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With the arrival of spring comes the arrival of insects such as moths. Moths are annoying as well as destructive if they’re allowed to enter your home to feast on your clothing items.

While mothballs are a common means of repelling moths, there are natural moth repellents that are nontoxic and just as effective.

1. Essential Oils

It may surprise you to learn that essential oils can be used for more than aromatherapy. Certain essential oils can actually act as natural moth repellents. Such oils include citronella, lavender, cedarwood and clove.

The best way to utilize the moth repellent properties of these oils is to place an oil diffuser inside of dresser drawers or wardrobes so that the scent can permeate the area containing your clothes to offer a wide area of protection.

If you don’t have a diffuser, you can pour a few drops of oil on cotton balls or ribbons of cloth and place them near your clothes as well as near any entrances or openings to the closet.

For best results, you should use high quality, pure essential oils. You can always buy oils online but you should do your research on brand names because some brands sell diluted oils which don’t have the same effect.

2. Dry Storage

Moths are naturally drawn to areas where moisture is prevalent such as basements and garages. Refrain from storing your clothing items in these places.

Opt to store your clothing in dry storage areas instead. Dry storage areas are considered to be places that exist far from any sources of water such as a leak-free attic or under your bed. These areas of your home also tend to be dark which provides an extra layer of protection since moths prefer to stay in well-lit areas.

Moths are naturally drawn to areas where moisture is prevalent such as basements and garages. Refrain from storing your clothing items in these places.

3. Spice Pouches

Spice pouches may sound a little far-fetched as natural moth repellents, but they are surprisingly effective. Moths also dislike the scent of certain spices such as thyme, rosemary, and clove.

You can create your own homemade moth repelling spice pouches in the comfort of your home for pennies on the dollar. Thyme, rosemary, and cloves are spices that you may already have in your home for culinary purposes, so all you would need is a small cloth pouch to store the combination of spices. Once you’ve created your spice pouch, hang it near your clothes to grant them an aura of protection.

Moths are also attracted to sweat and dirt, so it is wise to thoroughly wash and dry your clothes before putting them away.

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