Uses for bamboo charcoal
Though bamboo charcoal has many uses, some possibilities include:
1. Purify drinking water - Drop a small piece or bag into a glass or pitcher
2. Control humidity - Instead of using chemical humidity absorbers, toss a small bag or a few pieces of takesumi in places you may want to control humidity, especially during the rainy season/summer, such as your closet, dresser drawers, or shoe cupboard.
3. Air purification - Takesumi supposedly improves indoor air quality by absorbing harmful chemicals such as formaldehyde and benzene, among others, due to its porous nature.
4. Deodorizer - Bamboo charcoal can also absorb odors. I’ve honestly found this to be effective in our home. I put a couple small bags in the fridge and it has worked better than even baking soda at keeping our fridge smelling good. Consequently, I also put a small bag in the bathroom.
5. Keep fruits and veggies fresher longer - I was skeptical about this but I put a small bag of takesumi in the crisper and our produce really does seem to last 2-3 days longer than without it in there.
6. Add to bath water - Takesumi makes the water more alkaline, similar to hot springs.
*Note: if you use the small bags of takesumi, you should occasionally hang them in the sun to “air out”.