Fleas got into my sewing stuff--do I need to throw it all out?
August 7, 2012 9:12 AM Subscribe
Alrighty. We were about to move into a new house, and found AFTER I'd moved several plastic tubs of sewing stuff (LOTS OF CLOTH) into the house that it was terribly infested with fleas. Do I just need to throw it out, or is there something I can do?
posted by supercoollady to home & garden (27 answers total)
We moved the stuff into the garage (along with some other things that are either about to be cleaned with bleach or get thrown out). We're not moving into that house now, and we don't ever have to go in there again, BUT the fleas came out, and when my husband was moving the stuff out of the garage this morning he ended up with many fleas on him.
Clearly, the cloth is possibly infested (probably infested, I'd wager--the plastic tubs weren't air tight). I'm going to have to go through the tubs to get my scissors, etc., anyway, and I'm wondering if when I do that if I should just put ALL the cloth in the big garbage bag and throw it away, or if the stuff that's washable at a high temperature is salvageable? I'm already saying goodbye to the patterns, velvet, etc.
The cash value of this stuff isn't that much (although some of it's new which is frustrating), but if it's possible I'd like to salvage what I can. That said, if I can't eradicate the possibility of fleas to a reasonable certainty, I don't want the stuff in the house and will (possibly while weeping) absolutely throw it out.
But here's my basic question: I want to take no chances with fleas. Will the hot-water wash and dry kill the fleas and their eggs? Can I be sure of this? WILL I EVER FEEL CLEAN AGAIN?