Reduce. Reuse. Recycle. Your teachers and parents slammed this simple, three word phrase into your brain early and often from a young age. However, it is correct and more practical than you might realize. Recycling and reusing items saves time and money while maximizing efficiency. One unconventional household item that can easily be reused is ash from your fireplace, especially during the spring months.

At SirVent Chimney & Venting Service, we want to educate homeowners in the Lexington area about the many uses of leftover ashes. Read below, then give us a call at 859-241-1182 to learn more and schedule an appointment!

Recycle Your Ashes and Help Your Garden

wood fireAshes build up over time as your operate your wood burning fireplace during the winter months. We recommend saving them for reuse instead of throwing them out. They provide a variety benefits and uses, especially in your garden. Wood ash is rich in potassium and other minerals, so plants love it! Using it to enrich your compost will stimulate the growth and health of plants in your garden, especially tomatoes.

Additionally, ash protects your garden by repelling unwanted creatures. If you sprinkle ash around your garden, it will prevent snails, slugs, worms, and other creatures from attacking. When the critters try to eat and burrow their way through the ash, it dehydrates them and deters them. However, there are some additional helpful tips concerning ash use in your garden.

Other Uses for Ashes

Firewood ash has many other uses outside of the garden. First, it can be used to clean glass fireplace doors. Just mix it with a little bit of water, and your doors will be squeaky clean! It can also unclog drains. Lye is the substance that is released from the ash, which can binds with the fats, grease, and crude preventing your drain from flowing freely. Your sink will be as good as new in no time!

Additionally, ash can be used to polish silver and other precious metals. Combine with a bit of baking soda and water to create a mixture that will have your heirlooms looking shiny. Finally, it can be used as a bleach and laundry detergent to remove stains and whiten your clothes.

Don’t Wait to Schedule an Appointment

If you have any more questions regarding leftover ashes, we have answers! Give us a call today at 859-241-1182 to learn more! Our chimney, ventilation, and masonry services are top notch, and we love serving the Lexington, KY area. We can’t wait to help you!