Coal Minded

With humidity and heat on the rise, you might be looking for products to keep you and your home drier, safer, cleaner and fresher. Did you know that charcoal can be used to perform all these tasks without having to use any harsh chemicals?  Here are 5 ways you can use charcoal this summer  

Deodorizer / Toxin absorber –  Charcoal can be used as an effective natural deodorizer or odor neutralizer. It can also absorb toxins in the air such as formaldehyde, benzene etc. (source). Use it in your closets, drawers, pantry, shoes, shoe boxes, fridge, bathrooms, kitchen, suitcases or anywhere to reduce odor and absorb harmful indoor toxins lurking in the air.

Dehumidifier – Use charcoal in wet areas such as bathrooms, terrariums and kitchens to soak up extra moisture and prevents molds. You can find Moso Natural Air Purifying Bags at The container Store. Made from 100% bamboo charcoal, they are completely safe, non-toxic, long lasting, affordable, fragrance-free and eco-friendly.  

Water Purifier – Charcoal can be used to purify water. Use it in water pitchers or in plant vases for fresher and cleaner water. These Sort of Coal sticks are travel friendly and can be used to purify water anywhere anytime. 

Skin Detoxifier – Charcoal can be used as an effective purifying ingredient in face masks to detoxify and balance out your skin. Try Ci Labo charcoal cleansing gel, Lush coal face, Boscia revitalizing black hydration gel, Dr. Sponge charcoal facial sponge or Sort of Coal kuro soap. You can also buy charcoal powder at Whole Foods and add a little water to turn it into an amazing face mask (safer because you know what goes into it!). 

Teeth Whitener – Charcoal can be used effectively to whiten teeth. It doesn’t stain your teeth at all. Try O
cculter Binchotan Toothbrush or brush your teeth with activated charcoal powder.

Charcoal powder can also be used as an ingredient in baking (click here to read). Have you tried charcoal before? What have you used it for? What do you think of it?  Would love to read your comments.

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  17 comments for “Coal Minded

  1. June 21, 2013 at 4:12 pm

    Hat’s off to these wonderful information you are sharing, Great blog to come across. Have a wonderful weekend:)

  2. June 21, 2013 at 4:55 pm

    I didn’t know there were so many practical uses for charcoal! I love the idea of using it as a natural deodorizer and dehumidifier. I really need to get some. Thanks for sharing these great tips Sheetal!

    Have a lovely weekend!
    Rowena @ rolala loves

    • June 27, 2013 at 5:08 pm

      It seems to be an Asian thing so I’m surprised you’ve never heard about it. I love charcoal soaps and have been using it for so many years so I wanted to try the Meso bags this summer. They do seem to reduce odors and keep the area drier which is something I didn’t expect at all. I love the fact that there are no chemicals in it. You should try it 🙂

  3. June 21, 2013 at 5:35 pm

    I’ve been seeing a lot of charcoal products lately! i need to get a dehumidifier!

    • June 27, 2013 at 5:15 pm

      Kim, this is an age-old secret and very popular in many eastern countries. Considering the rise in cancer and unexplainable modern diseases, it’s better to take the safer route when it comes to solving indoor living issues. Let me know how it works for you. It’s affordable and biodegradable too 🙂

  4. June 22, 2013 at 2:48 pm

    Wow! That’s amazing! Thanks for useful and awesome information! You have a great blog! I’d love if you checked out my blog, and if you like it, can we follow each other on “GFC”, and bloglovin? I promise I’ll follow you back <3


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    • June 27, 2013 at 5:16 pm

      Thanks. I hope people get to try it and like it as much as I do. 🙂

  5. June 25, 2013 at 12:31 am

    I am blown away with the information in your post! I had no idea how useful charcoal is! Especially it can reduce humidity in the house – wow!
    Hugs from New York,
    Ask Erena

    • June 27, 2013 at 5:20 pm

      I’m sure there are million more uses that I haven’t touched here. I have seen people use the charcoal powder as eye liner and mascara too (and yes I have tried this and it works!) 🙂 I like the moso bags I got from the container store so far and I want to get more of them. 🙂

  6. Ria
    June 25, 2013 at 5:18 pm

    Interesting post! I had no idea charcoal had so many uses

    Ria x

    • June 27, 2013 at 5:22 pm

      It does. I was surprised when I first heard about it too and I didn’t think it would work well but it does. 🙂

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  9. June 29, 2013 at 11:28 pm

    in greece sometimes people would add a little peice in the fridge to absorb the odors.
    i have yet to try it in beauty but now you have tempted me. there are some really nice coal soaps on etsy.

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  11. June 30, 2013 at 10:35 pm

    Charcoal is really a brilliant way to do a number of things, thank you for the information. I did not know that charcoal can absorb toxins. Mold can be a very difficult problem to deal with, especially with summer, I would have to try one of the air purifying bags.

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