How To Make a Moth-Repellent Sachet

updated Feb 24, 2019
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Whether you’re just pulling out your sweaters or putting them away for the season, a moth repellent is key to making your winter wools last. Forget the stinky, toxic moth balls—and who really has the space for a cedar closet? What you need is good smelling, tiny alternative, and we’ve got just the thing!

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The combination of the herbs below will make a delicious, moth repellant sachet for your drawers or closets, but if some of the ingredients aren’t available to you, or you aren’t fond of those particular scents, just use dried lavender by itself. I had a bunch of lavender and rosemary leftover from my garden last summer, so I decided to make my sachets out of those ingredients along with the addition of bay leaves. Using 1 oz. each of lavender and rosemary yielded three sachets. You can also try:

  • 2 oz. each dried rosemary and mint
  • 2 oz. each dried thyme and ginseng
  • 8 oz. whole cloves

What You Need


  • 1 oz. dried lavender
  • 1 oz. dried rosemary
  • 1 bay leaf per sachet
  • Sachet bags


  • Scoop
  • Medium sized bowl


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1: In a large bowl, combine your ingredients. Mix well.

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2. Scoop heaping tablespoons into your sachet bags, filling them about 3/4 of the way full.

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3. Add a bay leaf and pull the drawstrings to close your sachet.

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4. Place your sachet in a drawer, or place around a hanger in your closet. Change out when the sachet has lost it’s scent.

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.

Edited from an original post by Rachel Wray Thompson published on February 19, 2009

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