I can’t put it more bluntly than that!
I mentioned in a previous post that I had a velour hat from the 1970s that had become a snack for bugs. I’d heard that freezing garments will kill bugs in them, so I figured that this hat was a good candidate – better to practice on less expensive items before I try it on more collectible or older things.
And better to practice in any case, because freezing things just sounds weird.
Step One: Put the garment in two VERY tightly closed bags – they should be airtight. Squeeze out all the air you can before sealing. Label so family members know they can’t eat it for dinner.
Step Two: Wait two weeks. (cue Jeopardy music)
Step Three: Take the thing out of the freezer. Allow to return to ambient temperatures by letting it sit a day before opening.
Step Four: Panic because you see water droplets inside the bag, and get worried that it will become moldy in a 24 hour period. Open before it’s warmed up.
Step Five: Realize it got crushed and attempt to get the thing back into it’s original shape.
Step Six: Enjoy the freshly bug-free thing!
Freezing this hat worked perfectly: I found dead bugs on it after I took it out of the bags. Now that I know this method works, I have more things to freeze, starting with some wool sweaters.