by Ron


Asked on Nov 17, 2019

Are there any good uses for fireplace ash?

Craft InvadersNaomie Moore aka baileyanddaisey, Castaic CARedcatcec


4 answers
  • Em
    on Nov 17, 2019

    1. De-skunk pets. A handful rubbed on Fido's coat neutralizes the lingering odor.

    2. Hide stains on paving. This Old House technical editor Mark Powers absorbs wet paint spatters on cement by sprinkling ash directly on the spot; it blends in with a scuff of his boot,

    3. Enrich compost. Before the organic compound get applied to soil, enhance its nutrients by sprinkling in a few ashes, says the host of radio's You Bet Your Garden, Mike McGrath. Adding too much, though, ruins the mix.

    4. Block garden pests. Evenly spread your firewood ashes in garden beds; ash repels slugs and snails.

    5. Melt ice. TOH building editor Tom Baker uses wood ashes to add traction and de-ices without hurting soil or concrete underneath.

    6. Control pond algae. One tablespoon per 1,000 gallons adds enough potassiumm to strengthen other aquatic plants that compete with algae, slowing its growth,

    7. Pump up tomatoes. For the calcium-loving plants, McGrath places 1/4 cup right in the hole when planting,

    8. Clean glass fireplace doors. A damp sponge dipped in the dust scrubs away sooty residue.

    9. Make soap. Soaking ashes in water makes lye, which can be mixed with animal fat and then boiled to produce soap. Salt makes it harden as it cools.

    10. Shine silver. A paste of ash and water makes a dandy nontoxic metal polisher.

  • Redcatcec
    on Nov 17, 2019

    Depending on where you live, the best use in this area (Maryland) is as a de-icer on sidewalks or driveways. A reminder though, it will track into your house.

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