Moths can damage a knit in a very short time. The main solution of the moth repellent has negative effect on your knits, your health and the planet because they are full of chemicals. So here are a few natural tips to make sure moths stay away without harming you nor the planet.

  • When you store your pieces, make sure to wash and fold them. Moths feed on the dirt of knits, so when they are clean it is unlikely to attract them.
  • They despise lavender and others smells, so you can use a bit of cotton or a tissue soaked in essentials oils (lavender, mint, eucalyptus or thyme are the best options) that you put in your dresser. Make sure that essentials oils don't touch your garments, it could leave a stain.
  • Buy some cedar wool balls and place them in your dresser. The heartwood of red cedar contains volatile oils that will kill clothes moth larvae. But note that they should be changed often because their effect decreases over time.
  • Place authentic Marseille soap made of olive oil in your cupboards, hung to your hangers or snug between your knitwear. Moths dislike the subtle smell of this particular soap and they will keep away from your wardrobe. Make sure to get the true green soap from a traditional Marseille soap factory as counterfeit just won't do the trick. Find their list here.
  • Laurel leaves can also help keep insects at bay. Collect them from a healthy tree and place them in your pockets, between folded items and inside your drawers. Change them regularly as they will dry and loose some of their effectiveness over time.
  • Finally chestnuts are also known to protect clothing from pests. Have a long, nice walk in the woods, collect a dozen of chestnuts and spread them out in your wardrobe. Replace them every year.