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'My closet smells so lovely': These bug-repelling cedar blocks are down to $12

Avoid stinky mothballs with these convenient wood rings that can sit right on your hangers.

There's no easy way to say it: Bug season is here. While you can go the classic mothball route to protect your clothes, they're notoriously stinky. Luckily, cedar blocks can banish those pesky insects too. If you're ready to swap out your mothballs for a sweeter-smelling alternative, these adorable and convenient cedar block rings from Lavodia are on sale for $12 at Amazon.

Compact and discreet, these little cedar blocks can go in a drawer or slide onto a hanger to keep the moths out and your clothes smelling fresh.

$12 at Amazon

Why is this a good deal? 💰

For $12, you get a pack of 30 wooden cedar blocks. Do the math: That means each one only costs 40 cents a pop. That's a lot cheaper than replacing your favorite sweaters, right?

Why do I need this? 🤔

First, some background: Moths like dark and cool places, which is why they lay eggs in clothes that are stored in closets or drawers. The larvae eat the protein in wool and cashmere, and they would love nothing more than to make a meal out of your sweaters. They're usually responsible for the tiny holes that crop up even when you can't remember snagging your knit top.

The good news is that moths hate cedar blocks. There's a natural oil in cedar that repels bugs — it has a woodsy, slightly camphor-like scent which is much more pleasant than your grandma's stinky mothballs. What makes Lavodia Cedar Wood Flowers extra special is their dual function. They have a cute flower shape with a hole in the middle — that means you can slip them through the hook of a clothes hanger or you can toss a few in a drawer. The cedar scent tends to fade over time, but the kit includes a sanding disk you can use to revive it.

clothes on a hanger
Fighting off moths has never looked or smelled this cute. (Amazon)

Nearly 4,000 shoppers love repelling moths with these little cedar blocks, saying things like "my closet smells so lovely."

Pros 👍

"These fit right over my slim-style hangers," a five-star reviewer wrote. "They have a wonderful real cedar smell and are clearly solid cedar. They have not been treated with cedar oil, which was a concern as I've purchased cedar oil treated [blocks] before and ended up with oil spots on my clothing. These are dry to the touch and smell amazing without being overpowering. ... Awesome buy — excited to have all of my wool smelling so lovely!"

"These shapes are cute and they have a strong cedar smell," raved a happy shopper. "They also come with a circle of sandpaper so you can easily sand the surface to strengthen the scent. They smell beautifully of real cedar, not just an oil. They also hang easily on coat hangers and don't get in the way or take up space."

"Love these. They’re cute and they actually work!" gushed a third five-star fan. "I put some in my drawers, closet, and some hanging on the hangers by the holes and the moths in my room were gone the very next day. Haven't seen one ever since. Comes with so many that I used them all around the house."

Cons 👎

While shoppers love to use these cedar blocks and say they're effective, a handful note what they say is a too-subtle smell. "They look very nice and did take the musty storage smell away," explained one five-star reviewer. "I do wish they were a little stronger scent."

"These didn't have an aroma when I first opened the box," wrote another shopper. "But as they're on the hangers for a few hours, the aroma becomes noticeable." The same shopper also added: "I realized they work even better if you sand them with the enclosed sanding pad."

Another thing to keep in mind: the size of your hangers. "The hole is too small to fit over the hanger," shared a reviewer who uses plastic hangers. "Anyway, I kept them and threw them in drawers."

When the scent of these long-lasting cedar blocks fades, you can revive them with the kit's sanding disk. 

$12 at Amazon

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The reviews quoted above reflect the most recent versions at the time of publication.

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