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Healthy Alternatives to Moth Balls

Healthy Alternatives to Moth Balls

It was sobering to see that naphthalene, the main ingredient in conventional moth balls was recently listed as a registered carcinogen by the U.S. government. How many homes have that memorable smell impregnating their sweater chests and closets? Natural moth repellents are the only safe choice, and their fragrances are effective. If you have mothballs in your house, put them in the trash, and air anything that holds their smell in the sun as often as possible.

Here is how to make an easy and effective moth repellent sachet:

This recipe will fill about a dozen sachets. You can buy herbs in bulk at almost any health food store:

2 ounces each dried rosemary and mint
1 ounce each dried thyme and American ginseng
8 ounces whole cloves

Mix herbs and place some in the center of a bandanna or handkerchief (or in a muslin tea-bag, available at health food stores). Tie with a ribbon.

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By Annie B. Bond

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1:33AM PST on Jan 24, 2013


9:07AM PST on Jan 20, 2013

Moth Balls are poisonous to my liver and nose. I let a few hundred Lady bugs go every spring in my attic and my house to eat up moth eggs and midges. I use herbs also. Moth Balls can kill you.

2:18PM PST on Jan 18, 2013


3:18PM PST on Jan 17, 2013

I' rather use lavender and sandelwood as the main ingredients. In my experience, these are the most effective natural moth repellents :-)

3:14PM PST on Jan 17, 2013

Thanks...never used moth balls. I have all the ingredients growing in my yard except the American ginseng, and there is some of that growing wild near me. After we got our last cat we didn't have to worry about moth problems because he ate them all.

11:33AM PST on Jan 17, 2013

Thank you

3:19PM PST on Dec 16, 2012


10:55PM PST on Feb 16, 2012

Natural moth repellents can be so advantageous. Food moths cannot occurs in the kitchen by using a Natural moths repellent. For more ideas go to

6:06PM PDT on Jun 6, 2011


4:18PM PDT on Jun 2, 2011

Thanks, sounds better than mothballs.

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