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The Best Natural Moth Ball Alternatives

People have been using chemical solutions to rid themselves of moths for decades now, with the most popular of them being mothballs. And while they have their uses they also come with some big drawbacks. Enter natural mothball alternatives. Natural products made out of cedar, camphor and other organic sources can easily offer sufficient protection against moth infestations while also being harmless to your family and pets. So, let’s look at some of the top moth ball alternatives as well as find out how do they work and how to properly use them to get rid of moths.

People have been using chemical solutions to rid themselves of moths for decades now, with the most popular of them being mothballs. And while they have their uses they also come with some big drawbacks. Enter natural mothball alternatives. Natural products made out of cedar, camphor and other organic sources can easily offer sufficient protection against moth infestations while also being harmless to your family and pets. So, let’s look at some of the top moth ball alternatives as well as find out how do they work and how to properly use them to get rid of moths.


Stay Away Moths Pouches

These pouches are an amazing botanical alternative to moth balls thanks to the blend of essential oils that this product contains.


CWC Wood Set

By featuring a variety of different cedar wood items this combo pack is easily the most universal mothball alternative.


Cedar Space Cedar Balls

These cedar balls can be placed directly in drawers, cabinets and other spaces and will keep moths away from your clothing.


Stay Away Moths pouches (6 pack)


What we like:

What we don't like:

  • Since there are several botanical ingredients in the pouches they do have quite a noticeable smell that most customers love, but some find unappealing. It’s best to first make sure that your whole family will be ok with these packs’ smell before making a purchase
  • Being a more botanical-based product, these packs are not as effective at reducing moisture as the previous two entries on our list

Stay Away Moths pouches (6 pack) Review

For a more botanical option, the third entry in our list comes from Earthkind. Their Stay Away Moths Pack consists of 6 identical pouches. Each of them consists of a plant-based mixture of oils from Geraniol, Geranium, and cedar. Made in the U.S., this is a great botanical natural alternative to mothballs. Each pouch lasts roughly 30 days at a maximum effectiveness, although you can potentially prolong their lives if you place them inside of punctured plastic bags which can regulate the air flow through the pouches.

The packs come in a rather bland and unpretentious cardboard box that can be hung in any closet space or wardrobe, as well as simply placed in chest drawers, suitcases, kitchen storage places, in between stacks of clothes, and anywhere else. These botanical pouches do have a fairly noticeable scent so putting too many of them in a small enclosed space can result in a stronger smell. Even then, however, they are perfectly harmless to people and pets, so you don’t need to worry about your family’s well-being.


CWC Wood Set


What we like:

What we don't like:

  • The cedar blocks for closets aren’t actually attached to their respective metal hangers. You will need to drill holes in the wooden blocks yourself and attach the hangers. Presumably, this is done so that you can use the blocks without the metal hangers if you want, but it would have been easier for most customers if they came already attached and the customer simply had the option to detach them if he or she wants to

CWC Wood Set Review

Clinton’s Wood moth cedar wood combo pack is a great set of 61 natural moth repellent items. If you are looking for how to prevent moths in closet spaces and other enclosed areas, this set contains 6 cedar pouches to hang anywhere you want, 10 wooden cedar blocks for closets (with a size of 2.5″ x 3.25″ x 0.4″), 5 cedar hang-ups for your wardrobe, closet or other such places (with a size of 6″ x 2.75″ x .04″), and 40 cedar balls for closets (all sized 0.5″ x 0.5″). The cedar wood blocks also have convenient hangers on them so that they can easily be placed wherever you need them.

All the items in this set naturally repel moths, roaches, ants, fleas, mosquitoes, silverfish and a lot of the other common insect that tend to plague closet spaces both in our closet spaces and in our kitchens. And of course, Clinton’s Wood Combo Pack achieves that without having any pesticides and unwanted artificial chemicals in them – regardless of how many cedar blocks or cedar moth balls you use at the same time, the air will remain safe for you, your children, and your pets.

The wide range of items included in this set means that with it you will always have the perfect solution for any problem and location. Whether you need cedar closet hang-ups for your closet, cedar balls for your dresser drawers or your suitcases, or cedar pouches for the attics, garage, or under the furniture, this set covers all bases.


Cedar Space Cedar Balls


What we like:

What we don't like:

  • Comes with only 24 cedar balls, so won't be suited for large closets

Cedar Space Cedar Balls Review

Cedar Space Cedar Moth Repellent Balls come in a set of 24 pieces. The set includes 24 cedar balls that come neatly packaged in a satin bag. As with the previous items on our list, the cedar balls can be used anywhere in your home – in your wardrobe, your closets, your chest drawers, your basement, kitchen storage space, in your garage, or even in your shoes.

Made out of the highest quality materials, these Cedar Space mothball replacements can help you in the fight against clothes moths, all other common types of insects, as well as help, prevent mildew and mustiness in your storage spaces. Not only are these items made out of high-quality cedar, but their craftsmanship is also exemplary – they are polished which gives them a smooth and beautiful look.

Eco-friendly and not including any chemicals, pesticides, and harmful ingredients, you can use them in whatever quantity you and want and these items will still be harmless for your family, kids, and pets. Of course, it’s advisable to use the recommended amount of product per unit of storage space for the most effective and efficient results. These items will easily prevent the spread of moths in your storage spaces, absorb moisture, and keep the humidity levels to a minimum, as well as give your closet space a nice, aromatic wood scent.

Other products to consider

CedarFresh Clothes Protector

CedarFresh Clothes Protector Set consists of 6 cedar hang-ups and 5 sachets, as well as 20 rings and 40 cubes. They are all-natural and eco-friendly, as well as very long-lasting.

Moth Busters Cedar Moth Repellent Set

Moth Busters bring us this Cedar Moth Repellent Set. It’s a very large set that includes 72 items – 5 cedar pouches, 6 hangers, 20 wooden rings, and 41 wooden blocks. The natural cedar of this set is great at repelling moths and reducing humidity. The reason this set doesn’t make out “Best of” list is that it includes only 5 pouches out of 72 items, as well as that the bags don’t seem to be too well made and cedar chips are sometimes spilling out of them.

Cedar Space Hang Ups

If you are looking for a set of the best cedar hangers only, there are the Cedar Space Hang Ups set. It consists of 11 high-quality cedar hangers that repel moths and absorb moisture. They are made out of great cedar wood, but the fact that there are only hangers in the set makes it rather limited non-versatile.

Eco Defense Pest Control Pouches

Eco Defense makes it into our “Runners-up” list with their patented Eco Defense Pest Control Pouches. They combine multiple powerful essential oils in them to achieve a very effective scent that repels clothes moths and other pests over long periods of time. They do need to be used in larger quantities, however, which can be annoying even though they give off a nice smell.

Armour Shell Lavender Scent Sachets

If you are looking for non-cedar sachets for closets, Armour Shell Sachets are a great alternative. Their purple lavender sachets are good for shelves and closets, and they give off a nice scent.

ZZiggysgal’s French Sachets

When looking for the best moth repellent for clothes, lavender sachets need to be mentioned as well. ZZiggysgal’s French Sachets easily find a spot in our “Runners-up” list with their 12-pack of the handmade satin rosette. Doubling as a room decoration and an air freshener as well, these lavender sachets do a good job at repelling moths and other pests but are still not as effective as other more focused solutions.

About natural moth ball alternatives

In pretty much every area of life the “Natural vs Chemical” debate is constantly raging on. There are a lot of falsehoods and lies that are typically being thrown from both sides, but we’re not here to engage such arguments. As far as moth repellents are concerned, it is perfectly clear to us that mothballs and other repellents with artificial chemicals have their uses and their advantages. They tend to be significantly stronger than natural mothball alternatives and are generally used (or should be used, at least) as a last-ditch measure to gas out a heavy moth or other pest infestation.

And while such naphthalene or paradichlorobenzene products are often advertised for mere prevention as well, the fact is that usually, natural alternatives are better suited for moth prevention. Natural moth repellent solutions such as cedar balls and blocks or essential oils like lavender, mint, and white camphor typically do just as well when it comes to repelling moths, and they do so with no health risks for your health and family.

Lavender essential oil

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There isn’t much to be said about their ingredients and components, because there aren’t any. These products are usually exactly what their names suggest – cedar blocks, cedar balls, lavender, and mint pouches, and so on. This simplicity in their components doesn’t mean that there aren’t any differences between the different products and brands, however. Unfortunately, even in a niche of such simple and straightforward natural products, there is still a great variation in the different products you can get.

Some brands offer products made out of subpar wooden or botanical materials, other brands will offer you poor design that might include sharp edges that will stick to and scratch your clothes, or poor pouch designs where the inside of the pouch or sachet can easily spill out, and so on.

It’s that variety in product and brand quality that made us write this article. Hopefully, our extensive research will save you a lot of time and help you find the best-suited product for your home as quickly as possible.

Moth ball alternative buying guide

When buying a natural mothball repellent there are a lot of factors that need to be considered. The most important ones are similar to most other product niches – quality, longevity, and price. But, alas, this is far from exhausting the subject.

When looking through customer or professional reviews of the various cedar balls or lavender pouches, don’t just look for people that claim those items are of “great quality”. Look for mentions of the products’ scent and effectiveness.

A cedar block or ball, for example, should have a nice and noticeable cedar smell to it, otherwise, you might have been given an old or low-quality wood. Similarly, botanical sachets and pouches need to have strong and long-lasting aromas.

The longevity of the product should be your next concern. Some products offer a great deal of value and indeed repel all kinds of moths and other insect pests, but they tend to expire rather quickly. No matter how effective one product is, if you have to buy a new one every month, this will likely not be a smart purchase.

Next comes the price. This should obviously not be a leading factor over the other two when making a purchase that can doom or save your entire wardrobe, but it’s important to look at the product’s price in correlation with its effectiveness and longevity. It’s typically perfectly fine to buy a more expensive product if you know that it will last much longer, it will cover a greater area, and it will be more effective at its job.

There are, of course, a lot of other factors to consider. The size of the cedar balls, blockers or hangers, as well as the various essential oil pouches and sachets, is an often under-looked criterion. Pictures on online descriptions can be deceiving, so always read carefully through the products’ descriptions or reviews for their exact size.

If a moth repellent ball, block, hanger or pouch is of great quality, long-lasting, cheap and effective, but is also too small, this will mean that you’ll need to use more of them per unit of enclosed space. This, in turn, will limit their effectiveness and increase their price.

The design is also something you should always consider. A poor design can include sharp edges that can harm your clothes, for example. It can also mean that the cedar blocks, cylinders, balls, and other such items are of an impractical shape or size for your drawers and shelves. Poor design on a sachet or a pouch can also often lead to breakage and spilling of the contents.

There’s also the scent of the natural moth repellent. Often time similar-sounding products like essential oil moth repelling pouches, for example, can have a drastically different smell. That’s because they can have a different ratio of their ingredients, they can be of different age and quality, and they can be intended for different lengths of time. As a result, many scents can be completely intolerable for some customers, even though others have liked them. It’s always advisable to consult with your entire family about the smell of a product before making a purchase.

So, as you can see, the factors you’ll need to focus on when buying a natural moth repellent are more than just a few. Simply going by price and brand will often get you impractical or low-quality products, or simple ones that are great but not too well suited for your particular situation.

Still, this doesn’t mean that you should ignore the product’s brand as a factor. Some brands are well known for their quality while others should generally be avoided at all costs. To further help you out, here are some of the brands you might want to look for: Household essentials, Clinton’s Wood, Richards Homewares, Eco-Defense, Tjaarat, Aikotoo, Moth Busters, Earthkind, Zziggysgal, Ollieroo, and others.

Other useful information about natural moth ball alternatives

One cool thing about natural mothball alternatives that few places mention is that you can make them yourself. And unlike many other commercial products that can be made at home but require a lot of know-how and effort, things such as moth repelling pouches and sachets are very easy to make.

Of course, they will require you to buy some things from the store, of course, but the overall cost of the ingredients will be significantly lower than the cost of the final product.

The first things you will need are the pouches themselves. You can buy some small muslin spice bags from any grocery store’s spice section or Arts & Crafts store. Alternatively, if you are handy with a sewing machine, you can quickly fashion several sachets from old handkerchiefs.

Once you have the pouches set and ready, all you need is to put some ingredients in them. Things such as cedar chips, lavender, spearmint, thyme, rosemary, cloves, cinnamon, tansy, ginger, citronella, and others, can all form a nice mix that will repel clothes moths and most other common home pests. You can buy such dried herbs from any local natural foods store or buy them in bulk from any good online herbal shop.

All you need to do then is to find the right scent combination that you and your family will enjoy the most, put it in the pouches, and voila – you have your very own homemade natural moth repellents. As long as the ingredients were of a high enough quality, they should serve you well.

How to use mothball alternatives

Being all-natural and eco-friendly products, the various types of cedar balls, blocks, hangers, etc., as well as the different essential oil pouches and sachets are very easy to use and to live with.

There are few to no health risks involved (as long as you make sure that your baby or pet won’t eat one of them), and for the most part, you just need to sit and enjoy their pleasant scent and your moth-free closet spaces.

Of course, there are few things that need to be kept in mind, but they are all typically explained by the particular product’s description. Each product should have a specified area over which it is most effective, as well as a period of time in such an enclosed area during which it will work. Putting any product in a larger area will mean that it will expire quicker, and placing it in a smaller space will mean a more saturated smell. Therefore, it’s always wise to carefully measure the closet or otherwise enclosed area you’ll be treating and to place an adequate amount of the product in it. For larger areas, you’ll need to put several products, while for smaller spaces you might want to go and buy a specialized and smaller product.

It’s also worth remembering that natural moth repellents aren’t some all-powerful tools that will solve all your pest problems by themselves (even if they are often advertised as such). There are a lot of other things that you need to do to prevent a moth infestation. Chief among them is to frequently air out and clean your clothes. Clothes moths require places with no sunlight and no air circulation to procreate. That’s why they attack our off-season clothes and don’t touch the clothes we use every day. That’s also why it’s important to air out and vacuum your closet areas frequently even when you’re not using them.

Keeping your unused clothes and fabrics in air-tight plastic bags is always a great idea. This way they’ll be protected from all pests and will be dust-free and smell-free for when their season comes again next year. And if you do find clothes moths in your closet space, remember to dry clean them after your moth repellents have dealt with the infestation.

To conclude

As you can see, while most of the natural mothball alternatives you can opt for don’t have the gut-punching strength of naphthalene or paradichlorobenzene to deal with existing and extreme moth infestations, they do have their uses.

Natural mothball alternatives, whether botanical, wooden or from essential oils, have more than enough potential to serve as great prevention against moth and pest infestations and to deal with more standard common pest problems. This makes them a better option for 99% of the situations and households out there.

Just as with mothballs with naphthalene and paradichlorobenzene, however, natural alternative methods like camphor balls, cedar balls, cedar shavings for closets, non-toxic mothballs, cedar hangers, other pouches, sachets, and so on, all come in a large variety of types and brands.

As such, choosing between them can be a very daunting process, especially if you don’t have a lot of experience in the area. This is exactly what we wanted to help you with through this article and we hope we’ve succeeded at least a little bit.

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