wood ashe uses 1. De-skunk pets. 3. Enrich compost 4. Block garden pests. 5. Melt ice. 6. Control pond algae. 7. Pump up tomatoes. loving plants, 8. Clean glass fireplace doors. A damp sponge dipped in the dust scrubs away sooty residue. 9. Make soap. Soaking ashes in water makes lye, which can be mixed with animal fat and then boiled to produce soap. Salt makes it harden as it cools. 10. Shine silver. A paste of ash and water makes a dandy nontoxic metal polisher.