paul wheaton wrote:researching ...
Using it for a polishing solution: "polishing plow bottoms"
rubbing on your face for camouflage (it takes the shine off).
Making lye: and with lye you can make soap and lots of other things.
to unclog drains
I read something about dipping the cut part of a potato in ash before planting the potato.
a dust bath for chickens - killing lice and mites
traction on ice.
apparently, when used right, it can act a bit like a bleach with clothes.
Here is an article that talks about ash vs. lime on soils: http://www.tbars.net/lime.pdf
Some people put wood ash on fresh wood when pruning trees - to help the tree heal.
Kathleen Sanderson wrote:Seems like I've heard of ash being used as part of the process for making hominy?
paul wheaton wrote:I just read this elsewhere on the internet:
We use ash in ruts in our driveway and it hardens up like concrete!
Anybody else experience anything like this?
Dan Fish wrote:I too will dump my ash bucket in my driveway and report back if anything of note happens.
Boost Your Hen’s Laying Power
Use wood ash to supplement your chicken feed. You may be pleased with better lay rates and longer laying periods.
Mix in the wood ash with your chicken feed at a 1% ratio. This may even help to reduce the smell of your chickens, um-well stinky eggs!
Freshen Up Your Fridge/Freezer
Similar to how baking soda absorbs odors, wood ash will do the same. Only ash is free and you probably have a lot of it!
Use about a cup of fine wood ash. Put it in a mason jar or a small bag towards the back of your refrigerator or freezer.
Protect Fine Fabrics
Protect blankets and clothes from moth damage by giving them a little sprinkle of fine wood ash before putting them into storage.
Simply brush off the ash and wash as usual when you bring them out of storage.