Mothballs keep moths and similar insects from gnawing away on fabric. Clothes, curtains, carpets, rugs, tapestries, and similar furnishings would do well to have a couple of mothballs stashed with them in the closet.
But to some, the smell of mothballs is far from pleasant. It is also not ideal to keep mothballs if they are within reach of children or pets, due to the toxic chemicals they're made of. So if you're looking for alternatives, try these four:
1. Cedar chips
Cedar has a similar repellent effect to mothballs. Hang a couple of cedar blocks or stash a bowl of cedar chips in the closet to keep the tiny buggers away. You can also opt to have cabinets and closets made out of cedarwood, for the full effect.
Dried lavender or lavender oil would also do the trick. Hang dried lavender leaves and flowers in the closet or spritz some lavender oil on your fabrics to keep them moth-free and smelling fresh, to boot.
A popular mosquito repellent, citronella would also work wonders against moths. Combine citronella oil with water in a spritzer to spray in your closet, or use crushed or dried citronella leaves inside a small cotton pouch or in a bowl to place in your closet.
4. Spice pouches
Mix together a handful of lavender, spearmint, thyme, rosemary, cloves, and cinnamon in a small cotton bag to place in your closet. These spices fare well against moths as well as other insects that may want to burrow into fabrics.