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Can I put the contents of the hoover on my compost heap.

(17 Posts)
twinsetandpearls Tue 12-Aug-08 12:57:49

It is just that grey clogged up dust.

sneekpeeks Tue 12-Aug-08 13:53:07

Dont think so incase of any germs picked up.

If was just hair, would be fine.

girlywhirly Tue 12-Aug-08 14:01:22

Yes, you can, but it might be worth checking there are no tiny bits of lego or other non-degradable bits! After all, compost is made up of loads of things that are full of microbes. You can put in pet hairs, too.

twinsetandpearls Tue 12-Aug-08 21:29:52

Right can I have a third deciding opinion.

MuffinMclay Tue 12-Aug-08 21:32:56

I do.

terramum Tue 12-Aug-08 21:50:02

I don't think it's a good idea if you have carpets (& therefore carpet fluff in your hoover) as carpets aren't recommended for use anymore as a mulch or as a cover for compost heaps due to the chemicals used in them.

BigBadMousey Tue 12-Aug-08 22:10:13

link here

Washersaurus Tue 12-Aug-08 22:15:17

I thought it was fine if you have wool carpets

twinsetandpearls Tue 12-Aug-08 22:51:25

Thanks for the link. I will put it in the bin then. What about the fluff in the tumble dryer.

terramum Wed 13-Aug-08 00:24:26

Wool carpets are treated with chemicals just like the artificial fibre ones sad

girlywhirly Wed 13-Aug-08 08:42:32

Depends what you use the compost for, then. If only for flower beds should be OK, but not for use on fruit/veg beds.

BigBadMousey Wed 13-Aug-08 09:29:43

If your carpets are 100% natural fibres then you could compost for flower bed use - anything manmade will not compost of course sad

No idea about tumble drier fluff....

Washersaurus Wed 13-Aug-08 10:41:18

I read somewhere that tumble drier fluff was fine as long as not manmade fibres - but then maybe that doesn't take into account chemical treatments on the fabric either?

TheProvincialLady Wed 13-Aug-08 10:44:46

Tumble drier fluff would be full of man made fibres or at least concentrated chemicals from the washing powder/fabric conditioner etc. I wouldn't use it.

Of course if you only have organic hemp clothing and use soapnuts it would be fine, except that I can't see such a person using a tumble driergrin

Washersaurus Wed 13-Aug-08 11:19:02

But you can take this too far can't you; there are chemicals in paper and cardboard too and we don't give a second thought about putting that in the compost bin. I have put tumble drier fluff in the compost bin, admittedly mostly the fluff from my cotton nappies when I have to tumble dry them (no softener and barely any detergent used)

cremolafoam Wed 13-Aug-08 11:21:20

I do and it is mostly cat hair

twinsetandpearls Wed 13-Aug-08 12:27:36

Probably not provinciallady.

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