clothing or blankets, clothing worn at special occasions or even items that belonged to our grandmothers or mothers. How can we store them safely?
-First, make sure that the clothing is washed and dried according to the instructions. Do not use any starch or other additives before storing. You want it to be clean and fresh before it's stored!

-Folding is much better than hanging and you want to keep clothing away from light. If possible it's better to not use an area that gets extreme changes in temperature. If your attic isn't heated or vented in an older house you may want to pick another location. A uncarpeted area is also best, because pests will more likely be attracted to carpeted areas.

Never store your fabric items in plastic of any type. The fabric can't breathe when surrounded by plastic. One alternative is to make your own fabric bags out of cotton muslin and place the clothing inside the bags, then store them in a closet or chest.

-Place the lightest items on top, and try not to stack too many together at once. Moth balls can be used but never let them touch the fabric.

-Cedar is a good alternative and smells much nicer. Herbs such as lavender can be added for scenting, but will not prevent or kill moth larvae. Even the moth balls and cedar will fail unless you have the area/chest sealed. That's why it's good to check your clothing once or twice a year for damage and to replace herbs, moth balls or cedar if necessary. Jessica, one of our subscribers also shared: I have a lot of old pillow cases and I used those to make a cover over the clothing and I have also made them longer and put buttons or snaps at bottom. I've also made pockets on each of the and put cedar balls in them the keep the bugs away.

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Brenda Hyde is a freelance writer living on ten acres in rural Michigan with her husband and three kids. She is a mom, grandma, gardener, cook and writer. She blogs on all of these topics at


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