10 Uses For Wood Ash

By admin July 12, 2013 00:21

wood ash uses

Before you dispose of those wood ashes sitting in your fireplace or your wood burning stove, try using your wood ash these 10 different ways:

1.   Use wood ash to add nutrients to your compost. Contains potash and calcium carbonate.

2.   Use wood ash to deter snails from plants. Spread around the perimeter of the plant.

3.  Use wood ash to add nutrients to planting holes for tomatoes  by adding about half a cup to each hole.

4.   Use wood ash to clean stove glass doors. Add to a damp sponge to wipe away sooty deposits.

5.   Use wood ash for soap making. Soak ashes in water to make lye which is used in the soap making process.

6.   Use wood ash to clean metal by making a paste with the ash.

7.   Use wood ash as a dust bath for chickens, it kills lice and mites.

8.   Use wood ash to remove sticky labels from glass jars by making a paste with a little water.

9.   Use wood ash as a top dressing around onions, leeks and garlic.

10. Use wood ash to raise the Ph of soil if required, as an alternative to lime.

Can you think of anymore? Please share in the comments below.

These 10 uses for wood ash was originally published on The Cyprus Garden Blog

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By admin July 12, 2013 00:21
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  1. Alma July 12, 00:36

    you can use it as a body scrub. just put it on dry, rub your body with it and rinse. Your pores will thank you

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  2. Andy July 12, 01:25

    spread on a icy driveway/sidewalk for more traction and to absorb more sun, melting it faster.

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  3. Ryan July 12, 04:35

    second the icy driveway, just make sure you’re taking it from a clean fire! nails are bad!

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  4. richard July 12, 12:08

    use to brush your teeth
    use (emergency) as sunblock on exposed skin
    use (emergency as shade around eyes to deminish glare (like baseball players
    rub on gun sights to reduse glare
    mix with paint and saw-dust to reduse slipery steps, deck of yettys boats etc
    rub on pullies etc for reduced friction
    pour on slipping fan belt to temporary stop the irritating sqealing
    rub on skin of fresh caught fish to facilitate handling

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  5. Rowean July 12, 14:28

    Mix with melted pine or spruce resin to make glue

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  6. Robert G Ferrell July 12, 15:23

    You can mix wood ash with water and fabric scraps in the paper-making process. The combustion process produces lye when the ashes are mixed with water. Over a period of a couple of weeks the lye breaks down the fabric scraps into fibers that can be used for making laid paper.

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  7. Steven July 16, 21:39

    When making Lye for soap making one must first put the wood ash in a steel 5 gallon bucket, with a small hole about the size of 1/4 inch in the corner of the bucket. Dump some water in the bucket about 6 cups. Wait till it leaches through the ash. Keep doing this till its leached through and into a holding bucket. This black stuff will be your lye for soap making. DO NOT get this stuff on your hands, as it is very caustic.

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  8. Robert Briscoe August 6, 21:24

    make hydroponic nutriant

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  9. canoehead September 5, 13:30

    A cup or so after every use or two in the outhouse keeps odours in check and aids in balancing the “compost”

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  10. canoehead September 5, 13:32

    Wood ash Boiled with liseed oil makes a wood preserver ie. For reusing pallets into garden bed, or any other lumber

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  11. CASReaves September 5, 15:00

    My great-grandfather would dust his garden plants to repel insects, particularly the Potato Beetle.

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  12. Tami Madson September 6, 05:00

    Fertilize for plants like Hydrangeas and others in the same family..

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  13. Robert Bobby Crowe November 7, 00:16

    My mom used it on the snow in the drive way she said it help melt it.

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  14. Robert Bobby Crowe November 7, 00:17

    My mother used it in her drive in the winter to melt snow and her plants.

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  15. Mike Race November 7, 00:22

    Use wood charcoal powder to fight diarrhea or sickness by ingesting. Make a poultice to get rid of infections or poisons or insect bites.

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  16. Bo Pannell November 7, 00:46

    Tattoo ink

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  17. Phyllis Hardin January 7, 19:16

    my mother had unfinished wood floors she sprinkled ashes and swept to clean them.

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  18. Bert Englund January 19, 01:54

    Ashes work well for better traction when the driveway is ice covered. A little ash is all that’s needed. Be sure there’s no nails or other items that hurt tires.

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  19. graham February 29, 01:17

    Mix with water and place an animal hide in the mix for a few days. It make the hair removal process very easy.

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