Don't throw away your ashes, they're valuable!
Wondering what to do with the 50 pounds of wood ash your cord left behind? Here are a few ideas of what to do with the useful, mineral rich dust.
1. Melt Snow & Ice: Liberally sprinkle ashes on a snow packed or ice covered driveway to help melt snow and ice. This method is safer for your grass & plants then sidewalk salt or ice melt chemicals.
2. Pet Odors: Rub dry fine ash on your dog or cat to help rid nasty odors.
3. Lawn Care: Spread ashes across your lawn to help achieve a full green lawn. Just like fertilzer, don't over do it! Wood ash contains 10-25% calcium, 1-4% magnesium, 5-15% potassium and 1-3% phosphorus.
4. Glass Cleaner: Make a paste by mixing ash and water and rub on tough glass stains. This is very useful in removing streaks from your fireplace doors.
5. Tomatoes: Tomato plants love wood ash and you can place up to 1/4 cup directly into a fresh hole. These happy plants will reward you with large, tasty tomatoes!
6. Oil & Paint: When you spill oil or paint on the garage floor, use dry wood ash to help pick up the spill and remove the stain.
7. Gardens: Sprinkle ash in your gardens for healthy fruits and veggies. Place ash around the base of plants in a thick circle to ward off slugs, snails and other veggie eatin' bugs.
8. Compost: Mix small amounts of ash in compost to help enrich all your favorite plants.
9. Slippery Walks: A small amount of ash goes a long way with slippery, wet cement.
10. Feet: Place the fine dust in small amounts inside of stinky shoes to help eleminate odors. Use as much as you need, it is safe and non-toxic. Everyone around you will be happier!