Over the past couple of weeks, Council contractors have been finding ashes in the recycling bins around the district.
Ashes can not go into your yellow-lidded recycling wheelie bin
However, than can still be recycled! Here are a couple of tips and tricks you can do with ashes from your wood burner (once they’ve cooled, of course!)
- De-skunk pets. A handful rubbed on Fido’s coat neutralizes the lingering odor.
- Hide stains on paving. Absorbs wet paint spatters on cement by sprinkling ash directly on the spot; it blends in with a scuff of his boot.
- Enrich compost. Before the organic compound get applied to soil, enhance its nutrients by sprinkling in a few ashes. Adding too much, though, ruins the mix.
- Block garden pests. Spread evenly around garden beds, ash repels slugs and snails.
- Control pond algae. One tablespoon per 1,000 gallons adds enough potassiumm to strengthen other aquatic plants that compete with algae, slowing its growth.
- Pump up tomatoes. For the calcium-loving plants, place 1/4 cup right in the hole when planting.
- Clean glass fireplace doors. A damp sponge dipped in the dust scrubs away sooty residue.
- Make soap. Soaking ashes in water makes lye, which can be mixed with animal fat and then boiled to produce soap. Salt makes it harden as it cools.
- Shine silver. A paste of ash and water makes a dandy nontoxic metal polisher.
If none of the ideas above resonate, put the ashes into a metal bin, douse them in water for at least 10 minutes and then put into your red-lidded general waste wheelie bin.