Wood burning can be messy, but it’s worth it! Even with the best and most efficient units or with an ash drawer, ash cleanup is never a fun job.
But did you know that you can actually use wood ash for other purposes?
Removes Funky Smells
Have a weird smell in the fridge? Mixing water and wood ash serves the same purpose as baking soda; Put the mixture in a small bowl, leave it in the fridge for a few days and the bad smell will disappear.
You can also sprinkle dry wood ash into litter boxes!
Home-Made Abrasive Cleaner
Dry ash has the power to remove tough stains and clean harder-to-maintain items like cooking pots and pans, stainless steel, as well as glass. Mix ash and water, then use newspaper as your wiping material, to gently clean the surface.
Road Salt/Sand Replacement
Have some ice in your driveway? Sprinkle ashes like you would sprinkle road salt and by the end of the day, your driveway is clear of ice and there’s no left-over salt kicking around on the ground!
Ash contains calcium, phosphorous and potassium, amongst other chemicals. It can raise pH levels and helps plants grow stronger and quicker.
First, test your soil.
- Take a small cup of dry soil and drop it in two separate containers evenly.
- Turn the soil into mud by adding distilled water.
- Add a little bit of baking soda to the first container.
- Add a little bit of vinegar to the second container.
If there’s no reaction in either container, your soil is neutral! If the baking soda creates bubbles, the soil is acidic. If the vinegar makes the mud fizz, then your soil is alkaline.
By adding wood ash and raising the pH level, you are lowering the acidity of your soil. Be mindful that some plants, such as blueberries and azaleas, need acid to thrive. Be sure you now what is planted before adding wood ash, to know if it’ll help or hinder your garden.
Even better, it deters snails and slugs!
You can sprinkle it around the base of trees to help the root and any fruit it may produce or sprinkle some on top of your grass before watering.
Get a jar and mix in half water, half ash. Let it sit near a doorway for a week to keep little flying intruders away. You can also take this substance and put it in a spray bottle, to put lightly spray on the surface of your firewood. Do not spray enough that it absorbs; just the surface vicinity.
Do you re-use your wood ash debris or recycle anything else in a unique way? Feel free to share your pro- tips!