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DIY Pest Mojo Sachet To Keep Your Stored Clothes Safe

Just some simple, good-smelling pest protection.

A pleasurable spring-cleaning activity is to put away the darker-colored heavy woolens and dense cottons of winter to make way for the lighter silks and linens of spring and summer. To protect your clothes, try including this sachet mojo. Tucked into the closet, the bag is designed to keep insects away that might otherwise bore holes into some of your favorite sweaters. Here is the blend you can craft for the entire family (do not use if pregnant):


4 cups dried cedarwood chips
2 cups dried lavender buds
1 cup dried peppermint leaves
2 teaspoons cedarwood oil
2 teaspoons lavender essential oil
2 teaspoons pennyroyal essential oil
1 1/2 teaspoon eucalyptus essential oil
1 teaspoon peppermint essential oil
1/2 teaspoon patchouli essential oil
1/2 teaspoon cassia essential oil


Pour cedarwood into a large bowl or stainless steel stockpot. Bruise lavender and peppermint by hand or with mortar and pestle. Crumbling and breaking up these herbs releases their natural essential oils. In a separate small Pyrex or stainless steel bowl, add essential oils, one at a time. Swirl or mix with a stirring wand. Pour this liquid blend over the herbs. Stir with a stainless steel spoon. Put this in an airtight container. Let it mature for 4-6 weeks before using. Put the blend into small muslin drawstring bags. Hang them in closets or on hangers, or put them in drawers or storage containers with fall and winter clothing. When you need these clothes again, they will smell clean and maintain their fresh appearance, especially if stored in bins or drawers.

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