Wood ash is a combination of nutrients and minerals left behind by burned wood. The ash from vegetarian can be messy, but not harmful. However, ash from a home or garage that has burned my be harmful, because of chemicals and consumer products in the home or garage. Wet the ash before removing it to avoid creating a potentially harmful dust.
Wash cooking utensils, such as pots, pans, and flatware with soapy water, rinse, and polish with a fine powder cleanser. Clean copper and brass with salt sprinkled on a vinegar-saturated cloth.
Wash smoke odor and soot from clothing. Using one to two cups of white vinegar with each load of wash can help rid clothing of the "smoke smell."