How to Make Your Own Sweet-Smelling Moth Repellent Using an Orange

You can easily turn this orange into a decorative moth repellent.
You can easily turn this orange into a decorative moth repellent.

Mothballs Are Needed, But They Are Smelly!!

  • If you are like me, you hate mothballs, but find them to be a necessary evil. However, an orange-spice pomander ball is the ideal solution for repelling moths without using those smelly old mothballs.
  • Check out the list of ingredients you will need below, and follow these easy directions. You'll have your own homemade moth "ball" in no time.

This is what a sweet-selling moth repellent finished product could look like, but use your own imagination when placing the cloves and choosing the ribbon to use.
This is what a sweet-selling moth repellent finished product could look like, but use your own imagination when placing the cloves and choosing the ribbon to use.

Here's What You Will Need:

* 1 thin-skinned orange
* 1 box of whole cloves
* 1 ounce of ground orrisroot (from herb store)
* 1 ounce of ground cinnamon
* ½ ounce ground nutmeg
* At least two feet of one-half-inch wide ribbon (not silk)

  • Make a combination of the orrisroot, cinnamon and nutmeg and set it aside in a bowl.
  • Use a foot of the ribbon and cut it in half, then tie a strip around the orange and make a knot on top. Using the other strip of ribbon, do the same thing so that the two strips criss-cross the orange. Stick a few stickpins in each of the strips to keep them from slipping around on your orange.
  • Now, stick the cloves all over the orange, but don't stick them on the ribbon. Next, put the orange in the bowl with the spices, rolling it around so that it is thoroughly coated. Let it sit in the bowl for three to five days, turning it occasionally.
  • Afterward, take the orange out of the bowl and blow off any excess spices (using the hair dryer on a low, cool setting), and then the ball is ready to be hung in your closet. Take the remaining ribbon and attach it to the ball so that you can hang it from a closet rod. This nice-smelling pomander ball will repel moths for at least a few years.

If you put too many cloves into your oranges, you won't have room for ribbon, so place them so you can easily tie a ribbon around the orange.
If you put too many cloves into your oranges, you won't have room for ribbon, so place them so you can easily tie a ribbon around the orange.
Put these cloves to good use and make your own sweet-smelling moth repellent.
Put these cloves to good use and make your own sweet-smelling moth repellent.
Ground orrisroot looks like this and is available online and at health food stores.
Ground orrisroot looks like this and is available online and at health food stores.
What woman doesn't have a pair of old pantyhose stuck in a drawer somewhere?
What woman doesn't have a pair of old pantyhose stuck in a drawer somewhere?

Tips

* You can also cut the leg off of a clean, old pair of pantyhose and fill it with crushed peppercorns. Tie it off and hang it in the closet.

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