Wood fire ash from your wood fire inserts or freestanding stoves is often thrown away by most Australians but if only you knew what power the ash holds, you’d start to treasure the remains of your fire.
Here is a list of the unbelievable benefits of wood ash:
You wood fire ash contains elements essential for the healthy growth of seeds, plants and grass. The ash contains calcium, potassium and phosphorus. Also, since ash is alkaline, it will raise or lower the pH levels in your soil, which will help enrich the soil to support healthy plant and grass growth. Calcium loving plants, such as tomatoes, can benefit from the use of ash in the soil. Simply place 1/4 cup of ash in the hole when planting for an added boost.
No More Pests
A safe, completely natural pest-repellent comes directly from your fireplace. Snails and slugs love to eat away at gardens and vegetable patches, but avoid ash. If you are growing a vegetable patch, laying this on the ground will help prevent pest attacks. You can even mix ash and water, and spray it over the plants.
Ash has a natural abrasive feature to remove dirt from surfaces including frying pans and stainless steel. Your oven’s glass can be cleaned by wetting a piece of newspaper and daubing it in ash. Gently scrub the glass and see the grime lift away!
The properties in ash have a neutralising action similar to baking soda. Its alkalinity can neutralise odours caused by acidic chemical reactions. Often, there are potent odours found in refrigerators, which can be overcome by placing a small bowl of ash at the back, and changing it every few days.
Ash contains sodium, which means it can act like a salt to melt ice. Simply spread ash over iced spots on your driveway or veranda or car windscreens. It also acts as a non-toxic metal polisher. Simply make a paste with ash and water to shine metals like silver.
With these benefits, you’ll know just how much use you can get out of your leftover ash. Now that your use of your fireplace is coming to an end with the warmer months on the way, think of the leftover ash as a great resource to complete many tasks.