Fabric Care

Spinning Earth



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I am one of a kind – love me & look after me

I am made of wool and I am scared of the washing machine!! Washing Machines combine Hot and cold water shock with soap and friction. If washed in one I will come out a fraction of my former self ☹. Instead, I like nothing more than to soak in a nice warm bath with some eco bubbles – squeeze me gently and rinse me down in water that is not too cold.

Lay me or hang me on a luxury hanger to dry, because I am special, and smooth me to my former shape. Protect my colours from the sunlight – none of us react well to long days in the sun! Don’t shut me away in the dark either - moths linger here. While you are enjoying your summer trips unless you put me to bed properly in my plastic sleeping bag all clean with my lavender and herb comforter.

I will enjoy good times with you and your friends for years to come – if you love me ☺

Moths - enemy no. 1 to wool

Suspect profiles – No other moth shall be accused of such heinous crimes against wool!
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Adult clothes moths do not cause damage – it is the larvae, which actually feed on wool, causing the problem of holes in wool products. The lifecycle of the clothes moth ranges from two months to 2.5 years. The adults lay eggs on products that the larvae will consume. Each female moth can lay 100 to 150 eggs that hatch in about five days. The larval stage itself can last from 2 - 30 months.

The lifespan of the moth depends on the availability of food (like wool). That is why moths can be so devastating to rugs. Rugs and garments provide a huge source of food - if gone unnoticed the larvae can feed for almost 2.5 years. An infestation of only several weeks can result in pile loss the size of a fist on a rug.

So you can see that moth infestation can be a real issue for wool lovers. But how do you know if you have a moth problem?

Indicators to look for are a lot of flying adult moths – this shows the infestation may be considerable. Look for loose carpet fibres on top of rug pile – this is a result of the larvae actually eating the knots off the rug foundation. Also, look for the cocoons (slightly fuzzy cylinders 1/8-inch in diameter and 1/2-inch long that are the same colour as the rug pile or garment). You may see the actual larvae squirming along the pile surface and underneath the rug or in the creases of garments

Ok, so you’ve examined your woollen item and sure enough, you’ve found signs of moths or moth larvae. So now what? How do you get rid of them?

The best thing to do is to start with a thorough washing. Immersion washing will remove the larvae and the drying process will destroy the eggs. Carpet cleaners are generally not enough to thoroughly remove the source of the moths.

Take a moment to inspect your woollies thoroughly. Remember, moths thrive in dark places, so it’s especially important to examine the underside of the rugs and move your garments around frequently.
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How to make your own natural mothballs

The moth caterpillar can inhabit any home, and is not a sign of poor domestic hygiene! The egg-laying adult moth, attracted by a light source, can enter homes via an open window. Once the eggs are laid and larvae newly hatched, they feed on the wool fibres - Jerseys and sweaters, unworn during summer.

Conventional wool yarns and textiles are chemically treated to make them moth-proof. Organic wool is not chemically treated at any stage of growing or processing and needs to be stored correctly to protect it from moths.

Organic wool yarns or organic wool knits need to be stored away over the summer months in a sealed container or chest. Camphor or cedar chest are ideal because both woods produce strong aromas that repel moths.

Most modern mothballs are made from poison. Making your own natural mothballs will give your woollies extra protection. So here is a simple and fun recipe for DIY mothballs. There are many herbs with strong aromatic properties that are known to repel moths. To make our natural herbicide mothballs use any three herbs from the following list:
  • Lavender
  • Pennyroyal
  • Thyme
  • Rue
  • Chamomile
  • Mint
  • Rosemary
  • Tansy
  • Wormwood
  • Lemon
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In addition to herbs you can use camphor laurel or cedar shavings.
Cut out little pockets from fabric. Sew them up and stuff them with the herbicide potpourri. When folding away your woollies put one herbal mothball in with each garment. They are good for one to two years.