Clean Your Ashtrays with Ease

by Amy Gordon
(last updated December 1, 2014)

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Do you find cleaning ashtrays a real headache? Sometimes it feels like the ashes stick to the surface of the ashtray and refuse to come off. Even though enough elbow grease and hard work will usually get the ashes out, nobody wants to spend that much time working on such a small item. There are other ways to clean out the trays that will make the process much quicker and less frustrating.

First, you may want to try copying the method used in public ashtrays. Put a shallow layer of sand in your ashtrays to catch the ashes and give them something disposable to stick to. If you put a layer of baking soda down in your ashtrays instead of sand, it will also absorb the smell of your cigarette butts, which will be a relief to your non-smoking guests.

To make ashtray cleaning easier in the future, you have to start off by cleaning out the tray as thoroughly as you can. Once you have the ashtray completely cleaned out, spray the inside with furniture polish. A wipe-on type should work as well, but since the idea is to do as little work as possible, use the spray. This will help keep the ashes from sticking to the tray. That means that the next time you empty your ashtray, the ashes will slide right out.

If you are having a hard time getting the ashes out before you spray the ashtray with furniture polish, try using something a little bit different than your normal cloth to clean it out. Two good tools for the job are clean paint brushes or a large, firm toothbrush. Both of these brushes will help the stubborn ashes come right out. It is also very useful if ashes frequently stick to the very edge of an ashtray.

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Amy Gordon

Amy Gordon loves keeping things simple, natural, and safe so she can spend more time having fun. Every day she learns new things about making life at home easier and she loves to share it with you! ...

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What is nine more than 4?

2015-04-06 02:53:43

annieo

No pictures videos or complicated instructions needed.
1. Find dirty ashtray with gooey ashes stuck to it.

Really, just put a little water and a little Borax in to make a paste. You will not really need to make the paste, it just gives you something to think about because the ashtray will already be sparkling clean. You may just need to get a corner with a swab or something.

Now throw out the rest of the Borax by using it for all kinds of cleanup jobs. For laundry much cheaper and effective than oxy stuff and I liked that stuff but usually couldn't afford it.


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