There’s a reason that moth balls have a very distinct smell – they’re very toxic. Moth balls contain a deodorant, naphthalene, which the National Toxiology Program has designated as a potential carcinogen and suggests removing moth balls from homes. Not everyone has the space (or budget) for a cedar closet, but there are eco-friendly alternatives to moth balls that actually smell good! So whether you’re just pulling out your sweaters or putting them away for the season, a moth repellent is key to making sweaters and other winter wools last.Natural Moth Repellent Sachet Directions
• 2 ounces each of dried rosemary and mint
• 1 ounce each of dried thyme and ginseng
• 8 ounces of whole cloves
• Sachets (cotton teabags, scrap cloth, bandana, etc)
Directions: 1. Combine ingredients in a large bowl. 2. Fill sachets with herb mixture. 3. Place in dresser drawers, hang in closets, etc.
If the above herbs don’t smell appealing to you, others herbs work well such as cedar chips, lavender, lemon, cinnamon, eucalyptus and bay leaves.
More Wool Tips: - Clean wool clothing and air in the sun for a few hours before storing away. - If moths are found, freeze wool clothing for two days. - Or, spray moths with a mixture of neem oil, water and castile soap.
Rachel is an Chicago-based architect and LEED Accredited Professional. When she's not designing homes, she enjoys spending her free time traveling, gardening, and playing with her french bulldog.
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