Moth loves natural fibers like pashmina, wool and silk. If you find it annoying to find a sock eaten by these insects, imagine if they decide to have your handmade Kashmir shawl for a meal! In this post we give you an ecological and natural way to keep them away using only ingredients that you will find in your kitchen.
Naphthalene has been the most commonly used repellent to protect clothing. Its strong smell penetrates textiles and, to most of us, it reminds us of our grandmothers’ closets. But the use of this repellent has its dangers. Its active ingredient may be toxic to insects, but it can also damage humans if touched, inhaled or accidentally consumed.
Instead of using chemicals, the strong smell of some spices can be as effective. So to prepare your homemade repellent you will only need the following: bay leaves, cinnamon sticks, cloves, peppercorns, mint, rosemary, thyme and cloth bags.
For the first bag we have used a mix of bay leaves, cloves, peppercorns and cinnamon.
In the other bag we have put the mint, the rosemary and the thyme.
It’s that easy! You just need to keep the bag in between your shawls and, if possible, all inside a plastic protective bag. It’s also important to store the shawls in a dry place, as moth love humidity.