October 1, 2014

Natural Moth Repellent

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We seem to routinely find tiny holes in some of our clothes after they’ve been stored in the closet for a while.  And unwilling to buy toxic moth balls, I searched for a natural method of getting rid of them and found that there are more ways than just using cedar.

If you haven’t discovered Mountain Rose Herbs yet, please check them out.  I buy all my cocoa butter and shea butter and beeswax from them for making natural skincare products, but I also buy all my dried herbs there, too.  These herbs come in handy for making scrubs and herbal baths, but they are essential for this natural, herbal moth repellent.

You could also grow some of these, like rosemary and lavender, which are relatively easy to grow.  And some of these items like cloves and cinnamon are, of course, available in the spice section at the grocery store.  Be creative.  You don’t have to spend a fortune to make this natural remedy against moths.

Moth-Repelling Herbs and Spices

  • peppermint
  • thyme
  • mint
  • cedar
  • clove
  • lavender
  • orange
  • lemon
  • cinnamon
  • rosemary

Herb Combinations to Try

  • 2 Tablespoons dried lemon peel /2 Tablespoons dried rosemary / 1 Tablespoon cloves
  • 2 cinnamon sticks (broken) / 2 Tablespoons dried orange peels / 2 Tablespoons lavender
  • 2 Tablespoons dried peppermint / 1 Tablespoon cloves / 2 Tablespoons dried orange peels

Mix it up.  Try new combinations and definitely mix up what smells great to you!  After all, your clothes may end up with a subtle hint of whatever natural fragrance you pick!

To use them effectively in our closets and boxes packed away for the season, I like to stuff a little sachet bag with a couple tablespoons of two or three dried herbs, and place the bags inside the clothes boxes with lids tightly secured. Or sometimes I just hang one on a hanger right next to my clothes in the closet.

Where to Find Sachet Bags

  • Of course, you could make your own.
  • Order cotton muslin bags at Mountain Rose Herbs.
  • Save the ones that little gifts come in. (Like the little Brighton jewelry gift sachets.)
  • Use plastic sandwich bags, and poke holes in them with a fork.
  • Order them (for really cheap) here.
  • Use old pantyhose. (I know.  No, I don’t own any.  Not one single pair.  But if you do, then you’re in luck!)

What’s your favorite natural moth repellent?

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Comments

  1. Great post. While I agree these ingredients work, try our Ceylon Cinnamon Leaf Oil which is far more powerful. OK OK we are biased since we sell the stuff, but this stuff works. Our Cinnamon Oil has 75% Eugenol content, which is the compound that makes it a potent anti-micorbial and anti-bacterial and anti-septic. All you need is a squirt, diluted to 1% with water, sprayed in your cupboards. No staining on 99% of cothes, non toxic, and pet friendly.

    Believe me, Moths, Silver Fish, Spiders and all kinds of other creatures that lurk in your cupboards leave in a hurry. The best part about Ceylon Cinnamon Leaf Oil is that it is the most potent Black Ant repellant you can buy. And you can spray Cinnamon Oil on that ant covered cake, let the ants leave and then eat the cake. Makes a great disinfectant too, especially for the inside of your refrigerator. All natural.

  2. Natasha says:

    Just came upon this post and wanted to shed some light. I never had moth in my house before but I did have holes in my clothes from other little creatures and I didn’t know I had a problem until I came home one night from a party. I wore my cashmere tight fitted sweater and since I was in my third trimester I was unable to see my belly. After the party I walked into my house and my sister in law asked me what was up with the holes on my tummy. Could you believe no one said a word at the party! Right away I knew what might be causing holes in my clothes.
    My husband and I noticed little tiny black bugs and their larva, which we identified as carpet beetles. The adults fly through the windows and the larva is what eats the wool. We always found them on baseboards and by the windows. They loved tight spaces. Most people don’t pay attention because they are so tiny or they don’t know they have them. I constantly clean my house and consider myself organized– some might think it happens to those who don’t keep the home and that is not true. It came happen to anyone. I found a little in the pantry. Since this, I checked all my family members homes. My mother, sister, and brother all had them.
    What I did was I went to Container Store and bought the cedar planks. Next I got Cedar Oil and every month I apply 10-12 drops on each cedar plank. Leave it to dry and place them in you closet, drawers, under bed, or any place you want. I also bought natural cotton garment bags also from Container Store. I use them for all my wools (coats, skirts, suits). Yes, you can’t see your clothes, but it protects them and I do put the planks in there as well. Sorry for the long comment, but I hope this helps.

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