The average family consumes an enormous number of eggs every single week, which adds up to a large amount of eggshells. Most of us throw the egg shells away, but the next time you crack an egg, you should set the shell aside. You’ll be surprised by how many different uses there are for crushed egg shells.
Make your Eggshells Safe
Pasteurization is something that most of us associate with milk and apple cider, but it’s also a way to make sure that egg shells are free of harmful bacteria before you use them. Pasteurizing the eggshells isn’t difficult. All you have to do is spread your egg shells on a baking pan, stick them in your oven, and let them bake for 10 minutes at 350 degrees. Doing this will give your kitchen an eggy odor for a few hours, but the smell is worth the peace of mind you’ll get from the knowledge that your shells are free f salmonella and other potentially deadly bacteria’s.
Crush the Shells
Despite what some infomercials might have you believe, you don’t need any fancy equipment to crush the shells. It’s something you can do with your bare hands. Some people choose to put them into a plastic bag to minimize the amount they have to physically handle the eggshells.
Till them Into Your Garden
Calcium is something your body needs and in most of our cases, we don’t get enough of it. Egg shells are primarily calcium so mixing it into the top soil of your garden is a great way to make sure all of your produce is full of healthy calcium. As you eat these veggies, the calcium will convert to you and you’ll minimize the odds of your developing osteoporosis and broken bones while also decreasing the amount of joint pain your experience.
If you don’t want to till the crushed egg shells into your soil, you can mix them into your compost pile.
There’s something about crushed egg shells that repels undesirable critters from entering your garden which reduces the amount of pesticide you have to use to protect your plants. The types of insects that are repelled by crushed egg shells include:
Do you raise chickens? If so you can use the crushed egg shells to supplement their chicken feed. This is a great way to make sure your flock has the calcium they need to continue producing the top quality eggs your family enjoys so much.
Grow Healthier Tomatoes
If you have tomatoes that have been effected by a condition called blossom end rot, a disease that results from calcium deficiency, adding a handful of crushed egg shells to the root balls when you plant them, will resolve the matter.
Unclog your Drains
The next time you have a clogged drain, you should throw a handful of crushed eggs at the problem. The edges of the crushed shells will breakdown the blockage. This is a great way to keep your drains open without having to worry about the potentially harmful fumes of chemical drain cleaners.
Sweeten your Coffee
Has your early morning cup of joe been bitter lately? Instead of trying a different brand of grounds or changing the way you make your coffee, put a pinch of crushed chicken eggs shells into your filter with the grounds. The addition of the eggshells will help purify the grounds and you’ll get more enjoyment from your morning shot of caffeine.
Replace your Expensive Face Cream
Take 2 tsp of crushed shells, add a single egg yolk, and a tsp of honey an mix them all together. When you run the mixture onto your face and let it sit for fifteen minutes, it will leave you with a soft, glowing complexion.
Remove Baked on Crud
No one likes scrubbing baked on food and stains from their pots and pans. The next time you find yourself dealing with a particularly stubborn food mess all you have to do is combine 3 cups of baking soda with a cup of eggshells and scrub the pan with it. If you think the mess requires a little extra help, add some white vinegar.
What are some other creative uses you have found for your egg shells? Share your favorite tips in the comments!