Category: Fireplaces | Published: 25 Jan, 2017
Are fireplace ashes good for anything?
You may think that all that ash left behind by your fireplace or stove is good for nothing apart from throwing away, but don’t be so hasty. There are loads of ways that you can recycle your fireplace ashes, some of which are highly beneficial for you and your home.
You can enhance the nutrients of your compost pile by sprinkling on some ashes. However, don’t add too much, as this can spoil the compost.
For a way to melt ice without harming what’s underneath, sprinkle some warm ashes onto it. This will allow the ice to melt naturally, without being chipped away and risking harm to the soil or concrete beneath it.
Yes, you read that right! Fireplace ashes are actually really good for making your own soap. Most people wouldn’t do this on a regular basis, but it sure is fun to do as a one off. To make your own unique bars of soap, mix your ashes with water and animal fat, boil the mixture, let it dry and voila! Your very own soap!
Controlling pond algae
Many people who have ponds in their garden find that algae can be a big problem. Algae can destroy marine life and give off a bad smell if not treated. However, sprinkling ashes onto your pond can actually add enough potassium to strengthen the other plants that live there, which slows the growth of the algae.
Mix your ashes with water to make a paste, and you’ll have yourself a pretty decent, non-toxic metal polisher!
In the garden
Another use for your spare wood ashes is to use it as a fertiliser, as it will change the pH of the soil. However, be careful not to use wood ashes on more acidic plants, like gardenias and blueberries.
Here at ELB, we just can’t get enough of fireplaces, so feel free to give us a call if you’re looking to change your fireplace or stove. For more tips on getting the most from your fireplace, visit our blog.