How to Use Cedar for Closets to Repel Moths

It's not uncommon to find moths in your closet. They are a nuisance, often eating holes in your clothes and other items. Although moth balls repel moths, they produce a foul odor and contain toxic ingredients. Use cedar in your closet for a natural way to repel moths. Your closet will be moth-free and smell good, too.

The scent of cedar helps to keep moths out of your closet.
  1. Fill a few muslin bags with cedar chips or shavings. Secure the top of the bag closed. Some bags have a drawstring attached. If not, use a twist tie or similar fastener. Put the bags in the corners of your closet.
  2. Put a few drops of aromatic cedar oil onto an absorbent cloth to further help in repelling moths. Place the cloth into a bowl and set it in your closet.
  3. Replace the cedar chips and/or oiled cloth when the scent begins to fade.

Things You Will Need

  • Muslin bags
  • Cedar chips or shavings
  • Twist ties or fasteners
  • Aromatic cedar oil
  • Absorbent cloth
  • Bowl


  • You can buy cedar chips or shavings at most home-improvement centers.
  • Aromatic cedar oil is called juniper in some areas.
  • A cedar chest or cedar walls in your closet will also help to repel moths.


  • Avoid letting the oil-soaked cloth come into contact with your clothes. The oil may transfer and leave a stain.

About the Author

Kimbry Parker has been writing since 1998 and has published content on various websites. Parker has experience writing on a variety of topics such as health, parenting, home improvement and decorating. She is a graduate of Purdue University with a Bachelor of Arts in organizational communication.

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