The other day, something flew out of my closet. I’m pretty sure it was a moth. Being the person I am, I freaked out and assumed it was a moth (dead set on eating all my clothes). It probably wasn’t because first of all, it’s moth babies that eat clothes, and second, my apartment seems pretty buggy so it was probably a normal moth, not a laying-babies-destroying-clothes kind of moth.
But still! Better safe than sorry, I say. After all, mothballs are toxic. They’re basically a form of pesticide and can release toxic vapors if the container they’re kept in is not sealed completely. And besides that, they’re really only designed to repel moths, not kill them, so why not make my own? I started googling and cobbled together the recipe below based on this one and this one. I didn’t have any muslin cloth, so I cut up an old reusable produce bag that had started to look grungy anyway. At some point, I need to buy some cedar because it’s excellent not only for killing larvae but for repelling adult moths, too. But in the meantime let’s hope these DIY mothballs do the trick. I really don’t need a moth infestation at the moment. They were super easy to make so hey, even if they don’t work at least my clothes will smell nice…
- Cloth (Muslin or other breathable cloth)
- Cotton ball
- Lavender essential oil
- Cedar Shavings
- String or twist tie
Put lavender essential oil on a cotton ball. Place on cloth with other ingredients. Tie with a string or twist tie. Place in a closet.