How to Turn an Orange Into Your Own Sweet-Smelling Moth Repellent

Updated on August 2, 2018
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Dorothy is a former newspaper reporter and the author of several books. Michael is a professional landscape/nature photographer.

This is what a sweet-selling moth repellent finished product could look like, but use your own imagination when placing the cloves and choosing the ribbon to use.
This is what a sweet-selling moth repellent finished product could look like, but use your own imagination when placing the cloves and choosing the ribbon to use.

If you are like me, you hate mothballs but find them to be a necessary evil. There is another alternative, however, as an orange-spice pomander ball is the ideal solution for repelling moths without using those smelly old mothballs. If you check out the list of ingredients you will need below and follow the simple directions, you'll have your own homemade moth "ball" in no time.

A simple orange, cloves, some spices, and a ribbon is all you need to make your very own moth repellant.
A simple orange, cloves, some spices, and a ribbon is all you need to make your very own moth repellant.

How to Make a Orange-Spice Pomander Ball

Making your own orange-spice pomander ball to ward away moths is easy if you follow these simple steps:

Materials

  • 1 thin-skinned orange
  • 1 box of whole cloves
  • 1 ounce of ground orris root (from herb store)
  • 1 ounce of ground cinnamon
  • ½ ounce ground nutmeg
  • 2 feet or more of one-half-inch-wide ribbon (not silk)

Instructions

  1. Combine the orris root, cinnamon, and nutmeg in a bowl. Set aside.
  2. Take a foot of the ribbon and cut it in half. Tie a strip around the orange and make a knot on top. Take the other strip of ribbon and do the same thing so that the two strips criss-cross the orange. Stick a few pins in each of the strips to keep them from slipping around on your orange.
  3. Stick the cloves all over the orange, avoiding the ribbon.
  4. Put the orange in the bowl with the spices, rolling it around so that it is thoroughly coated.
  5. Let the orange sit in the bowl for three to five days, turning it occasionally.
  6. Afterward, take the orange out of the bowl and blow off any excess spices. (You can use a hair dryer on a low, cool setting).
  7. Take the remaining ribbon and attach it to the ball so that you can hang it from a closet rod. This nice-smelling pomander ball will repel moths for at least a few years.

Here are a handful of additional design ideas for your orange-spice pomander moth repellant.
Here are a handful of additional design ideas for your orange-spice pomander moth repellant.

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