Eggs are delicious – personally, I consider them a meal staple! But the shells? No so much. Eggshells are the last things you want to be eating and are usually considered garbage. While we don’t necessarily condone eating straight-up eggshells (please don’t do that), we would like you to reconsider tossing those shells away! Eggshells are packed full of nutrients – almost as many as the eggs inside of them, in fact. With that much oomph in them, it would be such a waste to throw away perfectly good shells! Here are 15 brilliant ways you can use your eggshells around the house and in the garden rather than tossing them out.
Egg shells are rich in calcium, which means they have great nutrients for your plants. You can use eggshells for this purpose either in your compost or in your fertilizer! If you’re using them in the garden, you can crush eggshells and sprinkle them into a hole right before planting to fertilize the soil. Then every two weeks, crush eggshells and sprinkle them around the base of your plants. For your compost, just crush or grind the shells up and add to your compost.
2. Prevent Blossom End Rot
3. Seedling Starters
Finding a place to grow seedlings can be a pretty creative venture! In this case, eggshells actually make great seedling holders. Take an eggshell, rinse, add a hole on bottom for drainage and crack the other end. Fill this end with dirt and one to two seeds. Once they’re ready to be planted, just crack the eggshell at the bottom and plant the young plant along with the shell.
4. Pest Control
5. Clean Dishes
It seems weird, using something we consider garbage to clean dishes. But eggshells work wonderfully as an abrasive for tough food stains. Shells are also great for cleaning oddly shaped glasses, like vases. Just rinse the vase (or other glasses) with warm water, add a few crushed eggshells, and then add a drop of dish washing soap. Shake and rinse thoroughly to clean the oblong glass.
6. Remove Coffee and Tea Stain
7. Whiten Laundry
Just like eggshells remove the stains from your mugs, they can also remove stains from clothes, leaving them a sparkling white. Just stick some eggshells in a mesh bag to your laundry and your white clothes will lose their grayish tint. Actual magic.
8. Feed Them To Chickens
9. Homemade Calcium Supplement
Just like your chickens, you need calcium, too! Calcium deficiency is bad for your bones among other things. Clean and sanitize the eggshells, let them dry, and then blend them to powder using a blender or coffee grinder. Spoon them into gelatin capsules or add them to smoothies for the extra calcium and other health benefits.
So we guess you CAN eat your eggshells…just only in this special way.
10. Pet Calcium Supplement
11. Make Sidewalk Chalk
A fun outdoor activity to do with the kids is playing with sidewalk chalk! No chalk on hand? That’s okay, you can actually make your own out of eggshells. Grind up 5-8 shells, add 1 tsp of hot water, 1 tsp of flour, and food coloring. Mix together and then pack into toilet rolls till dried. Recycled fun!
12. Coffee Additive
13. Gelatin Molds
This is especially great for Easter time, when everything is egg-themed! Eggshells can act as a clever mold, great for gelatin or egg-shaped chocolate treats.
15. Use as a Bandage
This one is weird…stick with us. You can use the membrane inside eggshells for perfect bandages; they’re waterproof and won’t let anything at your cut or scrape. Crack the egg, swipe some membrane, wrap it around the cut and let it harden. Gross? Maybe. Effective? You better believe it.
Do you use your eggshells in a smart way? Share your ideas in the comments section below.