11 Tactics To Keep Kitchen Compost Bins From Smelling

11 Tactics To Keep Kitchen Compost Bins From Smelling
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Are unwelcome odors infiltrating your kitchen from your countertop compost bin? No one wants their kitchen smelling less than fresh. In this guide, we'll explore effective strategies to ensure your kitchen compost bin remains odor-free without compromising your commitment to sustainability.

How do I prevent odors in my kitchen compost bin? Focus on balancing the moisture, incorporating dry materials like shredded paper, and avoiding the disposal of meat, dairy, or oily foods. Regularly emptying the bin, getting a bin with a carbon filter or air intakes, and considering natural odor neutralizers such as citrus peels or baking soda are also effective methods.

how to prevent your kitchen compost from smelling

Why does my indoor compost smell?

The compact nature of countertop compost bins makes them prone to odors, often stemming from excessive moisture or improper disposal of certain items. Your countertop compost bin could be especially pungent if your food scraps sit in their own liquid. It’s difficult to avoid liquid entering countertop bins because food scraps are scraped into this bin off the plate, Sepura is an alternative that remedies this issue. 

With Sepura, you can wash all your food scraps down your sink and the food scraps are separated from liquids. Your food scraps are sent to an odor-proof under-sink compost bin while only liquids enter your plumbing.

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11 Ways to keep kitchen compost bins from smelling

  1. Balanced Moisture:
    Ensure a balanced level of moisture to prevent unpleasant smells. Consider Sepura to separate food waste from liquids.

  2. Dry Materials:
    Add dry materials like shredded paper to absorb excess moisture.

  3. Avoid Certain Foods:
    Refrain from disposing of meat, dairy, or oily foods to prevent odor.

  4. Regular Emptying:
    Empty the bin regularly to avoid the buildup of decomposing materials.

  5. Natural Odor Neutralizers:
    Consider using natural neutralizers like citrus peels, a sprinkle of baking soda, tea tree oil, or clay.

  6. Use Compostable Bags:
    If you use a compost pick-up service that accepts these bags, they can be a great addition to control odors.

  7. Clean the Liner:
    Wash the liner of the compost bin in the dishwasher or with a splash of bleach to maintain cleanliness.

  8. Frequent Emptying:
    Empty the indoor compost bin every 2-3 days to prevent the buildup of decomposing materials.

  9. Add Dry Materials:
    Place newspaper or shredded toilet paper rolls at the bottom of your countertop compost bin to absorb excess moisture.

  10. Use a Compost Bin with Carbon Filters:
    Opt for a compost bin with carbon filters, such as Sepura, and remember to replace the filters every 2-3 months.

  11. Compost Bin with Air Intakes:
    Choose a compost bin with air intakes, like Sepura, for improved airflow to help manage odors.

Automated Odor-Proof Kitchen Composting

If you prefer to not touch, smell, or see your kitchen compost, Sepura’s composting garbage disposal is the solution for you. Simply wash all your food scraps down your sink, and Sepura sends food 1/2 the size of a grain of rice and larger into an odor-proof compost bin. Only liquids enter your plumbing: this stops food clogs, protects your plumbing, and makes Sepura great for homes on septic. 


Maintaining a fresh-smelling kitchen compost bin is achievable with a few thoughtful practices. By incorporating these strategies into your daily routine, you can enjoy the convenience of countertop composting without the accompanying unpleasant odors. 

For those seeking an even more streamlined solution, consider Sepura, the high-tech garbage disposal replacement designed to make countertop composting effortless and odor-free. Let your commitment to sustainability harmonize with a delightful kitchen atmosphere!