What comes to mind when you think of mothballs?
For me, the scent always reminds me of my sweet grandmother’s closet. Not that she was a stereotypical mothball-type grandma. Eliza Seely was a lovely, active, funny, sociable grandma who lived to be 99 and was always beautifully dressed.
But if you wanted to keep your wool clothes nice back in her day, you basically had two choices: mothballs or a cedar chest. She stored her woolens in the guest room closet with mothballs, and the aroma lingered in the air.
I don’t have a cedar chest and I’ve resisted mothballs because of the smell, but the result is a band of little unwelcome flying visitors in the closet who leave tiny holes in my cashmere sweaters.
I read that you can get rid of the moths’ eggs <shudder> by freezing your sweaters, but this would require having much more freezer room than the approximately 2 square inches of free space in ours.
Just when I had resigned myself to a life of cohabitating with moths and wearing holey sweaters, I received a most intriguing e-mail. I receive daily requests for Happy Simple Living to do product reviews, but since we’re all about simplifying and enjoying less stuff there’s rarely a good fit. However, when EarthKind contacted me to see if I’d be interested in trying their all-natural pest control products, I agreed to a test drive of Stay Away Moths.
I thought the company’s packaging was charming, and the Stay Away pouches contain a blend of natural, nontoxic plant cellulose fiber from corn cobs and essential oils.
The Pouch Pod holder looks like it’s made from some kind of funky organic Boulder plastic, and it’s actually produced from a biodegradable mixture of flax, beets and sunflower hulls grown on North Dakota farms. It’s reusable for up to three years, and then it will naturally start to decompose. How cool is that?
The product set-up is very simple. You just slide one of the pouches inside the Pouch Pod holder, and place it wherever you need coverage.
In my case, I hung the Stay Away Moths pouch in my closet.
The scent is a pleasant blend of geranium and cedar, not at all like mothballs my grandma had to use. Best of all, two days later the tiny winged visitors evacuated and I haven’t seen a moth since. One pouch will protect a small closet or storage container, and the natural repellent lasts for 30 to 60 days. The products are available at stores like Ace Hardware and Lowe’s.
EarthKind has graciously provided a set of Stay Away Ants, Spiders, Moths, AND their new Stay Away Mice for one lucky Happy Simple Living reader. The set includes the new mice repellent plus all of the items shown here, including the pouch holder:
To enter the giveaway, just leave a comment at the bottom of this page and reply to this question:
What’s something you’re looking forward to this autumn?
(My answer? Here in Colorado the temperatures are predicted to finally cool off this weekend, and I’m excited to start baking some fall pumpkin treats like Pumpkin Butter Cake and Pumpkin Caramel Cinnamon Rolls.)
The giveaway is open to anyone with a U.S. shipping address, and will run through Friday, Sept. 22, 2017 at midnight MST. I’ll e-mail you if you’re the lucky winner.
BIG thanks to EarthKind for providing their products for this giveaway, and good luck to all of you!
P.S. Thanks to Copper Cat Studios for use of the cat image above, and to the queen of cat memes Eco Cat Lady for the inspiration.