How To Reuse And Recycle Bricks – 3 Tools Needed To Remove Pesky Mortar And Recycle Your Bricks

Learning how to reuse and recycle bricks isn’t a difficult project.  Reusing old bricks in prime condition can save you time and money when you start on future projects.  And the best part is that you only need three main tools to pull your bricks apart and recycle them.  Today, we’re going to learn about how to reuse and recycle bricks and we’ll also discuss the three tools needed to recycle your bricks to save you both time and money!

How To Reuse And Recycle Bricks

One of the most ingenious methods of recycling materials which most likely gets over-looked is available in the form of a specialist, someone who reuses bricks from a brick wall or brick structure that needs to be taken down during the building and construction of an addition to a house, apartment, commercial property, etc.

How To Reuse And Recycle Bricks - Brick Wall

In the Age of Recycling (yes, an intended pun), what would be the point in sending completely fine bricks straight to a garbage dump?  If you want to be as efficient as possible with recycling, our best strategy is to avoid excess waste, right?  Here are some of the best-recommended tools and products while recycling the bricks from a brick wall, one brick at a time.

Tearing down brick walls and structures does not require a college degree, but it is an incredibly laborious undertaking.  Bear in mind the fate of your back from flexing and bending over throughout the day during projects like this.  Surprisingly, there are only three materials required to start the brick removal process – a bucket with water, brick hammers, and some muriatic acid for those stubborn cement-clinging bricks.

How To Remove Mortar From Bricks

Tip #1 – Use A Brick Hammer

Individual bricks from a wall require each brick to be removed one single brick at a time.  The best method to do this and still keep as many bricks intact as possible is to be patient and methodical.  Tapping the bricks away from the mortar might sound like a simple solution.  However, it is a sure test of perseverance when you continue to think of how much easier the task would be if you were using a large sledgehammer to do the job!

How To Reuse And Recycle Bricks - Trowel Mortar Line and BrickOnce the bricks are individually removed from the wall, you can begin removing the mortar from each specific brick by cracking at it with the tapered end of the hammer.  Don’t forget – it’s best to use a brick hammer instead of any other type of hammer.

Tip #2 – Use A Bucket With Water

There will be some circumstances where the mortar is not going to come off quickly.  Sometimes, it’s easier for the mortar to come off the brick if you place the brick into something like a 5-gallon pail of water.

All you’ll need to do to get mortar off with a bucket of water is to fill the bucket with hot water.  Scrub the bricks with the water until there’s only a small amount of water left.  This usually does the trick when it comes to removing mortar.  However, there’s also a third option to help you to remove mortar from brick.

Tip #3 – Use Muriatic Acid

In cases where the mortar is still clinging onto the brick after a few dips in the water, attempt soaking the bricks in a mixture of water and muriatic acid.  Please remember to pay close attention to the guidelines when utilizing muriatic acid and be sure to wear gloves and protective goggles. After the bricks have soaked in the acid and water mix, all mortar should easily come off by using a wire brush and simply cleaning them off.

After the mortar is removed, reuse the bricks anyhow you choose and finish the task knowing you’ve done your part to recycle!


If you’re attempting to figure out how to reuse and recycle bricks for your next project, there are a few things to keep in mind.  Tearing apart bricks can be a pretty strenuous task, and removing the mortar can be even more difficult.  However, the three tools you need to make mortar removal a little less difficult are brick hammers, buckets full of water, and possibly some muriatic acid.

Brick hammers allow you to efficiently chisel away the mortar from your bricks.  If the mortar still doesn’t come off, try using a bucket full of hot water to rinse your bricks off.  And if that doesn’t work, you can always use muriatic acid – just make sure you pay attention to the guidelines when using chemicals like this.

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