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Post# 442279   5/27/2021 at 01:40 by electrolux137 (Land O Plenty USA)        


In all my many years of being fascinated with vacuum cleaners, one device I've never had occasion to use is any of the various moth-eradicating attachments that were offered with most major brands. I've had a variety of them over the years mostly for display purposes but never actually needed to use one.

That all changed today.

I went to my closet to get a gray wool dress jacket that I hadn't worn in a while. When I pulled it out I was shocked and dismayed to see that it was so full of moth holes that it looked like Swiss cheese. Disgusted, I took it out to the trash can.

Then I got to thinking about all those moth devices I have, and the unopened boxes of moth balls. And so I got to work. I decided to use the Electrolux Model G for its quiet sound but excellent airflow.

I got a box of moth balls from the garage. Using a hammer, I pulverized about six of the balls inside a plastic bag and dumped them into the Vaporizer.

I attached the Vaporizer to the blower end of the Electrolux, attached a sealed vinyl hose to the Vaporizer and then a crevice tool onto the end of the hose, allowing me to direct the exhaust under the door.

I covered the bottom of the door with a heavy blanket, plugged the Electrolux in and let it go to work.

It ran for about an hour before all the moth crystals were "vaporized."

Afterward, I put a handful of room freshening crystals into a clean bag, disconnected the hose, and let the Electrolux run in my room for another half-hour.

There's still a faint odor of moth balls lingering in the air but it'll be gone by tomorrow. I'm keeping several fans running including an air cleaner to help hasten that.

Only time will tell if this did the trick. Wish me luck!

And now a segue into my favorite "Dad" joke:

Dad: Have you ever smelled moth balls?

Victim: Oh yes, yuck! Peeee-yooo! They smell awful.

Dad: Really? How did you get his tiny legs apart?


But seriously folks...

I'm here all week.......

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Post# 442281 , Reply# 1   5/27/2021 at 03:26 by MadMan (Chicago, IL, USA)        

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I lol'd

Post# 442316 , Reply# 2   5/28/2021 at 03:32 by hygiene903 (Galion, OH)        

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Hope the mothballs do the trick for you! It is unusual to need them these days, but I remember the days when most vacuum cleaners offered some kind of demother, either as part of the attachment kit or as optional equipment, and they all had different names for them. Besides Electrolux's Vaporizer, AirWay had the Whirl-Away Insector, Filter Queen had the Jet Demother, Hoover had the Mothimizer, Kirby had the Crystalator, Lewyt had the Snufficator, Regina had the Reginerator, and I'm sure most other manufacturers had them as well, but I don't know the names of the others.

Post# 442340 , Reply# 3   5/28/2021 at 18:32 by huskyvacs (Indiana)        

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I think maybe because of the city and pesticides you do not see moths as much as they used to be. At the campground in the country you would have moth issues with ones that fed on textiles, but here in the city the moths I see are just small moths that do not feed on paper or clothing and never any big ones. Rarely every few years I might see a bigger sized one. Also in case anyone did not know this - spiders hate the smell of moth balls too - so even if you do not have moths if you have a spider problem it helps for that too.

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