These Aromatherapy Closet Fresheners are a Crafty Way to Outsmart Moths
I love bugs. I mean, I’m a gardener and I can see the benefit of all insects, even those who want to munch on my veggies or decimate my flowers. But I have very little tolerance for pests IN the house. Sure, the occasional spider doesn’t phase me, but moths are my mortal enemy. Here is my story on how I cleared out the clothes moths from my closet using aromatherapy closet fresheners and a bit of elbow grease.
See how to make these DIY Aromatherapy Closet Fresheners on my eBay blog
One day as I was going through my closet, I stumbled upon an unwelcome surprise: clothes moths! The first one fluttered around like a common little brown moth from outdoors so I didn’t think much of it. Then there was another a few days later. And one more a few days after that. That is when it dawned on me…we have clothes moths! I went through the difficult process of removing pantry moths from a previous home and that meant throwing out every single pantry item and scouring the kitchen. I still shudder whenever I think of how hard it was to get rid of those buggers! And now they were in my closets?! I dove headfirst into a panic about having to throw away ALL OF OUR CLOTHES!
After a few deep breaths in a paper bag I sat down at the computer and let Google give me some answers. I learned that these little benign-looking creatures were just the tip of the iceberg. If you are seeing clothes moths, then they have a nest somewhere and there are likely many more to come. Ack!
There are clothes moth traps you can use to attract the female moths, but it isn’t going to solve the problem. It does trap the adult moths and prevent them from laying more eggs (that’s a good thing), but more importantly it lets you know how much of a moth problem you are dealing with and where they are. I used traps around the house to pinpoint their nest and then the fun really started.
I found them in my son’s closet, nesting in a pair of hand knit wool booties. And here is what I did to get rid of them:
Step 1: Throw away the booties (the item that has become the nest). And throw away anything around the booties. And anything that even looked sideways at the booties. You can never be too careful.
Step 2: Remove every single item in the closet, inspect it carefully, and dispose of anything that has sign of moths.
Step 3: Wash everything. All the clothes, toys, etc from the closet and then the inside of the closet itself. Every inch should be washed. Those crafty pests are bound to have one little hiding spot that you can only get with a thorough cleaning.
Step 4: Add everything back into the closet and add some of these DIY Aromatherapy Closet Fresheners to keep them away. For good.
I made clay aromatherapy closet fresheners as an inexpensive (and pretty fun to make) solution to diffusing essential oils in the closet. You can see the steps to making them on my eBay blog. They are easy to make and I hung them everywhere around the house.
Now, I’m happy to say, that my moth traps are coming up empty. Thank goodness I caught the problem before I had to burn everyone’s clothes! And as a bonus, my closets all smell amazing.