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Does anyone have any idea how to make my Ceramic Compost Jar stop smelling. I take it out every day and then rinse it in water, but it smells a little funky. I don’t want to add chemicals as I have worms in my garden mulch.

Posted by Kell, 17th June 2015

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  • Bi carb tends to remove odors. You could sprinkle some in the jar and after a while rinse it out.

  • You could try sprinkling some powdered lime in the jar, all around, and then between additions of compost

  • Some types of ceramic are porous. That could be why they are holding the smell. Maybe lemon juice and water, brush with a dishwashing brush, bottle brush or similar and tip the liquid into your outdoor compost heap. Rinse your brush and leave to dry.

  • Plain white vinegar gets rid of smells really well.

  • Bicarb and vinegar would work best :)

  • Just saw one of these jars in a homeware catalog ( the catalog gets dropped at the door, you leave your order and the catalog at the door) – this one came with a carbon fibre pad to absorb the smell and had 2 replacement pads – might be worth looking into

  • Try soaking the container with a solution of bicarbonate and vinegar. Then rinse in clean water and rub the inside with bicarbonate to soak up any remaining liquid and help deodorise.

  • try adding some baking soda it seems to take away smells

  • Thanks Curly tops MINT!!! of course Thanks again, and thanks every one for your ideas

  • Sprinkling a little bicarbonate soda will absorb the smells. Also good for in the fridge, I keep a small container on the top shelf. Can be replaced each time you empty the ceramic co Rainer and it’s cheap to use .

  • also have you tried chopping mint and sprinkling on top.

  • Bicarb and lemon juice work well and/or vanilla essence to wipe it out and a few drops left in it.

  • Bicarb soda works a treat to get rid of smells!

  • stuff it with newspaper and leave for a day! It should help

  • I don’t use a ceramic one myself but have one which has a carbon/charcoal filter built into the lid which keeps odours down between washes. Like someone else recommended I tend to use bi carb to absorb any unwanted odours and have not had any adverse affects with it in our compost bin outside ie. Worms galore.

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