If you have a wood stove, you know firewood produces a lot of ashes. Instead of throwing these ashes out, you can use them for things like improving soil, making soap, de-skunking your pets, and more.
The ash that is produced from a wood burning stove is a great fertilizer for your garden, as it has many nutrients, such as magnesium, phosphorous, potassium, sodium, and calcium. If your soil is too acidic, ash decreases the acid level.
Spread ash generously across the soil, and work it in with a rake. You can also add one cup of ash to one bag of compost, spread one inch of the compost across the soil, and work it in using a rake.
De-Skunk Your Pets
If you have a pet that gets sprayed by a skunk, you can use ash to remove the smell. Simply rub the ash onto your pet’s coat generously, and it will neutralize the odor. Use your fingers to work it ih into the soil so it gets down to the skin. After a couple of hours, give your pet a bath to remove the ash.
Clean The Glass On The Stove
Put some ash into a bowl, and add enough water to form a paste. Dip a damp cloth or sponge in the paste, and rub onto the glass on your wood stove. Rub the paste gently, as it can be abrasive. When you are finished cleaning the glass, wipe over it again with a clean damp cloth to rinse off the ash.
Block Pests From Garden
If you are having problems with pests in your vegetable or flower garden, spread ash evenly around the beds. The ash repels the pests, such as snails and slugs, which can harm your plants.
You can also use ash from your wood stove to make soap. Put two cups of ashes in one gallon of water and let it soak for one hour to make lye. Pour the mixture into a large pot, mix in two tablespoons of animal fat, and then put on your stove to boil. When it starts boiling, remove it from the stove. As it cools down, it hardens and produces soap. You can add a few drops of your favorite essential oil while it is on the stove to make a more fragrant soap.
Plant Healthy Tomatoes
Tomatoes love calcium, and because ash has this nutrient, it can plump them up. Put 1/4 cup of ash in the hole when you are planting your tomatoes.
When you remove ash from your wood stove, store it in a fireproof container that is tightly sealed.