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How to Store Your Winter Clothes

Watch more Beauty & Fashion by Season videos: Subscribe to Howcast's YouTube Channel - Put your winter wardrobe away properly to protect your clothing. Howcast uploads the highest quality how-to videos daily! Be sure to check out our playlists for guides that interest you: Subscribe to Howcast's other YouTube Channels: Howcast Health Channel - Howcast Video Games Channel - Howcast Tech Channel - Howcast Food Channel - Howcast Arts & Recreation Channel - Howcast Sports & Fitness Channel - Howcast Personal Care & Style Channel - Howcast empowers people with engaging, useful how-to information wherever, whenever they need to know how. Emphasizing high-quality instructional videos, Howcast brings you experts who provide accurate information in easy-to-follow tutorials on everything from makeup, hairstyling, nail art design, and soccer to parkour, skateboarding, dancing, kissing, and much, much more. Step 1: Launder everything Wash or dry-clean everything before putting it away. Insects feed on food and perspiration stains, even ones you can't see. And oxidation can turn an invisible stain into an unsightly yellow blotch. Tip Don't starch anything you iron—bugs like to munch on that, too. Step 2: Remove dry-cleaning bags Before storing dry-cleaned items, remove the plastic and air them out. Dry-cleaning bags can trap moisture inside, leading to mildew stains. Step 3: Fold your sweaters Fold your sweaters in acid-free tissue paper, which you can find online or in good stationery stores. Then store them in a heavy-duty plastic trash bag, a plastic box with a mesh-type lid, or in a new cardboard carton. Tip If you have an expensive cashmere sweater, put it in a plastic bag and stick it in your freezer for a few days. The cold will kill any moths and their larvae. Step 4: Hang pants and skirts Hang pants and skirts on hangers with clips. Leaving them folded over a hanger can leave a permanent mark. Step 5: Buff your boots Clean your shoes and boots. For leather, brush away dirt with a cotton cloth or shoe brush, polish them with saddle soap, and apply leather conditioner. For suede, use cleaning tools and products made specifically for that material. Tip Check shoes before storing them to see if any need new tips, soles, or heels. It will save you the effort in the spring. Step 6: Stuff and stash Store footwear in cardboard boxes or fabric shoe bags. Stuff the boots with old newspapers or plain tissue paper so they'll retain their shape. Tip Never store leather shoes in plastic bags; they may mildew. Step 7: Find a cool, dry place Store clothes in a cool, dry place—not the attic or basement. Or ask your dry cleaner about seasonal storage; it's usually offered for a nominal fee. Step 8: Make your own moth chasers Instead of using mothballs, which are toxic, make natural moth repellants by filling muslin sachet sacks with dried lavender. Or soak some cotton balls in lavender oil, put them in the bags, and stick them in closets and drawers. Step 9: Use heavy hangers Hang coats and jackets on wooden, thick plastic, or padded hangers. Leaving them on flimsy wire hangers all summer can cause them to become misshapen. Did You Know? Contrary to popular belief, cedar closets are ineffective at stopping moth infestations.
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