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    Default 100% cotton clothing in the compost bin.

    My wife is 'forcing' me to throw away my favorite shorts. They are all ripped and faded but I like them
    I've heard that cotton (and wool) clothing can be composted as they are natural products.
    Has anyone here actually done this? Should they be cut up into pieces or just chucked in? And do they break down easily or very slowly?

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    I've read that cotton is fine for composting - but old cotton clothes make good dusters/cloths and maybe they could give some service in that capacity before they get put in the compost bin - that would mean they'd probably be already cut up. Not sure how slowly cotton breaks down.

    I've heard on a TV programme at some stage that old woollens make good covers for the compost, to help heat it up.
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    I've put cotton clothes on the heap.
    Obviously, the smaller something is, the quicker it will decompose. So, cut your shorts into small pieces.

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    Hi
    Had an old cotton nightdress which I cut up and added to the heap but the broderie anglaise trimming...I was picking that out of the compost for ages... so would advise to not add heavy seams, trimmings etc.
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    We just had a look at our "over a year old" bin & discovered lots of socks!!I'll prob just take them out & put on the new one!I'd agree with TS's & cut them up into los of little pieces!
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    i use old towels in my fish filter, then when they become too grotty and holey i put them in the compost, from experience, they take about a year to completely break down.

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    What about new fabrics? My friends give me scraps from their quilting and I use the batting scraps to stuff dog beds and the fabric scraps that are big enough to make small quilt blocks. But I am wondering if I can use the smaller shreds of fabric in my compost? I am worried about the dyes in the fabrics. I always wash my new fabric, but I know a lot of my friends don't wash theirs. If I was going to use their shreds, I could wash them first by putting them in a net laundry bag. I really HATE to put stuff in the garbage if I can find a way to use it. I'm a Rabid Recycler--most of my friends think I'm pretty crazy.
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    I've been composting fabric for a few years ~ when I say composting I mean putting it into the compost bins. Then fishing it out when I turn the bins. It's not rotting down

    Now I donate fabric scraps (I'm a dressmaker) to my local school for their craft lessons
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