Natural Moth Repellent

How to Make Your Own Natural, Herbal Moth Repellent

If you’ve ever been stung by moths and cried over ruined clothing or linens, you’ve likely looked for ways to fend off the little bugs, with traditional moth balls being the go-to solution. But most moth balls are formulated using the chemicals paradichlorobenzene (which goes by other names such as 1,4-dichlorobenzene, PDCB, para crystals, paracide, among others) and naphthalene (which goes by moth flakes, white tar, or tar camphor) - chemicals that can be harmful to children, pets, and your health, too.

Natural moth repellents are possible, however, so if you’re looking for a way to protect your textiles, try out these eco-friendly moth remedies:

  • Cedar chips and oil: Cedar naturally repels moths. You can use this to your advantage by either wrapping up some cedar chips in a sachet or some cheesecloth, or put a few drops of cedar oil on an absorbent cloth, and then put either cedar repellent in the storage container or closet with your would-be moth-food.
  • Essential oils: Some essential oils also do a good job of fending off moths, including rosemary, rose petals, lavender, mint, and vetiver. As with the cedar oil, just put a few drops on a cloth and hang or drape in your closet.
  • Dried lemon: Put some naturally dehydrated lemon peels in a sachet or sprinkled in the clothes trunk to keep moths away.


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