The Content of Your Vacuum Bags Can Make Great Compost!

Vacuum bags are useful for more than just containing the dust and dirt from your carpet. As more and more people look to go green, or seek out more organic methods of gardening, vacuum bags provide a surprising boost. As unbelievable as it may sound, your filled vacuum bags can actually be used as compost. When you actually stop and think about it, it isn't that far fetched. Most of the particles that you are taking up inside the vacuum cleaner are going to be something from an animal or your body. There is hair, skin particles, lint, and other organic materials that are being sucked up. Of course, there is dirt and other non organic materials, but that just adds to the soil and composting power.

Compost Collection

While getting your composting pile started, you can also add in the contents of your vacuum bags. The easiest way of collecting this type of compost is through an upright vacuum cleaner. This type of vacuum cleaner catches the particles inside a plastic cannister. When this cannister gets full, simply remove it and dump it.

However, instead of dumping the cannister into the garbage can, you simply dump it on your compost pile. Regular vacuum bags can also be dumped on your compost pile. Doing so will require you to cut a hole in the bag to release the products.

Mix with Other Materials

The best way to add the contents of your vacuum bag to the compost is to mix it into the pile. If you have a compost bin, you will need to tumble it. However, if you just have a pile out on the back of your yard, you can easily use a pitch fork and toss the compost.

Mixing your compost will incorporate all of the different particles to an even distribution. It will also spread the nutrients and activate the compost.

Spread Directly onto Garden

Another way to add the contents of your vacuum bags as compost is to spread it directly onto your garden itself. This will be great either after a rain, or just before one. It will help spread the hair, and other particles, while also dissolving the lint.

Lint as Compost

Most people do not think of lint as anything but something that you must take off the lint catcher in the dryer. However, it is an organic material from the fibers of your wool, cotton, and other materials. They will break down in the garden to add nutrients. There is one more advantage to using lint. It will also act as mulch until it breaks down keeping the ground moist.

Use Paper Bags

When using a cannister type vacuum cleaner, look for paper bags as replacements. Using the paper vacuum bags is a much better alternative as you can simply throw the entire bag into the compost pile without having to dump it out.

Vacuum Cleaner Contents as Compost

If you are thinking about what to do with all the dust, hair, and lint that your vacuum cleaner picks up, why not throw it into your compost pile? It will add more density to it and give a boost to the nutrients in the garden.