Using natural is always the healthiest option. If you are used to using chemically loaded moth balls or repellent in your cabinets, you always have that fear of children or pets getting attracted to its glittering surface and the sweet smell. You can make your own natural moth repellent sachets. Here are the easiest steps that you can follow:
1. Make sure your materials are complete. List down the ingredients you need before heading out to the store. It is very important to have a checklist. Your ingredients should include the following:
- Lavender buds
- Cedar chips
- Cinnamon sticks
- Lemon peel
You can see on the list that some of your materials can be found in your kitchen or pantry. Some of them are bought from a farmer’s market or online garden shops and craft shops.
2. Check online for shops that carry the moth repellent materials. You can call your local markets and grocery shops for them so you would not have to be wasting your time going to and from the stores. A good courteous call can do the trick!
3. Get a large bowl and mix all the ingredients except the cinnamon sticks. Be sure to put in even amounts of each of the ingredient to get an even smell. Putting in even amounts will also prevent one ingredient from overpowering another.
4. Before mixing the cinnamon stick, break it into several small pieces. You can use a grater to peel thin layers of cinnamon. You can also use a cutter or a small blade knife to slice thin pieces of it. Be extra careful in using the cutter or the knife because cinnamon sticks are quite hard.
5. After the mixture is set, prepare your sachet. You can make your own moth repellent sachets. Use a stiff sheer fabric like organza. Just cut two 5-inch squares placing one on the other. Secure it with a pin while you sew only three sides with a straight running stitch. The opening side would be where you will insert the natural moth repellent.
6. Stuff the mix into muslin bags and tie it securely with a decorative bow or an attractive rubber band. If you made your own organza bags, stuff the mix in the opening and sew the opening close with stitches. There are organza drawstrings bags readily available in the market. You can use this as an easy option for sachets.
If you are giving the sachets as a gift, you can personalize them by gluing in small ornaments or embroidering their names on the sachet. It is an attractive and useful gift. Your friends or relatives will surely enjoy its presentation and usefulness, most especially that you made the gift personally. The mix’s smell is not as pungent as the chemical version of the moth ball repellent. Now you can enjoy a worry-free and moth-free home.