Gardeners Gold: Common Household Item You Can Compost

Compost is truly gardener’s gold!  It can make an ordinary garden into something extraordinary!  Composting can be so simple, even if yo are limited on space.  In the coming weeks I will be sharing varies was you can start composting, including vermicomposting.  Who ever thought am almost 30-year-old woman would be excited about getting a vermicomposter!   But I am.  Here are a few more household items that you may not realize can be added to your compost bins.

From the Laundry Room

  • Dryer lint
  • Old/stained cotton clothing—rip or cut it into smaller pieces
  • Old wool clothing—rip or cut it into smaller pieces

From the Office

  • Bills and other documents you’ve shredded
  • Envelopes (minus the plastic window)
  • Pencil shavings
  • Sticky notes
  • Business cards (as long as they’re not glossy)


  • Fur from the dog or cat brush
  • Droppings and bedding from your rabbit/gerbil/hamsters, etc.
  • Newspaper/droppings from the bottom of the bird-cage
  • Feathers
  • Alfalfa hay or pellets (usually fed to rabbits)

List compiled from


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