Three Simple Steps to Get Rid of Moths

Crocus at Lavender Green FarmChanging seasons signal the time to protect your wardrobe from the dreaded Moth whose damage to a favorite garment is disheartening and expensive. Moths will attack any natural or synthetic and natural blended fabrics, so nearly everything in your closet is a target. They will even go after leather! While sometimes the telltale holes can be rewoven, most moth damaged clothing ends up a total loss.

Lavender can protect your valuable wardrobe from moths with a fragrance that will soothe your soul. Unlike mothballs which smell toxic and cedar which can stain clothing, lavender can be used to prevent, clean and store your clothing as a triple threat to a Moth invasion without any negative side effects.

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Step 1: Environmental Scan

Begin by taking everything out of your closet. Vacuum the floor and “swiffer” the walls–you may want go a step further by washing floor and wall surfaces with lavender floor soap to clean and freshen. This is a “moth prevention” tactic and will greatly reduce the probability that these destructive pests will find a home in your closet. If you do discover any moths (dead or alive) call a professional pest management company and start the scan on each closet in your home before they arrive. As you put each outfit back, inspect clothing for soil and stains and sort into two groups for washing or dry-cleaning. Make another pile for clean, out of season clothing to go directly to storage.

Step 2: Clean and Protect

Moths will be attracted to any biodegradable soil in clothing, but dry-cleaning or washing will eliminate the attraction. Wash rather than dry clean as much as possible following the care instructions and add lavender laundry conditioner to final wash rinse for an “all over” lavender scent and layer of protection. Tossing lavender dryer sachets into the dry cycle will provide lighter scent and can also be used as refresher for clean woolen sweaters and blankets on the “dryer press” cycle.

Add freshness and moth protection to your closets with our Lavender Closet Set.

Add freshness and moth protection to your closets with our Lavender Closet Set.

Step 3: Store

Store your clean, out of season clothes in a cloth garment bag and hang a lavender sachet on the inside over one of the hangers. For long-lasting lavender protection, spray the cloth garment bag with lavender sheet spray. Remember to use a wooden, plastic or padded hanger of the right size and button the garment, so that the shoulders and lapels are not distorted next season. Store the garment bags in a clean, cool and dry area and label the contents so you can find an outfit in a hurry. For foldable items, tightly sealed plastic storage containers work well and can often slide under your bed for easy access. Before snapping them shut, add a lavender dryer sachet. For open shelf or basket storage, you can place each item in a heavy duty plastic storage bag and chill it for an hour in the freezer before storing. This extra step will kill any moth larvae that you may have missed.

Lavender Shoe Stuffers

Don’t forget that your shoes are also a target for moths. Fill them with our Lavender Shoe Stuffers for freshness every day.

Remember that your shoes can also be a target. First clean then store out of season shoes in a shoe bag or caddy and use a lavender filled shoe stuffer to keep them dry, fresh and protected.

How often should this be done? Twice a year the experts advise.

To learn more about lavender closet tips and purchase items mentioned in this article please check out our Closet Freshener Line

Creating a Healthy and Restful Bedroom with Lavender

At the end of a long day, there is nothing more comforting than to slip into your bed with fresh cotton sheets and a comfortable pillow and drift off to dreamland.  A gently lavender scented bedroom is beneficial too, because lavender naturally calms, soothes the spirit and lulls us to sleep.  There is no beauty treatment that can compensate for lack of sleep.

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Let’s start with the bed, the main feature of every bedroom.  Lavender fragrance helps your sleep experience in three ways.  Lavender can do the hard work of keeping your bed clean and free from dust mites, bed bugs and other intruders.  It can also make your bed smell clean and inviting and lastly lavender offers wonderful sleep benefits.

Starting with a clean bed is the first step.  Fresh pillows and a clean mattress are the foundation to a good night’s sleep.  Dust mites easily accumulate and bed bugs can easily be brought home from a trip in your luggage.  Cleaning the mattress and naturally treating these intruders can be handled with a blend of baking soda with a few drops of lavender essential oil, sprinkled on the mattress, allowed to work for an hour and vacuumed thoroughly.  Check out our Facebook Infographic “Good Night, Sleep Tight, Don’t let the Bed Bugs Bite”.  Our Facebook friends have also contributed helpful tips and comments on this post.

Experts recommend that you launder your sheets at least once a week.  We wash our sheets and cotton blankets in The Good Home Lavender Laundry detergent and finish them off with Lavender Fragrance conditioner. You can also make your own by adding a few drops of lavender essential oil to your favorite Unscented detergent and Conditioner.  Pillows, down comforters and wool blankets can be freshened by putting them in the dryer with Lavender Dryer sheets or Dryer Sachets on the “cool” or “air fluff” cycles.  We use two dryer sheets for this treatment.  In a pinch, you can make your own lavender dryer sheets by spritzing lavender essential oil on a clean, damp wash cloth and tossing it into the dryer with the pillows and blankets, or toss in any lavender filled sachet.

Remake your bed for the season, too.  When a frost is predicted, we add a down filled blanket to our staple sheet and cotton blanket.  After days of freezing weather, we often add a wool blanket to make 4 layers of warmth–sheet, cotton blanket, wool blanket then down comforter.  When the bed loses its scent it’s easy to refresh the whole thing with Lavender Sheet and Clothing Spray for an instant freshener.

Lavender Bed Pillow - Lavender Bouquet - CreamFor continual lavender scent in the bed, choose one of our lavender filled pillows.  LavenderGreen pillows are filled with organic kapok or buckwheat hulls and generous amounts of lavender.  A small neck roll or boudoir pillow will act as a bed sachet and a larger standard pillow with 20 cups of lavender flowers will scent the whole room!  If you want a lighter scent of lavender in your pillow, select a lavender pillow sachet.

We have a full line of lavender pillows in our Shop.  We can also custom make a pillow for you in your fabric or with an alternative fill or ratio.  After Hurricane Sandy, one of our favorite lavender lovers from New York ordered 5 standard sized bed pillows, filled entirely with lavender!

Lavender and Flax-Filled Eye Pillow

Chose an Eye mask or Eye Pillow if you can’t completely darken your room for sleep at night or want to catch an afternoon power nap.  Our eye pillows contain organic lavender and flax seed which offer the added benefit of reducing eye puffiness.  Our Spa eye pillows and masks contain organic lavender and buckwheat berries that can be warmed in the microwave and hold their heat for 30 minutes–wonderful for sinus issues.Lavender Pillow in Summertime Lime Blue ColorsRemember your children’s bedrooms, too.  These same tips and techniques are wonderful for their room and will help them settle down at night.   We have pillows they’ll love, like the minky neck roll or the Summertime pillows.  Lavender is safe for babies, children  and teens and helps them get the rest they need.  My husband still remembers smelling lavender when he traveled in Europe as a kid in the 50’s–so lavender will evoke many happy memories for your children when they’re all grown up!  If you’re in doubt about lavender for children, check out this recent study, reported by essential oil safety expert, Dr. Robert Tisserand.

There are many more ways to scent your bedroom with lavender and more ways to better sleep to explore. We’ll get to them in future posts.  Meanwhile, let us know how these ideas work for you and if your have tips to share with readers.

Cheers!
Ginna

Cleaning and Scenting your Kitchen with Lavender

 Let’s start with the kitchen, the heart of the home.  The most important step is to start with a clean room. Lavender is a natural cleaner, so we’re in luck!  Kitchen smells and bacteria are prevalent on the counters, the stove top and oven and the refrigerator.  So we’ll begin there.

Tappan Stove in UseAround the farm’s kitchen we use The Good Home counter spray on all surfaces because it’s safe, effective and very fragrant.  For cleaning tough mold around the sink, we use an old tooth brush and our own Lavender/Citrus anti-bacterial soap, followed by a good rinse

Lavender Glass and Surface CleanerWe use the surface cleaner spray for the floor for quick clean ups.  Just spritz the floor and spritz a large micro-fiber mop (washable) and it’s a snap!  For deep cleaning, add a few drops of lavender essential oil to your favorite floor soap and go for it. Lavender Essential Oil is healthy and has been used to clean since the days of the Roman civilization.  Lavender is gentle on all finishes, and offers calming aromatherapy to the cleaner, so why bother with products that add to the in-door pollution of your home?

For the refrigerator, clean all shelves, baskets and exterior surface with warm water, white vinegar or baking soda and a few drops of essential lavender oil.  You can actually add a few drops of lavender E.O.’s. to any of your favorite soaps to improve fragrance.

Remember to vacuum the vent at the bottom of the refrigerator where dirt and grease collect and the top of the refrigerator, which is often neglected.  Finish off the fridge with a small bowl or shaker jar of baking soda, mixed with a tablespoon or two of lavender flower buds and a few drops of lavender E.O. to absorb food odors.  Use our French lavandin buds in the recipe for a lavender “fresh” scent. Place the bowl at the back of one of the shelves and change it out when it loses it’s fragrance or gets damp.  Baking soda is your friend in the kitchen for almost any stain or smell.  Sprinkle smelly garbage with this mix of lavender buds and baking soda, or make a “soft scrub” with baking soda, lavender essential oil and a little water to clean stained surfaces.

Kitchen textiles, like curtains, placemats, dish towels can all be washed in lavender laundry detergent followed by lavender fragrance to condition.  We wash our dish towels at the end of each day routinely for safety’s sake.  Just before the crowd collects in your kitchen, spritz the curtains and towels with The Good Home’s non-staining, Lavender Sheet and Clothing Spray for instant fragrance.

Beautiful Lavender Gift SetWe’re almost there!  To finish it all off, add a lavender candle (to burn, not dust) The candle will burn out bacteria and not overpower the good cooking fragrance.  Use a real E. O. candle made from soy wax and a natural cotton wick to keep it all non-toxic.  A great combination for the kitchen is lavender with citrus.  We offer a lavender-citrus potpourri and candle and are planning to add a non-toxic lavender-citrus room mist soon.  The potpourri is a continual fragrance source and the candle can be lit when the stove is in action.

We’d love to get tips from you, too!  Please comment and share your own tips and techniques for a sweet smelling home.

Cheers!
Ginna