We try to be green at our house, a way of reducing and reusing more than recycling. We have a very large compost pile in our back yard and use a small 2.5 quart bucket in the house. Lately, I have been having a battle with the gnats. It is out of control! I don’t want to get rid of my bucket inside- it is super convenient right next to the kitchen sink, I can just empty the strainer and get back to dishes.

But there is no lid.

Compost with gnats!

Compost with gnats!

And it is chewed up by the dog.

Lovely holes thanks to the dog

Lovely holes thanks to the dog

Therein, lies the problem! So I went to my local home improvement store and got some lids for my bucket. They cost a whopping $0.77!

Simple lid!

Simple lid!

The buckets are a little more, but you can save any empty plastic container and use it 🙂 I wanted my bucket to be plain, so I let it soak in some rubbing alcohol and then wiped off the print.

To make a simple compost bucket, take the lid to your bucket and drill small holes in it, no bigger than a pencil, 5-10 of them is plenty. Run to the local pet store and get a fish tank filter- preferably one that will fit the lid to your bucket. I found a 2 pack, 4 uses for me, for only $3.00. Super glue that filter to the lid. The filter will help trap the odor from the compost. Once I have a minute, I plan on adding a simple “COMPOST” label from my vinyl cutter. Now start composting!

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For you city folk, this is a great place to put your coffee grinds and eggshells. Plants LOVE this combination, mainly because it is nutrient rich and blossom producing nitrogen! So don’t be afraid of composting!

Completed bucket

Completed bucket

Now if you have a gnat issue like me, save the next jar you empty. Poke holes in the top, not very big. Fill the jar with apple cider vinegar and place the lid back on it. Put the jar where the highest concentration of gnats are. It is kind of gross what you will find after a while. Below is a picture of my jar after a few days!

Enjoy your compost bin and gnat catcher!

Keep Reclaiming!