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There’s a straightforward reason why mothballs are so effective at keeping moths and critters away from stored belongings: their odor is rather unpleasant! Mothballs are traditionally made from naphthalene, a coal tar byproduct, or paradichlorobenzene, its synthetic version. Both ingredients are pesticides that can be toxic to human health if they are inhaled for long periods of time. Fortunately, there are natural alternatives that smell much better and are just as effective. We’ll share a few of them with you:

1. Lavender Satchels

While the soothing scent of lavender is wonderful for us, most moths stay away from it. You can purchase lavender sachet bags at a natural health store or make your own with a handful of branches and cloth.

2. Cedar Chips and Blocks

The aromatic aroma of cedar repels many kinds of insects and pests. Cedar chips and blocks are abundant in commercial stores and can be useful for many storage options. Hang a bag of chips next to suit jackets and coats. Place cedar blocks inside storage bins and drawers. Remember to change them periodically to keep the scent fresh.

3. Mint

Did you know that the smell of mint is revolting to bugs, rodents, and raccoons? You can use dried mint to make a sachet, or place cotton balls soaked with peppermint oil around your storage area. Keep in mind that essential oils are potent, so make sure they won’t stain any items in the storage area.

4. Cloves, Rosemary and Thyme

You’ve probably figured out by now that many spices in your kitchen pantry are effective mothball alternatives. These include cloves, rosemary and thyme. Mix these herbs together to create wonderful smelling sachet bags for your closet and storage items. Caution: they may also make you hungry!

5. Airtight Containers

How you store your clothes makes a big difference in keeping moths away. By nature, moths like to hang out in dust and dirt. Wash and dry your belongings before storage to create an unfavorable environment for the moths. When you do store them, place them in airtight containers or proper garment bags to prevent moths from getting into them in the first place.

6. White Camphor Oil

This aromatic plant is also very effective at keeping pests away from storage. While white camphor oil is safer than mothballs, it is considered a medicine and there are some cautions for using it in large amounts. You can ask your health professional if you have concerns or questions before using it.

Pleasant Smelling Storage

It’s nice to know that there are pest repelling alternatives for your storage belongings that won’t repel you! Feel free to give these options a try in your storage unit for a pleasant-smelling experience. Don’t have a storage unit? Contact our staff at Storage Zone! We will gladly accommodate your storage needs in any life stage at a wide variety of our company locations.

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