Fireplace ashes should be soaked in water before disposal to extinguish any remaining embers. Wear gloves and old clothes when removing ashes from the fireplace, as they can stain.
- Scoop the ashes
Using a large metal trowel or pan, scoop all the ashes out of the fireplace. Lift large pieces out with fireplace tongs, if necessary.
- Soak the ashes
Put the ashes in a metal bucket of water. Stir them to ensure that they are all completely submerged, and let them sit for about 10 minutes.
- Pour out the water
Empty the bucket in your garden or lawn. Wood ash works as a fertilizer for plants.