Uses for Cigarette Ash?

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I'm wondering if anyone has ideas of what to do with cigarette ash. My elderly mother is a heavy smoker and while I was emptying another, full, ashtray, it occurred to me that perhaps the cigarette ash itself may be useful for another purpose.


There is no point in preaching to my mum about smoking because I'm completely ignored. Is there anybody with ideas of how to recycle the horrible stuff?

By cettina from Malta, Europe

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April 19, 20101 found this helpful

1. Use it to polish silver with a damp cloth dipped in the ash.
2. Put it on your house plants, mix into the soil a little.
3. Put it on the garden.

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March 31, 20181 found this helpful

There is a company that recycles but and ashes and they even supply you with a shipping label. Here is a link to that site.

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March 31, 20190 found this helpful

Not on plants!

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December 25, 20190 found this helpful

Ashes keep bugs and eggs away from house plants.

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April 20, 20100 found this helpful

Why, thank you kemperjl! I didn't think it had any uses. At least now I can store it in a sealed jar until I have a good amount and use it for something! Thank you again.

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June 15, 20200 found this helpful

Ash makes a very abrasive cleaner, use very carefully and only on surfaces you're happy to see scratch marks.
Sadly the many harmful chemicals in cigarettes (heavy metals etc) makes the ash unsuitable for the garden except in very small quantities.

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September 11, 20102 found this helpful

Empty cigarette butts and ash into a lidded container and add enough water to cover, let stand for a few days and drain off the liquid. Dilute this liquid in a watering can and water into the garden.


It works like a fertilizer because of the chemicals in the butts and ash. Amazing results.

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May 15, 20170 found this helpful

OTHER sites - (a Garden -ing site n particular) SPECIALLY DOES NOT RECOMMEND Cigarette ash!? B'Cuz of some plant virus that the tobacco processing doesn't kill. -SO what's the likelihood of this virus affecting/killing my plants? It Also States SOME plants thrive w'WOOD ash, SOME DON'T DO AS WELL -DON'T USE ASH ON THEM - -SO people I SUGGEST MORE RESEARCH B4 U try THIS 1 on ALL Ur plants. TRY -MAYBE on SOME plants or if u have 2 starts of same? Use it on HALF the row n Ur Garden? I WANT 2 TRY This, (I'm a bit scared- I don't have a Garden spot 2 TRY On, just a few Herb's n apartment kitchen, can't add 2 lose those darn it! I was look'n 4 something 2do w'cig ashes 2! (I'd ALREADY separated mine from the filters, WOULD JUST THE ASH work as well?

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October 18, 20180 found this helpful

I'm smoking fertilizer Lololol but at least I have a good use for the waste now :) thanks

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December 29, 20181 found this helpful

Everything else I've read says that cigarette ashes contain heavy minerals that do more harm than good to plants

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September 12, 20100 found this helpful

jbeing, what an excellent idea! Thank you so much for such a brilliant tip.

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October 19, 20140 found this helpful

I have just read a news that scientists are trying to use cig.ash for seprating arsenic (poison) from water, but it would be very costly method, so they may use aluminium with cig.ash to lower the cleaning cost.


Another uses of cig ash is use in mobile batteries and concrete but its in research process.

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September 9, 20170 found this helpful

Or you can recycle the butts and ash and the company will put it to good use. Shipping is free. See link below:

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April 14, 20191 found this helpful

Cigarette ash on a wet cotton ball and rub lightly on skin can remove hair colour especially around hairline

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April 20, 20201 found this helpful

Cigarette butts - or "Dog ends" - contain Nicotine, which is a powerful insecticide. Soak them in hot water, then drain off the resulting liquid.


It smells bad, looks bad and it is bad - for garden pests; aphids, caterpillers, etc.

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