When I was growing up in North Carolina, moths getting anywhere near my sweaters was a nonissue. Windows were usually closed up all summer (I always say that where I grew up it was 68 degrees all year long). But here in the Pacific Northwest, air conditioning is a luxury during the few moments out of the summer that's its needed. But our windows are almost constantly open this time of year. And I forgot about those pesky moths until a few summers ago when several of our sweaters were eaten up. I thought I would share how I make sweater sachets and what I do to prevent moths from finding our sweaters appealing. It seems to be working, but I'm always looking.
First and foremost, when the cold weather's end finally seems in sight, I grab all of our sweaters and have them drycleaned (an eco-friendly one, happy to say).
If we have an unexpected cold snap, my family just has to suffer through it in t-shirts and windbreakers.
I hand wash as many sweaters as I can, and have had lots of success using a tried and true method I'll write a post about soon. (And they seem feel cleaner to me when I hand wash them.) Next I make a load of sweater sachets. They have worked well for us and I love that they are a non-toxic, natural remedy
- Loose, dried lavender
- Cedar essential oil (in a pinch I've substituted cedar pet bed shavings, not quite a aromatic, but works)
- Aroma beads
- Muslin or cotton drawstring bags
(For those local to Seattle or willing to order online, I bought everything I needed at Zenith Supplies for about $14 for 16 sachets.)
I love the aroma beads, they work great to soak up the essential oil. (Nice to use in a closet in general, moths or not.)
I let the aroma beads soak up the oil overnight. In the photo on the left, below, I'd just poured the oil in. The right photo was taken the next morning. I put in enough oil to thoroughly wet the beads, but they were not standing in the oil completely. Eyeballing it will tell you when you've put enough oil in.
I saw the cotton drawstring bags as a great excuse to pull out my handcarved stamps.
Once the aroma beads have absorbed the essential oil, mix them together with the lavender. I always do more lavender than beads, but your ratio is up to you.
Our closet smells amazing!