If you own a wood-burning fireplace, then you’re no stranger to ash. Nothing beats the ambiance of a crackling fire, but cleaning up after them isn’t always the most fun task. Fortunately, we have some ideas for utilizing your fireplace ash to the fullest, making this chore a lot more rewarding in the long run! Check them out below, then turn to Magic Broom for all of your cleanings, inspections, and more!
For Your Garden
There are lots of uses for fireplace ash in your garden. For one thing, it can help enrich your soil. If you add compost to your garden, throw some ash in there before mixing it in. Not too much, though! The right amount will do wonders for your garden dirt. Along with this, it’s known for amping your tomato game, too. Throw a quarter cup in each hole, along with the seeds, and your vegetables will thrive!
Fireplace ash is also great for keeping harmful garden pests away. Line the outside of your garden with it, and you’ll be amazed to discover that snails and slugs will keep their distance! This will help your plants grow, without the annoyance of harmful intruders.
It may seem crazy, but ash makes a great cleaning tool for certain areas of the house. Your fireplace doors, for example, are one spot that will benefit from it! When you put some ash on a damp sponge it helps remove any buildup or residue that may be making your glass doors look dirty or grimy.
And if you have any silver laying around that needs shining, mix your ash with some water and you’ve got yourself the ideal cleaning solution! Use it to polish any silver you own, and you’ll be shocked at how your dishes and other home decor shine.
You can even use it to clean your pets! If your furry children have recently had a bad encounter with a skunk, and you just can’t seem to get rid of that nasty smell, use some fireplace ash in their next bath. It helps to neutralize the odor and your pets (as well as anyone else living in the home) will thank you!
Cleaning Out Ash Is Important!
Always remember that cleaning out ash is an important part of chimney maintenance and disposing of it properly is vital for keeping your house more protected and your loved ones safer. If you have no use for it in your home or garden, be sure to dispose of it in a metal bucket or container and keep it away from anything potentially flammable. Let it sit in a safe area for a few days before officially getting rid of it, as any coals or embers could stay live for well over 48 hours.
Any more questions? Please contact our qualified staff today! The folks at Magic Broom are more than happy to help you out with all of your fireplace and chimney needs!