Monday, January 23, 2012

Hairy Situations Solved

Did you know that human and animal hair is compostable?
So every time you pull the hair from your brushes, you can throw it in your
compost bin instead of the garbage.
I have a Bernese Mountain Dog who sheds like crazy. When I give her a thorough brushing, I put it in one of those netted bags you use to wash lingerie. Or you can use any bag that has holes in it. Be creative.
In the spring time, I hang the bag on one of the trees in the woods. The birds use the soft dog hair to line their nests for their babies. Bernese Mountain Dog fur is super soft so it's perfect. My husband used to do this when he brushed his Newfoundlands. He gave me the idea.


  1. Neat idea. I've had dogs all my life, and never thought about throwing away their hair. Since hair is a protein, it will be digested by bacteria during composting. I will have to give it a try. My english bulldog's oily coat might take longer to decompose than your silky Bernese though. hehe ;)

  2. great idea! I've also read that when you cut down your Iris in the fall, leave the pile by a tree and the birds will use this for nest fodder too.

  3. Great suggestion Carole. I have Irises and I will definately do that this fall. Thanks for sharing.