But in the hours I have spent pouring over compost information online, I have discovered some pretty “fringe” ideas on what you can compost that I have not yet tried.
Toenail and Fingernail ClippingsReally? Something tells me our landfills are not going to overflow with nail clippings no matter how often you get out the clippers. Nails are made of a tough protein called keratin which eventually will decompose. I don’t know why, but once trimmed off nail clippings completely gross me out.
Especially other people’s nails. Yuck.
Cotton Swabs and BallsCheck to make sure the cotton swab is made of all cotton or cardboard (no plastic), but after you clean your ears, nose, or whatever (I don’t want to know) you can toss them in the compost bin. Just make sure they are chemical and medicine free.
Vacuum Cleaner DustMost of the stuff your vacuum sucks up is dirt, dead skin, and hair (all compostable). So you can empty your vacuum contents into the compost bin instead of the trash bin. Human hair is actually high in nitrogen though it does take a long time to decompose.
Of the three, maybe I’ll give the vacuum cleaner dust a try. I bet after dumping it in the bin, you never even see it again.
Would you try composting one of these “gross” items?