Sunday, January 20, 2013

Homemade Moth Balls

Every winter, don't you remember pulling your sweaters from drawers, each individually wrapped in a plastic bag with a moth ball? It cracks me up to imagine how I must have appeared at school, wearing a big, moth ball smelling sweater, my carefully feathered hair sticking out from static. Ugh.

There is something to be said about moth balls though. When pulling our clothes off the line in late summer, we often find moths tucked into the folds. The lucky undiscovered ones make their way back into our closets to leave tiny holes in my favorite sweaters.

So, what's the alternative to stinky moth balls? I found one that's actually quite pleasant, and it seems to have worked.

Ingredients & Materials Needed:

10 Tbsp dried lavender flowers
20 drops Lavender essential oil
20 drops Cedar Wood essential oil
5 pieces of fabric, cut into squares
Ribbon
Scissors

Directions:

1.
In a bowl, combine lavender flowers with essential oil. Stir well, until lavender fully absorbs the oils. Transfer to a glass jar, cover and store for 24 hours.


2.
Spread each piece of fabric on a flat surface. Place 2 Tbsp of the lavender mix onto the fabric.


3.
Pull up the corners of the fabric, and tie your ribbon tightly around the loose edges to create a ball. Secure with a blow or knot. Trim fabric.


4.
Tuck each ball between clothing layers inside your drawers.

These homemade moth balls smell good, and they're effective!

What do you do to prevent moths from nibbling your clothes? Do you have a different recipe you can share?

25 comments:

  1. Much prettier that traditional one!

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  2. I'm going to have to try this. Thank you!

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  3. We haven't had a problem with moths where I live, but your recipe sounds like something I would love to try, just to make my clothes smell good! *Ü*

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    1. I pulled out a sweater to wear yesterday and smelled the wonderful scent of cedar and lavender throughout the day!

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  4. Great tutorial for DIY moth balls! Who wants that nasty smell on their clothes anway?! I haven't had a problem with moths, so I've never had to use anything...but I do use moth balls to keep the mice out!

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    1. Interesting! I had no idea that moth balls deterred mice. Good to know!

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  5. Great idea and they sound like they smell really good, much better than the old stinky moth balls we use to use

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  6. This is great! Thank you for sharing! I hate the smell of traditional moth balls, but these sound more like wonderful air fresheners than what I think of as moth balls

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  7. Great idea! One question - do the oils seep through the fabric or they all absorbed by the flowers?

    Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Thank you for your great question! The oils are absorbed by the flowers, which is the reason the mixture is covered and stored for 24 hours before transferring to the fabric.

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  8. Interesting, I'm also going to try this. thanks.

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  9. Luckly, I haven't had any moth problems, but I do recall the ugly smell of the mothballs. This would be a great substitute.

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  10. Can't wait to give this one a try! Thanks for posting!

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  11. decorative and better smelling LOVE IT!!

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  12. I love this idea and looks so pretty too!

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  13. Unique Cozy Treasures - I have never had a moth eat my clothes, but I do remember the distinct smell of nasty moth balls at my grandmother's house when I was a kid. Your recipes sounds like a much better alternative.

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  14. Great idea, will definatley be trying this

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  15. I sell this combination at the shows I do at home. I love the way you have bundled these!

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