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Don't just throw your fireplace ashes away! From ancient times to the more recent days of the pioneers, wood ashes have been recycled in the home for a wide variety of uses. You, too, can find uses in your home for this versatile material. Ingredient

Don't just throw your fireplace ashes away! From ancient times to the more recent days of the pioneers, wood ashes have been recycled in the home for a wide variety of uses. You, too, can find uses in your home for this versatile material.

Ingredients

Wood ash contains lye, which is used to make lye soap.

In the Fireplace

Make a paste from ash and use it to clean glass fireplace doors.

Tarnish and Spot Cleaner

Wood ash can be rubbed over metal to polish it. It can also remove moisture rings from most wood surfaces.

Gardening

Since wood ash contains calcium, magnesium, potassium and phosphorous, it makes a very good (0-2-10) fertiliser. When applied near the roots of calcium-loving tomatoes, wood ash also helps plump up the fruit.

Pest Repellant

Sprinkled around the perimeter of your garden, wood ash will deter snails and slugs.

Deodorising

When your dog has been sprayed by a skunk, a little ash rubbed into its coat will help neutralise the smell.

Winter Uses

Wood ash sprinkled on ice and snow will cause them to melt. When sprinkled under your tires, wood ash provides traction. It can also be used in place of salt as a more environmentally friendly way to clear your sidewalk.

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