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Why you shouldn't store clothes in cardboard boxes: what to replace them with

Yulia PoteriankoNews
Cardboard boxes are too unreliable for storing clothes. Source: Created with the help of AI

The durability of clothes depends on their proper storage. It is important that moisture and insect pests do not penetrate the fabric, that it does not fade in the sun, and that it is not damaged in any other way.

That is why clothing care experts do not recommend storing clothes in cardboard boxes. OBOZ.UA asked them about their recommendations

Storing things in boxes can be convenient, especially during the moving period. However, cardboard has a whole list of disadvantages. First, cardboard lets moisture in. In addition, it can be chewed through by moths. And it doesn't protect fabrics from odors at all. Thus, you can end up with severely damaged clothes after a season of storage or on the road.

What is the best way to replace cardboard boxes? Experts advise giving preference to plastic containers with lids. They are suitable for moving things and for long-term storage. In addition, the container itself does not deform under load, which provides additional protection.

However, although plastic storage containers are better at protecting your clothes than cardboard boxes, there are a few things to keep in mind before buying them. Storing clothes in this way can also lead to damage if you don't take proper precautions. For example, clothes stored in transparent containers run the risk of fading when exposed to sunlight. Therefore, it is better to give preference to opaque boxes.

In addition, before packing your clothes, you should line the bottom of the container with a cotton cloth, such as an old sheet. This will protect your clothes from damage if the plastic gets scratched and there is a risk of snags on the fabric. Also, don't be lazy and close the lid of the container as tightly as possible to prevent moths from getting inside. And do not forget to dry your clothes thoroughly before folding them in this way – water does not evaporate from a closed plastic container, but remains inside and damages the fabric.

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