Naphthalene, the main ingredient in conventional moth balls, is listed as a registered carcinogen by the FDA, so natural moth repellents are the only safe choice. These are great to use when storing your woollens, blankets, sheets or clothes. The herbs in this recipe smell wonderful with the added essentials oils, lavender and cinnamon, both repel moths and make the bags more effective.
For this recipe, you’ll need dry herbs; you can purchase these or dry them yourself at home, for how to do this see our blog. If you’re thinking of using different essential oils, be warned, there are some that moths are attracted too, don’t use lemon, mint, sweet orange or bay leaf essential oils.
Moth Repellent Linen Bags
50g dried rosemary
25g dried lavender
25g black peppercorns, crushed slightly
25g dried thyme
25g ginseng (you’ll find this in health or bulk foods stores sold as tea)
20g whole cloves
Combine all of the herbs, cloves and peppercorns together then measure out even portions and put into sachets, this recipe should make about four small bags.
Next add one drop of lavender and one drop of cinnamon essential oil to each bag. To purchase essential oils go here
I used little organza jewellery bags as the sachets, you can buy them online here or at haberdashery shops. If you can turn your hand to sewing you can make your own sachets by following this tutorial