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Top 10 Uses for Eggshells

Top 10 Uses for Eggshells

Statistics say the average American consumes 250 eggs per year. Remember, we’re not just eating two at a time, sunny side-up, we’re using them them in our homemade baked goods, batters, main dishes, and more. And if you think the only two solutions for all those eggshells are the trash or composting pile, you may want to think again.

In the age of recycling, eggshells – nature’s suit of armor and an excellent source of calcium and minerals – can be reused in many ways that don’t readily come to mind. Enterprising consumers can make the best of what most would consider a highly disposable item.

These ideas can help you raise your eggshell IQ. In all cases, except where specified, eggshells should be crushed, made either coarse or fine, depending on the use:

  1. Use eggshells as a calcium- and mineral-rich additive to wild bird feed and chicken feed.
  2. Add eggshells to ground coffee before brewing. The shells help reduce any bitterness.
  3. As a soil additive for houseplants, eggshells add minerals and help keep soil loose and aerated.
  4. Love camping? Use those shells with soapy water as a natural abrasive for pots and pans, especially when cleaning products and really hot water are at a premium.
  5. Bake clean eggshells at 350 degrees for 8 minutes. Let cool and grind to a fine powder. Add as a calcium supplement (a teaspoonful does it) to juice, smoothies, etc.
  6. Add to your garden to keep cats away that may be using it as a litter box. Cats will not like the sharpness under their tender paws. Their smell can also reportedly deter deer and repel slugs, snails, and cutworms without resorting to toxic chemicals. Maybe tantamount to that, mineral-charged eggshells can be crushed and scattered into each hole before planting. Sprinkle additional crushed shells around your plants every couple of weeks.
  7. Skin irritations? Folklore tells us to drop an eggshell into some apple cider vinegar for a couple of days. Apply to skin irritations or itches.
  8. Unclog drains: Placed in your sink strainer, they can trap errant solids. When they ultimately break down, they will serve to clean pipes on their way out.
  9. Doggie defense: Dry eggshells in a 250-degree Fahrenheit oven for 30 minutes. Place in plastic bag and roll/crush with rolling pin to a fine powder. Add to dog food as a supreme calcium supplement (be sure to check with your vet for the proper amount).
  10. Looking for a fun art project? Crush and add to paint for decorative textured walls or furniture!

18 comments

1 lonnie { 09.04.14 at 5:34 pm }

grind them up and put them in your chicken feed

2 wilma jean coker { 08.23.14 at 9:45 am }

very good information about egg shells. thanks for sharing.

3 LovesAmerica { 08.23.14 at 3:26 am }

Great comments, will try them…thank you

4 raetta kimbel { 08.22.14 at 10:01 pm }

you mentioned an abrasive, to clean pots, here is something you can try.add it to abottle of baby lotion,after it is crushed first and use it for a hand scrub, or a good foot rub!
works great!

5 barbarastricchiola { 08.22.14 at 11:59 am }

Great-info.thanks!

6 Pam Staudt { 08.22.14 at 1:36 am }

Great advise!!! Thanks for all the helpful and healthy information!

7 Robert { 08.21.14 at 10:47 pm }

I like putting them into my compost for the worms to eat grind them fined for them

8 Deborah { 08.21.14 at 10:29 pm }

Break up the shells into small pieces and glue down on a substrate to make a mosaic picture. Paint shells before or after. Sign and frame for an original work of art.

9 Deborah { 08.21.14 at 10:26 pm }

Don’t give to dogs under 1 year old as they can cause problems with their kidneys. They can’t handle too much calcium before one year.

10 tess casey { 08.21.14 at 3:54 pm }

and, the water used to boil eggs….excellent for your plants!

11 Al Segur { 08.21.14 at 2:33 pm }

Egg shells dumped from a boat, simulate minnows(shiners), and draw fish.

12 KN Charlton { 08.21.14 at 1:45 pm }

My parents used to crumble them and feed them back to the chickens! We always had good eggs so it must have worked. Dad said it gave them some calcium!

13 Stu { 08.21.14 at 1:14 pm }

I dry shells and then pulverize in a blender to be used in plant mix.

14 DaWanda { 08.21.14 at 1:21 am }

I put them in the microwave for three minutes and crush them. I add them to the holes I plant my tomatoes in to prevent end blossom rot. I also add them to my bird seed and potted plants.

15 Mary { 08.20.14 at 8:17 pm }

In one of her books, Adele Davis suggested soaking crumbled egg shell in fresh lemon juice for several days. Try refrigerating this calcium extraction in a glass jar over several days; even a week. Add to fresh O.J., smoothies, salad dressings and other foods.

16 marilyn { 08.20.14 at 2:21 pm }

When scissors need sharpening, just cut thru repeatedly, over full length of scissors, wash scissors well afterwards. (Can also be done w/dull knives, but it is possible to cut hand holding egg – extra caution on those). m

17 Iva Costa { 08.20.14 at 1:30 pm }

I read about the egg shells which have add more for what I alredy knew! Thanks good information! A+

18 Cyn { 08.19.14 at 9:28 pm }

Use the egg shells as plant starters also ..
Step 1 clean ..
Step 2 fill with dirt.
Step 3 add seed

Allow seed to grow then transplant into ground.

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