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Herbal time-proven home solutions to get rid of moths without the use of smelly mothballs and other store-bought products. 


Mint leaves are another effective moth repellent. Place a handful of dried peppermint in a sachet, or place loose leaves among your clothes. Peppermint oil works well, too. Just apply a few drops to a cotton ball, and tuck it in the corner of your closet. Add more peppermint oil when the smell starts to wear off. Mint is also good for keeping mice away.

Fill sachets with dried lavender, or dip cotton balls in lavender essential oil. Then, place them in your closets, drawers, and boxes of off-season clothes. Lavender smells great to us, but it’s highly repellent to moths and other insects.


Cedarwood has long been recognized as a moth repellent, and for good reason—it works. If you’re lucky enough to have a cedar-lined closet or chest, be sure to make use of it. Otherwise, pick up some cedar chips or blocks from the store, and place them wherever they’re needed. You can even buy cedar drawer liners or cedar rings that fit over hangers.

Note: Cedar loses its scent (the repellent aspect) over time. To bring the scent back, sand the cedar lightly, or purchase a bottle of cedar oil and apply it to the wood.

Cloves, Thyme and Rosemary
Fill a sachet bag with cloves, thyme, rosemary, or a combination of these herbs to keep moths at bay for months. While moths don’t like the smell of these herbs, humans sure do. Replace the contents of your sachets every six months or whenever they begin to lose their fragrance. To save money, buy your herbs from the bulk bins at the grocery store. Most natural food stores have them. (Source- thespruce.com)

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