Dorothy is a Master Gardener, former newspaper reporter, and the author of several books. Michael is a landscape/nature photographer in NM.
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.
How to Make an Orange-Spice Pomander Ball
Making your own orange-spice pomander ball to ward away moths is easy if you follow these simple steps.
- 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)
- Combine the orris root, cinnamon, and nutmeg in a bowl. Set aside.
- 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.
- Stick the cloves all over the orange, avoiding the ribbon.
- Put the orange in the bowl with the spices, rolling it around so that it is thoroughly coated.
- Let the orange sit in the bowl for three to five days, turning it occasionally.
- 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).
- 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.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2011 Mike and Dorothy McKenney