- 1. Fuel - cow dung patties (gootte) for
2. Fertilizer - composting makes it even more powerful
3. Heat source - cow dung is naturally hot.
3. Purifier - natural antiseptic qualities
4. Floor coating - used mixed with mud and water on floors in mud
- Improves water absorption of mud.
- Prevents muddy puddles resulting
from spilt water.
5. Mud brick additive - improves resistance to disintegration. mud
and lime (cow dung ashes)
- becomes like cement. Mud additive - dries up
slippery mud puddles
6. Smoke producer - smoldering cow patties keep away mosquitoes.
- 7. Pot cleaner - used dry absorbs oil and fat
wet as a general cleaner
8. Brass polisher - tamarind removes oxidation - wet ashes polishes
9. Fan for fire - large cow patties can be used as make shift fans.
- Sun-dried organic recreational-aerodynamic-device -cow patty Frisbees.
- 10. Seed protector- covering seeds in dung
before planting helps to protect against pests.
- 11. Art
- Painter Chris Ofili won England's 20,000-pound
Turner Prize in 1998 for some paintings spruced up with elephant dung from
the London Zoo.
- Ofili's use of dung began in Africa when, dissatisfied with
the paintings he was making there,
- he picked up some dried cow dung and
stuck it onto one of his canvases.
- 12 Bingo Games - Cow Chip Bingo
- 13 Fabric Dye - The art of dyeing has for its
object the fixing permanently of a color of a definite shade upon stuffs.
- The stuffs are animal, as silk wool, and feathers, or vegetable, as cotton
- In 1881, A bath of cow's dung was used after mordanting vegetable
fibres, to remove the excess of mordant.
- A solution of silicate of soda has
been lately used as a substitute.
- 14. Bleaching fabrics -
Bleaching fabrics before 1760 (when a bleach powder of chlorine in lime
was developed by the Irish)
- was a 13-step process that took about a month to
- It involved lye, cow manure and/or sheep urine, buttermilk, and
stretching the cloth over the green grass.
- The process was repeated week
after week until the fabric was white enough.
- 15. Paper - Hand made paper treated with cow dung.