4 Natural Alternatives for Mothballs

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Discover 4 ideas to prevent moth damage without chemicals this season.


When it comes time to start putting away seasonal clothes or clothes you don’t wear often, skip the mothballs and take care of your clothes with these alternatives.

Tip: Before putting everything into storage, wash items with Tide to make sure they’re clean.

1. Cedar Chips

Use cedar chips as a useful alternative for protecting fabrics in your closet from moths.

  • Hang cedar blocks and cedar chip balls in closets from the hangers with string.
  • Place small plastic containers filled with cedar chips throughout the closet.
  • Replace the chips every year or when the smell noticeably lightens, for freshness.
  • Find cedar chips at any major home supply retail store.

2. Airtight Containers or Garment Bags

Seal up clothes in containers as a preventive measure and to free up space in the closet.

  • Use airtight containers or bags, sealing your favorite pieces while they’re out of season to create a barrier that blocks out moths.
  • Try large zip-close garment bags as another option.

3. Clean Pet Crates Regularly

Moths are drawn to animal crates. Prevent moths being from coming in the house by routinely cleaning out all the surfaces pets use.

  • Cages and bedding can serve as hatching grounds for moth eggs.
  • Deep-clean cages that have any type of shredded paper with soap and water on a weekly basis.

Tip: Febreze is also great at tackling lingering pet odors.

4. Satchels of Lavender

Most moths tend to avert the scent of lavender. Simply add a few branches to a cloth satchel and place a few throughout the closet, and then enjoy the fragrant aroma.

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