I think it was around Easter when I started saving my egg shells.
I wanted to create art with them but who was a kidding ? I hardly have time to sleep nowadays …
But never mind, egg shells are very useful around the house, so they won’t be wasted.
Some people bake them in the oven on medium heat for about 15-20 mins after removing the membrane and washing them but I just washed mine, after removing the membrane and left them out to sun dry.
Here are some ideas on how you can use eggshells
- Scrub your pans
Crush a couple of egg shells in the pan, add some washing up liquid and scrub away. Add more shells if required. you can also grind the shells if you prefer. Works great on burnt food.
- Feed your tomatoes
To give your tomatoes a head start this season, add one or two crushed eggshells to the soil before planting. As the eggshells decompose, they will release calcium into the dirt. This helps prevent blossom-end rot, a common problem with tomato plants. Calcium also helps almost any plant grow faster, so try sprinkling eggshells all around your garden.
- Brighten up your skin
Finely grind a couple of eggshells and whisk it together with some egg white. Use circular movements to apply it to your face and neck. Let it dry and rinse with luke warm water. Your skin will instantly look brighter and healthier.
- Slug-proof your plants
Slugs and other garden pests hate the sharp egdes of crushed eggshell, so sprinkle it freely all around your plants to protect them. It adds nutrition to the soil too !
- Soothe your sore, aching joints
Break one up in a glass jar, then cover with apple cider vinegar and screw the jar shut.
Let sit until the pieces dissolve (about 2 days). Eggshells contain nutrients that promote healthy joints, like collagen, chondroitin, glucosamine, and hyaluronic acid.
These nutrients are infused into the vinegar as the eggshell membrane dissolves, providing quick relief when you rub the solution into sore spots.
- Clean your bottles
Hate cleaning out bottles and narrow necked vases ? Here is one that you will love.
Crush some eggshells, pop it into the bottle, add water and a few drops of soap, shake it all around until clean.
The soap will help release the dirt and the egg shell will help scrape it off.
- Start a plant
Put some soil in the egg shell, put a couple of seeds in. Water regularly and wait for the magic to happen.
You can plant the the whole thing into the ground when seedling is ready to go outside.
- Boost your Calcium intake
Eggshells are full of calcium so, taking a little teaspoon of it a day is going to give you a well needed boost. It is even believed that this is more digestible than store bought calcium.
Grind the thoroughly cleaned and dried eggshells into a fine powder. Treat it like protein powder and mix into smoothies, oatmeal, soups, coffee, tea – anywhere you think it’s a good fit.
You’ll give yourself a major dose of calcium. You can also sprinkle the eggshell powder on your dog’s food to help strengthen their teeth and bones.
Half a shell provides the equivalent of a day’s recommended daily dose.
If unsure, best consult a doctor before use.
- Clean your drain pipes
Finely crush a couple of shells into your kitchen drain or 3-4 shells in your kitchen food disposal. Use as normal.
The abrasiveness of the eggshell will help scrape off any dirt and oil that is stuck.
- Whiten Your Whites
Here are a couple of eggstra ( I know, I couldn’t resist .. ) things you can do with eggs, apart from eating them obviously.
- Heal a wound
No band-aids in the house, don’t panic. Eggs to the rescue.
Crack open an egg, peel off some of the membrane and wrap it around your cut. Not only will it harden and stop the blood flow, it will keep out bacteria while letting in air to allow the wound to heal and studies have shown the egg membrane actually speeds wound healing.
- Make your hair shine
Eggs contain lots of vitamins and nutrients. The protein and biotin in them is especially good for your hair and will help with strength, shine and elasticity.
Whisk two or three eggs, depending on how long your hair is. Work the egg mixture into your dry hair starting at the scalp. Leave on for 30 minutes, then rinse with cool or lukewarm water. Shampoo and rinse. Repeat treatment weekly or as desired.
Do you have any other uses for eggshells that you would like to share with us ?