Everything You Need To Know About Storing Your Knits

If you haven’t packed away your cozy winter sweaters, now is finally the time. But don’t just fold them up and stick them in the back of your closet—perish the thought! Ensuring your beloved cashmere cardis and wool pullovers stay pristine and moth-free for the next few months requires a little planning and protocol. Knitwear expert Lynne Hiriak shows us the way with her insider tips!

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  • Everything You Need To Know About Storing Your Knits
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    From vacuum seal bags to lavender sachets that keep your sweaters feeling fresh, click through today’s slideshow to shop Hiriak’s essentials and more!

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  • “The key to storing your wool and cashmere is to make sure it’s clean when you pack it up, because bacteria creates holes and contamination.”

    If you don’t want to go the dry cleaning route, Hiriak recommends using a natural no-rinse cleanser for delicates. You can also run your sweaters through a gentle cycle in the washing machine--just be sure to let them air-dry after.

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    Soak Wash ($16)

  • “I like to flat fold and stack my knits on an open shelf for the circulation, but vacuum seal or ziplock bags are effective too, as long as you seal out the air or moisture.”

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    PEVA Sweater Bags ($9)

    Ziploc Space Bags ($20)

  • “Adding cedar wood and lavender keeps your knits smelling clean and deters moths from damaging the fabric.”

  • “It’s easy to make a homemade sachet with chips and dried herbs. They not only preserve your knits, but they smell good too!”

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    ​L’Occitane Lavender Perfumed Sachet ($12)

  • If you're hand-washing delicate knits, this cedar-scented cleanser is super gentle and formulated specifically for delicate fibers.  

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    ​The Laundress Wool & Cashmere Shampoo ($19)

  • Not going the storage route this season? These natural sachets are scented with a mix of naturally moth-repelling essential oils--such as vetiver, geranium, and peppermint--and can easily be tucked into drawers to ward off pests.

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    ​Caswell-Massey Cedar Colibri Anti-Moth Wardrobe Sachet ($5)

  • This sweet floral box zips shut and can fit under the bed or stacked in your closet.

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    ​IKEA Garnityr Box ($9)

  • Believe it or not, a gentle baby shampoo such as this classic is perfect for washing sweaters by hand and will work in a washing machine too.

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    ​Johnson’s Baby Shampoo ($4)

  • These paper incense date all the way back to the 16th century and are packed with the scent of frankincense and myrrh. Slip them into your drawers or storage containers to keep knits from smelling stale when you take them out in the fall.

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    ​Carta d’Armenia Burning Paper ($28)

  • Clear plastic boxes with lids that create a tight seal between outside air and the contents within are ideal because they’ll protect your knits and you can see what’s inside.

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    ​The Container Store Sweater Boxes ($6-$10)

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