Home Care

DIY: Moth-Repellent Sachets

Forget the stinky, toxic moth balls—here's a sweeter smelling substitute

Photography: Gardenista (Main Photo)

In a hot and humid country like ours, clothes moths can be a real problem. They lurk in our closets without us noticing and before we know it, they have already eaten away at our favorite t-shirts, sweaters or even jeans. 

A quick fix would be to use store-bought moth balls. However, while these are toxic to pests, each ball contains naphthalene and paradichlorobenzene—these chemicals set airborne fumes that can slowly poison us, too. To keep our family healthy and moths out of our homes, you can turn to an all-natural alternative that uses nothing but herbs. Try it with our step-by-step guide:

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What you need: 

  • 1 oz. dried lavender
  • 1 oz. dried rosemary
  • 20 pieces of bay leaf 
  • sachet bags
  • scooper
  • medium-sized bowl

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  • In a bowl, combine all the dry ingredients except for the bay leaf. Mix well.
  • Scoop the mixture into the sachet bags until they are about 3/4 full. Add one bay leaf each. 
  • Pull the drawstrings to close the sachet and make sure the knots are tight to avoid spilling. 
  • Place your new deodorizers in drawers, closets or any spot that needs to be protected from moths. 

RL Tip: One sachet lasts a week! Change it out as often as needed or when the scent fades. 

PHOTOS and SOURCES: Gardenista (Main) | Apartment Therapy | wisecraft

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