10 Ways to Use Charcoal

10 Ways to Use Charcoal

Summer has been officially over for a month, but with the recent drops in temperature barbecue season must now also come to an end. If charcoal is your grilling fuel of choice, don't let your bag go to waste — home improvement magazine This Old House has compiled a list of alternative ways to use charcoal and some of them might surprise you.

Charcoal briquettes are typically used for grilling or minimizing odors, but there are a few other clever uses for them around the home:

  • Nourish Your Compost Heap: Mix charcoal into your compost pile to increase its carbon content. (If the pile smells like ammonia, it needs carbon.)
  • Disguise an Imperfection: Rub charcoal onto scratches on dark wood floors and furniture to temporarily "stain" them until you have time for a real repair job.
  • Make Cut Flowers Last Longer: Put a lump of charcoal beneath the cut stems in 
a vase to help the water stay clean and clear.
  • Use it as Mulch: Break charcoal into chunks about 1 inch in diameter and spread them on beds or beneath bushes to keep soil moist and suppress weeds.
  • Keep Rust Off Tools: Place a few lumps of charcoal in your tool box to absorb moisture and keep the metal from oxidizing.

Get the full list at This Old House.

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