1. Dryer Lint

Finally a use for that dryer lint. Dryer lint not only makes excellent bedding to get your worm bin started as it holds moisture well and is easy to mix with “worm foods”, it is also lightweight, and most importantly, free.

2. The Dust From The Vacuum Cleaner

What? I know you weren’t going to use it anyway!! A lot of the stuff we vacuum and sweep up everyday can be tossed into a worm bin. Keeping the vacuum dust on hand is also a good fail safe just in case your bin has been overfed or overwatered and you need some emergency fluff to help dry it back up.

3. Old T-Shirts and Worn Clothing

Not saying to do this as a first option. Donating clothes to the Goodwill or to people in need is a good first go, but when you’ve worn the LIFE out of your clothes and they are made of natural fibers… into the compost bin they go.

4. People & Pet Hair

*coughs* I mean…the hair of people…not the people themselves.

5. Broken Furniture

Got a wood chair that is on its last leg? That bamboo rocker finally decided it no longer wants to rock? Smash them down and feed them to the worms!!

Of course, you’ll want to make sure they aren’t varnished or otherwise finished with anything toxic to the worms, but, by the time most furniture has existed long enough to break, any toxic substances that seal the wood or bamboo have aged enough to no longer be toxic.

6. Cardboard Boxes

Yes. Cardboard boxes are compostable and thereby deemed edible for worms. So, shake those cats out of those boxes and shred them up! They make excellent and totally free worm bedding, are easy to get ahold of, and can also be used to “cool” your worm bin if you accidentally overfeed it.

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