Natural alternatives to mothballs can help keep your clothing safe while out using harsh insecticides that may be harmful to you and your family.
Moths are everywhere in Oklahoma right now and one place you don’t want them is in your home. Moths can do some real damage to wool and other clothing items, so how can you keep them away?
A common method is using mothballs but they usually contain naphthalene or paradichlorobenzene. These chemicals can have harmful effects on humans, pets, and other wildlife.
That mothball smell is actually insecticides and when exposure is high enough it can be dangerous. They are also very dangerous if chewed or swallowed.
“In humans and other animals, paradichlorobenzene is broken down in the body to form other compounds that may be harmful to cells or organs such as the liver.” (source)
“When naphthalene gas is inhaled, the body breaks it down into other chemicals that react with cells in the body and damage tissues.” (source)
Natural Alternatives to Mothballs
- Lavender: Dip cotton balls in some lavender essential oil and/or fill sachets with dried lavender. Place these anywhere you are worried about moths getting. Bonus, lavender grows very well in Oklahoma and is drought tolerant so you can grow your own.
- Mint: Mint can be used just like lavender.
- Cedar: You can buy cedar oil and even cedar planks that are made to hang in your closet to keep moths away.
- Vacuum often: Moths like dirt so be sure to keep your house vacuumed regularly.
- Tipnut has a great “recipe” for making your own moth deterrent. Check it out for even more ideas.
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