Instead of throwing it away, fireplace ash can be reused in several ways. It can neutralize odors, be plant food, reduce glare and clean glass. That full ash bucket is a treasure of practical solutions.
Fireplace ash is a practical gardening aid. The ash from hardwoods has a higher nutrient content than ash from softwoods.
- Spread it around the outside edge of a garden to stop slugs, snails and cutworms. It dehydrates them.
- Dust it around the soil of plants that like an alkaline soil because the calcium and potassium in the ash helps them bloom. It is a green fertilizer, but don't use it if the soil pH is higher than 7.0. Don't add it to compost.
It can be used to clean the glass doors of a fireplace. To use it, mix a little ash with some water and rub the glass with a sponge dipped in the mixture. To use it as a sliver cleaner, make a paste and put it on the silverware. Rub and rinse.
When sprinkled on an iced driveway, it aids in traction. It will remove water spots and rings from wood.
To remove water spots with ash, make a paste and rub it onto the spots. Then clean the wood with furniture polish. Ash can be used to reduce glare by mixing it with baby oil and putting a dab under the eyes.