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    Ruth Evenhuis
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Make your own eco friendly moth repellent

Have you ever excitedly pulled out your favourite cosy wool jumper after months of it being in storage, only to find it munched by moths? Oh no! Those pesky little moths seem to have a taste for our favourite pieces and lay their little eggs in our woollens. When the mothlings (not sure if that is a word) emerge, they munch through our high-quality (delicious) merino, silk, alpaca and cashmere that their parents lovingly chose for them. It's almost cute picturing the babies having a delicious snack of winter woolies until it happens to your favourite jumper.


A lot of people choose to use moth balls to get rid of moths. Moth balls are made from the chemicals naphthalene or paradichlorobenzene and when exposed to oxygen, exude toxic gas that not only kills little mothlings but are also hazardous to soil, water, plants, air quality, wildlife, pets and - you guessed it - humans. The good news is that using herbs to protect your woollens is just as effective as using moth balls, with the added bonus of having your clothes smell delicious and not polluting your body with toxic chemicals.

Here's how to do it:

Collect some sachet bags. I had some lying around the house but if you choose to buy them, get something made from natural fibres so it can go straight into the compost when you finish using it.

Gather up some dried herbs, spices and/or peel. You can use:
Rosemary
Mint
Thyme
Cloves
Peppercorns
Ginseng
Cinnamon
Lavender
Cedar shavings
Eucalyptus leaves
Bay leaves
Lemon
Orange
Citronella
Lemongrass

Instead of using dried herbs, you can also use essential oils by dropping 5 or so drops onto cotton balls and adding them to the sachet. Amount of herbs used depends on the size and quantity of bags you want to make.

 

 

I decided to use dried lavender, rosemary, thyme, cloves and cinnamon because that's what I had on hand. I also freshly dried some orange and lemon peel in the oven for my sachets, mainly because it makes the house smell amazing.

 

 

I started by blending the herbs in equal portions before adding more of what I like - citrus peel, cloves and lavender. I then poured the mixtures into my bags, adding 2 sticks of cinnamon to each bag before pulling the drawstring tight.

 

 

Before storing with your clothes, give the bag a few squeezes to release the essential oils. The bags should last at least a season, especially if you give them a little squeeze from time to time. To keep for even longer, the sachets can easily be topped up with extra herbs or a few drops of essential oils to keep the moths at bay.

For more tips to keep your clothes free from moths, check out our caring for cashmere blog post.

  • Author avatar
    Ruth Evenhuis
  • diyhow totoxic free

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