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Cloves in the closet

December 25, 2009

ClovesAs she passed by the office coat closet, my friend Jennifer commented on how coats smell like mothballs when they freshly come out of summer storage and how awful the smell is.  Mothballs, used to protect clothes from damage by moths, are either made of naphthalene or paradichlorobenzene.  Both chemicals kill moths and moth larvae with fumes by transitioning from solid to toxic gas.  Taking clothes out after they have been sealed all summer in bags with mothballs can be harmful for people to breathe in, especially infants.

A natural alternative to mothballs I have always used is cloves!  I put them loose (or they can also be made into sashes) inside folded sweaters and my stored clothes have never suffered any damage.  Cloves are dried flower buds of the clove tree.  They are well known for their medicinal benefits.  I find the smell of cloves pleasant and it dissipates naturally.

-by Noerah

4 Comments leave one →
  1. Debjani permalink
    December 26, 2009 7:56 pm

    I didn’t know there was a natural substitute for moth prevention but after I read your post i was curious to see if there were any other alternatives to moth balls. With google by my side i found this website :

    no more surprising holes in my favorite shirts? i’m taking this idea straight to my college dresser!

  2. Indira Banerjee permalink
    December 26, 2009 8:14 pm

    I have heard that cloves are very versatile. If you have irritation and phlegm in your throat you can boil tea leaves along with cloves and then drink that tea and it will clear off the congestion in throat.

    Additionally, if you have minor pain in your teeth then you may suck on a clove which will give you a temporary relief as it kind of numbs the affected area.

  3. amreen permalink
    December 28, 2009 12:20 pm

    I agree; I’ve used mothballs and they are way too strong and it takes days for the smell to leave the fabric.
    Cloves are an excellent alternative!
    Thanks for sharing


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