Did you know that there are a ton of different ways to use charcoal? Recently, a friend told me several different ways that she uses charcoal around her house, so I decided to put some of her tips to the test. At first, I was a bit skeptical, but I’m happy to say that the tips I received really worked, so I wanted to share them with you. Here’s 7 ways to use charcoal.
1. Odor Eliminator
I have to be honest. I really didn't expect this to work, but it does. Charcoal can be used to eliminate odors in a variety of different places, such as your bathroom or basement. Keep in mind that it doesn't eliminate odors instantly, but after a couple of days, you will notice a huge difference. Charcoal can also be placed in the bottom of trash cans to eliminate odors, as well. In my opinion, this is one of the best ways to use charcoal.
2. Homemade Dehumidifier
Dehumidifiers can be expensive, so why not make your own. To make a homemade dehumidifier, you will need a container that has a lid such as an empty coffee can. Simply fill the can with charcoal and put the lid on tightly. Be sure to punch some holes in the top of the lid. If you don’t have an empty coffee can, you could also use an empty bowl that has a lid on it.
3. Keep Books Mold Free
Have you ever noticed that sometimes books that have been stored in a closed bookcase have mold on them? One way to prevent this is by putting some charcoal in the bookcase with them. You will be surprised by how fresh your books smell, as well.
4. Fun Gag Gift
Have you ever thought about giving someone a lump of coal for Christmas because they've been naughty? If so, a piece of charcoal could come in handy. Simply grab a piece of charcoal and put a pretty red bow on it. It will be an inexpensive gift that the recipient will remember for years. Keep in mind that if you give someone a gag gift this Christmas, they may return the favor next year.
5. Sidewalk Art
Drawing with sidewalk chalk is a great way for your kids to show their creative side. If you’re out of chalk, but your kids are still want to draw on the sidewalk, let them use charcoal instead. It works well and can be easily washed off. Plus, sidewalk chalk typially comes in bright colors, so kids may enjoy having a different color to draw with.
6. Prevent Rust
My husband works in construction, so he has a lot of tools. Unfortunately, many of the tools that he has had for a while have started to rust. We have found that putting a couple of pieces of charcoal down in each of his tool boxes helps prevent tools from rusting.
7. Keep Flowers Fresh
I love getting fresh flowers! But I’m always sad when it’s time to throw them away. If you place a few pieces of charcoal in the bottom your vase of flowers, it will extend the length of time that you can keep them.
As you can see, there are many different ways to use charcoal. Are there any other ways that you have found charcoal to be useful that you would like to add to this list? If so, please share them with me. I’m looking forward to hearing some of your ideas.