Tip of the week…
Five uses for fireplace ashes
■ Ice melter: Ashes scattered on an icy path or driveway improve traction. And because wood ash contains potassium salt, or potash, it also melts ice without damaging the pavement or contaminating soil.
■ Fertilizer: Fill a cloth bag with ash, tie it off, and let it steep for a few days in a 5-gallon bucket of water. Use the nutrient-rich “ash tea” to water plants weekly.
■ Stain remover: Ash absorbs oil and grease from porous surfaces, including stone and cement. Pour it on a spill, rub the area with a cloth, then wipe away the mess.
■ Silver polish: Using a sieve, sift 1 cup of ashes to remove any chunks of charcoal. Mix a splash of water into the fine white ash and stir well to create a nontoxic polish for tarnished silver or brass.
■ Slug barrier: Keep slugs and snails away from flowers and vegetables by sprinkling ashes around garden beds.
Source: Woman’s Day
And for those who have everything…
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Source: Gizmodo.com ■