There are many things that can go in your compost bin. It’s not just for leftovers and other organic waste that can’t be thrown away any other way. Even if something doesn’t seem like it would break down easily, if it was alive at one point and is made of plant materials, you can probably compost it.
Although, there are some things that will keep your compost from working well. If you want to get the most out of your compost, you should avoid putting certain things in it.
If you’ve found yourself wondering “are natural loofahs compostable?”, “how do I do it?” and “how long will they take to compost?”: you’ve come to the right place.
Can you put natural loofahs in the compost?
Yes, natural loofahs are compostable. Adding natural loofahs to your compost pile will contribute to creating a nutrient-rich fertiliser that you can use in your garden.
Can you put them in the waste bin?
If you don’t have a compost bin, you can put organic materials in the appropriate roadside collection bin but biodegradable materials like natural loofahs are better off being in a compost pile.
Disposing of organic or compostable waste like organic materials in landfill can contribute to the release of potent greenhouse gases like methane, which has around 80 times the warming power of carbon dioxide.
Methane emissions are significantly reduced by composting suitable food waste and organic materials.
How to compost natural loofahs
You should wash the loofah before putting it in your compost to remove any residual soap.
As a brown material, you should be adding natural loofahs and other brown carbon-rich materials then a layer of green to cover it. Remember to use a garden fork or a stick to poke holes in your compost every couple of weeks to mix the pile up.
How long will natural loofahs take to compost?
It takes around 4-6 weeks for natural loofahs to completely decompose in a compost. Because they decompose relatively quickly, you can put them in your compost on a regular basis.
Natural loofahs discarded on the ground or buried in the ground will take longer to decompose.
Are natural loofahs a green or brown material?
Natural loofahs should be considered a brown material when composting.
Materials that are brown, like natural loofahs, are often more dry solid and woody; and are a source of carbon (one of the four essential ingredients) for your compost. Harder brown materials create air pockets that provide oxygen for the microorganisms breaking the compost pile down.
Composts rely on brown materials like natural loofahs to add bulk and structure to the pile.
Will composting them attract pests?
No. Natural loofahs will not attract pests.
When composting natural loofahs, you should soak them in water before burying them in your pile both to soften them and make them easier to break down.