Activated charcoal is used for many purposes. For example, we have activated charcoal made from bamboo. It is a grey bag, but when you cut it open, it is full of bamboo charcoal shreds. This bamboo charcoal is mainly used on our website as an odour eliminator. But activated (bamboo) charcoal is good for many more things. Just think of the bamboo salt. It is also enriched by being contained in the charred bamboo. In this blog, we explain the 8 main uses of charcoal.
1. Charcoal as plant food
The charcoal helps your plant to absorb the nutrients from the soil. That is why it is a good idea to mix some charcoal chips into your soil. Make sure you do not use too much because they can also absorb water.
2. Charcoal as an odour eliminator
Bamboo charcoal is perfect as an odour eliminator. Because the activated charcoal attracts all microparticles, it removes unpleasant odours from the air in no time. This makes it perfect for use in the toilet, for example.
3. Bamboo charcoal as a dehumidifier
It is perfect for dehumidifying because activated charcoal absorbs moisture. You can put such a bag in your car, for example, if you have a lot of condensation on the windows during the winter. For your tools, a piece of charcoal is no superfluous luxury. The charcoal absorbs the moisture and thus the tools will rust less.
4. Charcoal as water purification
As you may already know, bamboo charcoal absorbs many things. You can also use it for water purification if you put some of our charcoal chips in a tea bag. This is better because the shreds are loose and you can be sure that you are not unknowingly ingesting charcoal.
5. Teeth whitening with charcoal
It was all the rage a few years ago. All of a sudden, everyone wanted to brush their teeth with activated charcoal. The natural properties of charcoal gave everyone a brilliant white smile. You would have to pulverise our charcoal into powder in order to use it on your teeth with a wet toothbrush. You can also buy special charcoal for your teeth, but these often contain various other added ingredients. These are actually unnecessary, so it is good to be sure that you really have 100% natural charcoal.
6. Cleansing your skin with charcoal
The purifying effect of charcoal makes it ideal for making your own scrub. Mix some coconut oil with charcoal and you already have a natural scrub. You can use it for your body and face.
7. Charcoal in your aquarium
To keep your aquarium clean and mould-free, a pump is often installed. You can place charcoal in the filter, which will then do its job and keep the aquarium extra clean.
8. Charcoal used in dishes
You can never have too much charcoal, although you see it more and more in trendy shakes or dishes. Charcoal chips are used in food to purify your body. It has not been proven that it is good to consume charcoal. Charcoal absorbs moisture. This means that if you ingest it, you will need to drink a lot of water to compensate. Because activated charcoal is also dehydrating, you can become dehydrated if you take too much.
So you see, the possibilities are endless. You can use the activated charcoal for all kinds of things! After a while, it will lose its effect. Then it is time for new charcoal.