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#1 of 4 Old 12-31-2005, 04:29 PM - Thread Starter
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I was fortunate to find 12 pairs of my favorite underwear at TJ Maxx and now I can get ride of all of the old underwear that I am almost embarrassed to admit that I still wear.

I was thinking though, why should I throw these away? They aren't good for rags, they are that old and worn, but would they break down in my compost heap? So I thought, best thing to do would be ask the gardening moms at mdc?

Should I just chuck it up and throw them in the garbage, or would they disintegrate into lovely black gold if I buried them deep in the compost heap?


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I composted a pair of jeans once. With grundies I'd wonder about the elastic and any nonorganic fiber (nylon or polyester). I guess if you can remove the elastic from the legs and waistband and the grundies are all natural fiber they should compost....

I sure hope you don't have racoons digging around in your compost heap. Your undies could end up scattered all over the neighborhood!
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My Master Gardener friend said you can treat all natural cloth fibers as "browns" in your compost, so you're good to go as long as they're cotton panties and you remove the elastic. (But I never thought about raccoons )
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I would if they were 100% cotton. I'd just snip off the elastic.
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