It's winter. A lot of you have fireplaces and wood burning stoves that have been working overtime. Don't throw out that wood ash just yet; here are a few ways you can use them first!
Fertilize Your Houseplants - Making a cheese cloth ash ball and steeping it in a 5 gallon bucket of water will make a nutrient rich water for your houseplants this winter. Houseplants tend to be more neglected in the winter and this will give them a good pick me up once a week!
Clear Icy Driveways - Ash will melt ice and give your tires more traction on the driveway and won't contaminate your soil or harm the pavement.
Polish Silver and Other Metals - A cup of ashes mixed with a splash of water will work as a non toxic metal cleaner. So shine up that silver while you are stuck indoors!
And...save some of that soot for the Spring:
Repel Slugs and Snails - If you sprinkle some ashes evenly around your garden beds, it will keep these pests away from your flowers and vegetables
Hide Oil and Grease Stains - When you have a beautiful day, working on your car in the garage or driveway, you may have grease or oil spills that need cleaned up. Wood ash is a drying agent and will help clean the oily mess from porous surfaces like cement and stone. Pour it on the spills, then rub with a cloth and wipe and hose it down!
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This blog was inspired by a short article by Carolyn Forte, in Good Housekeeping the Feb 2018 issue.