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After conducting extensive research, we nominated Cedar Space’s cedar blocks as the best moth protection for your clothes because it was a natural solution with 24 cedar rings that can be placed in drawers, shoes, or even hung on hangers to prevent moths from infesting your closet. In addition to being best on a budget, we liked that it was sustainably sourced and safe for use around children and pets. Even the best clothing apparel needs protection from moths, so don’t skimp on that.
To determine the best moth protection for your clothes, we looked at the following key features: efficacy, the application process, materials, and scent. We know that the first step is to determine whether you’re trying to prevent an infestation or treat an existing one. So, we included natural options for repelling moths as well as aggressive solutions for stopping an infestation. However, we also prioritized easy-to-use options that were either scent-free or highlighted natural ingredients with pleasant scents. Keep reading to learn more about our criteria and to shop from our recommendations.
Award: TOP PICK
WHY WE LIKE IT: A no-mess solution for keeping pests out of your wardrobe with a large 24-pack of cedar rings, making it the best moth repellent for clothes.
Hands down, cedar is one of the most popular options for moth protection. It’s easy to use, with a scent that can last for quite a while. We think these cedar rings from Cedar Space are the best moth repellent for clothes because you get a large 24-pack of cedar rings that can be placed in drawers, on closet shelves, or even placed on hanger hooks to keep pesky moths away from your favorite clothes.
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This budget-friendly find is made from 85% core red cedarwood. While the brand promises that the scent is very mild and can only be detected when you sniff the wood rings if you’re sensitive to scents — especially cedar wood — you might want to keep looking. But we do like that cedar also helps to draw moisture out of the air and prevent mildew. That keeps your best clothing & apparels fresh and free from infestation.
Award: HONORABLE MENTION
WHY WE LIKE IT: A large 60-pack of cedar shavings and blocks that can be used around the house or even in the car to get rid of clothes moths naturally.
If you have an infestation of clothing moths, you’re going to need a lot of repellents to effectively get rid of them. We like our Honorable Mention pick from Acmetop because it’s a massive 60-pack of cedarwood. This includes five hanging blocks, five sachets, 10 ripple blocks, 10 rings, and 30 blocks. This is a large pack and will last you a while (similar to some of the best stabilizing earring backs).
These sustainably sourced eco-friendly cedar blocks help to get rid of clothes moths naturally thanks to the recognizable aromatic scent they emit. We also like that these blocks are guaranteed safe for use around pets and also draw moisture out of the air to prevent mildew. And to get rid of hair that your pets leave around the house and other debris, we recommend the best vacuum cleaner for carpets.
Award: BEST NATURAL REMEDY
WHY WE LIKE IT: A great natural alternative for those who dislike the smell of cedar but prefer to use herbal remedies, with a formulation that also helps to deodorize clothing.
Not everyone likes the smell of cedarwood. And if you fall into this category, but you still prefer a natural repellent as opposed to one that relies on chemicals, then Richard’s Homewares moth repellent is a smarter choice for you. This pick relies on a blend of herbal fragrances as the active ingredient that includes rosemary, peppermint, thyme, and cloves to prevent moths from making a home in your wardrobe.
You’ll like that this is a set with 72 individually filled sachets so you can use them all over your home, or even in your car to keep areas smelling fresh and pest free. Note though that this is only a repellent and isn’t designed to kill moths or their larvae and eggs. Another aspect we noted through our research was that these sachets can lose their scent fairly quickly — which explains why you get 72 in a pack. Enough to leave even your best tactical pants moth free for a long time.
Award: BEST FOR INFESTATIONS
WHY WE LIKE IT: A classic no-odor glue trap infused with moth pheromones to lure pesky moths and prevent them from disturbing your clothes.
This relatively easy to use solution can be quickly installed by removing the protective cover from the glue layer, folding the trap into a triangle, and then placing one on your closet rod and the other on your closet floor. However, we did note two drawbacks with this pick. First, this isn’t the most economical pick since you need to use two at a time and you only get six in a pack and you may need to place multiple rounds to successfully get rid of an infestation. Second, there’s an ick-factor here since you need to toss these glue traps after they’ve caught a few moths.
Award: BEST SPACE SAVING
WHY WE LIKE IT: A 12-pack of moth cakes designed for small spaces that also kill moth eggs and larvae — for the best moth protection for garment bags.
Even if you try to store seasonal clothing away during the offseason, it’s not uncommon to open up your sweater bag in the fall or winter and see that the moths still got to it. We like the Enoz moth cakes because we feel they’re the best moth protection for garment bags from our research. Specifically, these are designed to work in small spaces such as containers, garment bags, and even under bed storage or vacuum containers.
More importantly, we like that this selection is designed to not just repel moths, but to kill adult moths, their larvae and eggs — preventing future infestations. And it can also work to repel and kill carpet beetles. You’ll get a 12-pack set of moth cakes — each with an adjustable hook. If you’re not using them with a garment bag, you can slide the hook into the closed position so that you can lay the cake flat in a container or drawer. However, keep in mind that this is a chemical solution rather than one that relies on essential oils. So, some people may not like the scent created by these moth cakes. Especially when it clings to one or more of your best men’s hoodies.
Award: BEST ECO-FRIENDLY
WHY WE LIKE IT: A large quantity of 100 sustainably sourced cedar balls that come with reusable drawstring sachets that can be used in a range of locations around the home.
If you prefer cedar as a moth repellent then you can’t go wrong with this 100-piece set of cedar moth balls from Acmetop. We like that this option comes with four reusable drawstring sachets so that you can add as many or as few cedar balls as you need to naturally repel moths from your clothing or shoes.
With the cedar sachets, you can hang them from hangers in your closet, stuff them into shoes to draw out moisture, or just place them in drawers to keep moths from attacking your favorite items like your best winter boots. And of course, you can also leave the cedar balls loose in small spaces. You’ll appreciate that these cedar balls are sustainably sourced from American red cedar forests and are safe for use around pets and children.
Award: BEST QUALITY
WHY WE LIKE IT: A solution that resembles a homemade moth repellent, made with food-grade safe lavender that can also be used to repel mosquitos or for aromatherapy solutions.
If you don’t like the smell of cedar, but want to avoid using harsh chemical-based moth repellents, then natural items like lavender are a smart alternative. With Cedar Space, you get 28 sachets of naturally sourced organic dried lavender flowers for a homemade moth repellent. But the reason we picked this option as our Best Quality is that natural lavender has a wide variety of applications.
Lavender is also a natural mosquito repellent. And since this option from Cedar Space is food-grade quality, you can also use the lavender in recipes for cooking or even making drinks like a fresh glass of lavender lemonade. And of course, lavender is perfect for aromatherapy to create a calming atmosphere in your home, office, or even your car. However, do keep in mind that lavender sachets can lose their scent over time so you may need to replace them often. And of course, a good aroma doesn’t help much if you have debris lying all over your house, which is why you need the best vacuum cleaner too.
How We Decided
No one likes moths — especially when they’ve eaten through clothing. To create our moth protection buying guide, we focused on the following key features — efficacy, the application process, materials, and scent. Except for two recommendations that worked as a moth killer or trapped adult moths, the remainder of our recommendations are designed solely to repel moths rather than treat an infestation.
Likewise, the majority of our recommendations were designed to be easy to use. Only one pick featured a slightly messy process that required tossing used glue traps and replacing them. Along the same lines, we prioritized natural solutions such as cedar or herbal blends that could gently repel moths without filling your closet with harsh scents.
And finally, we know that scent matters. Because we focused on natural solutions, this meant that options such as cedar, lavender, and even herbal blends with peppermint and rosemary offered calming alternatives to harsher chemical-based repellents that had cloying or offensive odors.