Don’t discard wood ashes; sprinkle them onto the com post pile or
work them into your soil in the spring—but not around acid-loving
plants, such as rhododendrons and azaleas. (Store ashes in a covered
metal container, well away from buildings and flammable material;
even long-dead ashes harbor hot embers that sometimes burst into
2. Glare reducer. Cut
the glare and ultraviolet radiation reflected behind your
sunglasses—moisten your fingertip with oil, dip it in ashes, and
apply a dark line under your eyes.
3. Halloween makeup. For
that ghoulish look, rub ashes all over the face and arms.
4. Pewter prettifier. Moisten sifted ashes with water and rub
on pewter with a soft cloth.
5. Grease cutter. When
camping or barbecuing, soak greasy pans and utensils in ashes mixed
with water or make a thick ash-and-water
paste for scrubbing.
6. Pest repellent. To
discourage slugs and snails, build low ridges of wood ash around
plants and between row crops.