More and more people are embracing the idea of sustainable living nowadays. It’s certainly well worth looking into if you would rather recycle and re-use than throw away.

If you’ve got a wood burner or log burner you’ll be glad to know you don’t have to resort to throwing away your ashes. There are plenty of things you can do with them, as we reveal below.

Good for your garden

You’d be surprised how many things you can use the ashes for in your garden. For example if you have a compost heap they can be added to that to help make the mix even richer and healthier. You can even sprinkle the ashes directly onto your garden, mixing them in with the existing soil to provide more nutrients. Some people even create cinder paths, perhaps en route to the compost heap.

Good in the kitchen

Those ashes can also come in handy in the kitchen. If you have any stained metal surfaces that need sprucing up, use the ashes mixed with water to bring them up to a shine. Just remember to test a small inconspicuous area first; they’ll need to be used carefully as they can be abrasive so don’t be too heavy handed.

Good for growing strawberries and rhubarb

Waste ash, great for the garden.

This is another use in the garden and at the allotment if you have one, but one you’ll appreciate if you happen to grow a lot of fruit and vegetables. The normal route to success is simply to tip some ash onto the soil around each plant. Then simply work it in lightly with a hand fork or trowel. The rain will do the rest in distributing the ashes more deeply into the soil where they can do some good.

Good for getting rid of oil spillages

You may be familiar with the idea of putting wood chips or shavings onto an oil spill, but ashes often work much better. All you need to do is to put a layer of them onto the oil and leave it to work until the next day. By this time they should have got rid of the oil for you.

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