Can the waste in the composter get a bad smell?

If your composter is used correctly, its content should not smell, but it should have a sour smell of bokashi bran.

If your composter is used correctly, its content should not smell. It can have the smell of bokashi bran or vegetables and fruits that were collected and put into it, but it should not have an unpleasant smell.

What if it smells bad?

If this does happen, however, it means something went wrong during the process of collecting waste.

Possible reasons:

  • The lid was not closed properly.
  • The top layer of waste was not covered with enough biogen bran.
  • Bokashi liquid touches the bio-waste on the bottom of the composter.
  • The waste is not pressed together.

In order to prevent air/oxygen in the Bokashi Organko composter that can release an unpleasant smell, always make sure the waste is tightly pressed together

If the odor ever becomes very unpleasant, empty your composter into your garden compost or the outside container for biological waste, rinse it thoroughly with water (no detergent) and start a new one.