Why You Shouldn’t Use Mothballs

September 23, 2013 | By | Comments (1)

clothing on a clothesline

Fall has officially arrived. It’s time to bid farewell to your summer clothes and break out the cold weather garb. It might sound contrary to any advice you got from mom, but it’s best to skip the mothballs when you’re packing up and storing your off-season clothes.

Why? Mothballs contain naphthalene or paradichlorobenzene, which can irritate skin and eyes and cause severe illness in children if swallowed. Instead, use cedar chips or dried lavender. Or try Purple Ranch Pest Away Sachets ($5, purpleranch.com), which contain a blend of lavender, cedar, and citronella–all natural bug repellents.

Want additional tricks to make your wardrobe last? See more ways to care for your clothing.


  1. Patsy Bower

    Bury mothballs three inches down all around your house. Mice hate the smell.

    September 29, 2013 at 5:26 am

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