When searching for alternatives to mothballs, many people forget that there are beautiful and eco-friendly options that they may have overlooked at first. This is great news since pulling out your winter wardrobe and finding that you need over $1000 worth of replacements is not easy. On top of that, people that have disabilities are often sensitive to chemicals and mothballs are full of unwanted wafting fumes.
Despite all the worry that moth prevention entails, with a few tips and some basic background knowledge you will have a healthier way to evict moths.
Only put clean clothes in storage – Cleaning is a beautification process in and of itself. It is also a great way to prevent moths. Of course, you cannot clean the wool that moths love without taking it to the dry cleaners. If you are alarmed that toxic dry cleaning is suggested, do not worry. There is no need to fear dry cleaning toxins these days since many cleaners have environmentally friendly methods that specifically work on moth prevention.
Put stored clothing in sealed containers – No one is perfect, and there is always a chance that you or someone else in your household will forget to clean everything before you put it in storage for the summer. Unfortunately, moths are attracted to any kind of human or animal protein. This means that the late spring cold snap where you wore your jacket could now be an attractive place for moths to feed. For this reason, find some wooden or plastic boxes for storing your woolens. This procedure will keep moths out and the storage boxes can be built into rolling stools, furniture, or other clever re-use ideas.
Herbs, pomanders and potpourri sachets – With some of Mother Nature’s favorite herbs and spices, you can make a variety of attractive anti-moth alternatives. Place the herbs in a loose-knit bag (cheesecloth) and let the scents do their work. A few ribbons and beads make it look fancy.
One problem that some people have comes from storing the herbs on top of the clothing. This could cause staining from the herb oils and needs to be avoided. You can also hang pomanders made from citrus fruits embedded with cloves. The following are some herbs known to prevent moths:
Cinnamon (chips or sticks; not powdered)
Leaves from eucalyptus
Red Cedar lined closets – Depending on where you live, cedar can be easy to come by and is certainly beautiful. The point is that you need to make sure that the cedar is free of other pests before you start nailing it to the inside of your closet. The moths will hate the smell and you will get to have your clothing perfumed with the pleasant cedar aroma.
One additional tip is that you do not cover your cedar boards in paint or clear sealer. Instead, let the unfinished wood stand and use sandpaper periodically to re-release the scented oils in the wood. In a pinch, you can also use cedar chips that are sold for hamster cages.
Finally, no matter what cedar product you use, you will need to remember to check for the smell. If the smell of cedar (or any moth preventing herb) is not strong, it will need to be reinvigorated with light sanding, buying new cedar chips, replacing the herbs, or a new bottle of essential oil.