Freshen Your Cupboard With Cedar Wood


If you’re looking to freshen your cupboards and keep fish moths away, you can turn to moth balls. But their smell and dangerous chemicals are far from ideal. Cedar blocks are the natural choice and everyone cupboard should have a couple of blocks of cedar in them.

I buy mine on Ebay, and keep about 10 of them in my cupboards. When they start to lose their scent you can just give them a very light sanding to renew their scent. I recently bought a 10ml bottle of cedarwood oil (R35 at Wellness Warehouse) and I add two drops of this to each cedar blocks. Leave it to absorb and then throw the blocks back in your cupboard and you’re ready to roll.

cedarwood oil

cedar blocks in cupboard

Cedar blocks are also great to put in your shoes to keep fresh, and you can even buy cedar shoe trees for the ultimate effect.

cedar block in shoe

Cedar coat hangers are also available. I use a place on Ebay called Something Cedar (HERE) and I highly recommend them. They’re really well priced and have great service.

So cedar blocks are the natural way to keep your clothing fresh and protected, and every man should own them.

7 Comments on “Freshen Your Cupboard With Cedar Wood

  1. I have a mole problem and they say cedar wood mote boles Wil chase them away
    Do you sell cedar wood mote boles

  2. Hi,

    Thanks for this!
    Have you found the cedar effective for the fish moths?
    Where in SA would you recommend buying cedar wood blocks?
    I would like to buy them but not sure where to find cedar wood.
    Do you have any suggestions or where did you buy them?
    Do they help for fish moths?

    Thank you.


  3. Hi there

    I’m also looking to buy cedar wood blocks here in South Africa to repel fishmoths.

    Please can you mail me and let me know where to buy them.

    Many thanks.

  4. Woolworths stock cedar blocks, and quite well priced!


  6. Hi there!

    Not being able to find this product locally, I sourced and started a company selling Himalayan Cedar Products in South Africa. Please go to to read about our products and order them online!
    Our products are made from 100% Himalayan Cedar wood, sourced locally. Himalayan Cedar grows in South Africa as an alien species, so no forests have been harmed in the making of this product.

    All manufacturing has been done locally, therefore making this a truly South African Product.

    The inner wood is aromatic and used to make incense. Inner wood is distilled into essential oil. As insects avoid this tree, the essential oil is used as insect repellent on the feet of horses, cattle and camels. It also has anti-fungal properties and has some potential for control of fungal deterioration of spices during storage. The outer bark and stem are astringent.

    Due to its anti-fungal and insect repellent properties, rooms made of Cedar, (Cedrus deodara) wood are used to store meat and food grains like oats and wheat in India. People suffering from asthma or other respiratory problems are advised to sit under a Deodar tree early in the morning.

    Cedar oil is also used for its aromatic properties, and has a characteristic woody odour.


    Our blocks will last forever and are safe to use with children and animals in your home as they are not poisonous, therefore a good alternative to chemicals like mothballs.
    Use in your running shoes and other shoes being worn all day, as well as fine linen, silks, clothing and lingerie
    When travelling, use them in your suitcase to protect and keep all clothing fresh and away from pests. Cedar products have natural antiseptic qualities, so are perfect for keeping away foreign bugs.
    Due to its anti-fungal and insect repellent properties, they work well in any kitchen.
    The lovely forest smell of the cedar essential oil not only refreshes your blocks and sachets, it also works well in a diffuser, humidifier and oil burner.

    Kind Regards,
    Gizelle Greiner

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