Imagine if all the smokers you knew kept flicking the ash from their cigarettes wherever they pleased. What a mess the world would be in. Hence the ashtray!
History of the Ashtray
The origin of the humble ashtray probably goes back to the times when people started smoking tobacco instead of chewing it. But it first made a formal appearance around the early 19th century and by the late Victorian period, ashtrays were in common use. By the early 1900’s ashtrays had developed into works of art. Each country especially in Europe came up with its own unique style, incorporating in the design, local materials and craft of the region. So you had ashtrays made of different types of material, molded into every possible shape
Different kinds of ashtrays
You would find ashtrays made of glass, porcelain, stoneware, silver, aluminum, brass, bamboo, plastic and possibly every other material you can think of. Wood provides an antique touch. Crystal ashtrays look extremely classy though they do make a dent in the pocket. Silver looks royal but is very expensive.
Latest design trends in ashtrays
One material gaining increasing popularity these days is stainless steel. It not only looks chic, it is available in contemporary and futuristic designs and will last you many years. Stainless Steel Ashtrays like other objects, and accessories made of this material are currently in great demand. Typically these are designed aesthetically with interesting shapes and form, but even if the shape is a plain old square or circle, it still manages to look stylish and sophisticated. These in a way reflect the changing décor trend with more and more people opting for more modern and trendy interiors.
Different kinds of ashtrays to cater to different needs
You’ll be amazed at the range available when you shop for an ashtray online or in a store. You will find inexpensive ashtrays, expensive ones, cigar ashtrays , cool and crazy ashtrays, unique ashtrays, skull ashtrays, tyre shaped ashtrays made of rubber, music and rock band ashtrays , automotive ashtrays and even smokeless ashtrays which are a boon for non smokers caught in a smoking zone. There are spinning ashtrays, revolving ashtrays, wall mounted ashtrays and ashtrays on stands . Of course the simple circular ashtray with a niche in the rim to hold the cigarette never goes out of fashion. Then there are standing ashtrays which are ideal for office use and are placed in a convenient corner or corridor accessible to all smokers.
With smoking being increasing frowned upon especially in closed spaces, smokers are slowing shifting outdoors to light up their cigarettes and cigars. This has given birth to yet another category of ashtrays, namely the outdoor ashtray. These have a peculiar shape and design and can hold thousands of butts at one time! Being outdoors, these reduce the fire risk and keeps the surrounding clean.
What to look for when buying an ashtray
- The ashtray container should be wide and deep enough to hold all the ash droppings
- It should be sturdy and shock resistant
- It should be made of a non-greasy, heat resistant material
- It should compliment your decor
How to keep your ashtray clean
Once you’ve bought the ashtray of your choice, make sure it is keep clean and free from dust and odor. You can do this by following 4 simple steps on a regular basis
- 1. Get rid of foul ashtray odors by covering the base of the ashtray with carpet freshener.
- 2. Use old pieces of fabric softener to clean ashtrays. It will keep them clean and smelling good.
- 3. Place 1/2 inch of Baking Soda in the bottom of the ashtray to eliminate stale tobacco odors. Replace the Baking Soda when you empty the ashtray
- 4. Spray air freshener into the ashtray. While drying it helps mask the smoke smell, and aids cleaning.