10 Uses for Charcoal
Don't let that half-empty bag from last summer sit around. Charcoal—the natural lump variety made from hardwood—can do more than cook burgers
Don't let that half-empty bag from last summer sit around taking up space. Charcoal—the natural lump variety made from hardwood—can do more than cook burgers and smoke ribs. Find another use for the black pieces and finally toss out that almost-empty bag in the garage.
Mix charcoal into your compost pile to increase its carbon content. (If the pile smells like ammonia, it needs carbon.)
Rub charcoal onto scratches on dark wood floors and furniture to temporarily "stain" them until you have time for a real repair job.
Place charcoal, in open bowls or perforated plastic bags, in your fridge or drawers to banish odors.
Put a lump of charcoal beneath the cut stems in a vase to help the water stay clean and clear.
Break charcoal into chunks about 1 inch in diameter and spread them on beds or beneath bushes to keep soil moist and suppress weeds.
Use a piece of charcoal to draw hopscotch squares or other game templates on your sidewalk. Wash away the marks with a quick squirt from your hose.
Before storing rock salt and sand to use this winter, mix a few lumps of charcoal into the bag or bucket. They'll soak up dampness and prevent these materials from freezing or caking together.
Turn lumps of charcoal into a scare- crow's eyes for Halloween or a snowman's face in wintertime.
These bloomers benefit from charcoal's alkalinity. Mix small pieces with your potting medium (e.g., bark or wood chunks) to nourish the flowers.
Place a few lumps of charcoal in your tool box to absorb moisture and keep the metal from oxidizing.