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How to clean a kitchen compost bin

How to clean a kitchen compost bin

I was pouring my countertop compost bin out, and noticed there was some compost stuck to the inside. I realized I needed to clean the kitchen compost bin, but didn't know the best way to do that. So I did a little research, and decided to share what I found! Here's how to clean a kitchen compost bin:

How to clean a kitchen compost bin. Use natural ingredients and mix 1/4 cup vinegar, 2 tbsp baking soda, 1 tbsp lemon juice, and 4 cups of hot water to clean and deodorize your kitchen compost bin. Don't use chemicals or soaps because they could damage the compost pile ecosystem.

To make the cleaning process a bit easier, line your kitchen compost bin with newspaper, and sprinkle about 1 tbsp of baking soda on it. This will help deodorize your countertop compost bin. It will also ensure all of your compost comes out when you pour your compost out into the city curb-side bin, or your backyard compost pile.

Read "What to Compost: Everything You Need to Know"

how to clean a kitchen compost bin

Where to put your compost bin in your kitchen

There is no one-answer-fits-all solution to where you should put your kitchen countertop compost bin. However, there are a few places you can place your bin to make it more accessible and easier to use.

Here's 5 places you should consider placing your countertop compost bin:

  1. Right next to your indoor garbage bin
  2. In the freezer (if you don't have much kitchen space, or your bin isn't smell proof)
  3. On your counter next to where you chop your veggies
  4. Next to your sink
  5. Under your sink
  6. Bonus: Have a second compost bin in your bathroom (as well as your kitchen) for things like toilet paper tubes, hair, paper or bamboo swabs, nail clippings, and other biodegradable bathroom waste.

Can compost bin filters be washed?

Unfortunately it's very tricky to effectively clean a compost bin filter, but there is a way to make them last longer!

Kitchen countertop compost bin carbon filters can get really gross. They mold, smell, and look nasty after a couple of months. Instead of buying another filter for your countertop compost every couple of months, try making the filters last longer by preventing mold with a baking soda-water-vinegar solution!

To make countertop compost bin filters last longer, mix and fully dissolve 1/2 tbsp of baking soda into a solution of 1/2 cup water and 1/2 cup vinegar. Pour that solution into a spray bottle, and lightly spray your brand new compost bin carbon filters.

Baking soda is known to prevent and remove mold, and vinegar is acidic and strong enough to kill bacteria.

To recap, make sure you replace your kitchen compost bin carbon filters every few months. Before placing your new filters in the bin lid, spray it with the mixture of baking soda, vinegar, and water.


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