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Mothballs and Alternatives

by Linda

There are some safer alternatives you can use instead of mothballs when you want to protect your family as well as your wool! I've gathered up the information below from various places both on and off the net. The term mothballs is used here, but it refers to balls, flakes, crystals, white tar, tar camphor and whatever else it may be known as.

Important: I am not a chemist or scientist of any kind, and can take no responsibility if you use mothballs or try out one of these alternatives and it doesn't work out for you. Please be sure to verify the safety and possible side effects of anything you intend to try.

Mothball Chemistry

  Napthalene *Paradichlor
*Paradichlorobenzene
*p-DCB
Odour very strong strong
Toxicity chemcial and vapours are very toxic chemcial and vapours are very toxic, slightly less than Napthalene

*Storage Warning: Take care if using plastic bags or other plastic containers with these mothballs. Use only polypropylene (PP) or polyethylene (PE) containers. Otherwise you may find yourself with a mass of melted plastic and wool.

Important Safety Precautions

Alternatives to Mothballs

Any or all of the materials listed below, wrapped in 100% cotton cheesecloth or similar material, placed amongst your yarn or garments, may just do the trick. Be sure the material does not directly touch your garments to prevent any staining, etc. If using an airtight container, ensure items are perfectly dry. If you live in a humid environment, you may want to use cloth rather than plastic.

In Addition, or Alternatively

If you have had success with a method not mentioned here, or any other moth busting suggestions to share, please send them to me and I'll add them to this page. Thanks!

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