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35 Unique and Useful Uses for Egg Shells That Will Inspire You
Do you ever wish you could do more with your egg shells?
Wait! Did I just say egg shells? Why yes, yes I did. I am constantly looking for ways to utilize items I feel like I toss out on a daily basis.
So why wouldn’t egg shells cross my mind? I cook every day—multiple times a day. I feel like I’m constantly tossing my eggs shells to the chickens.
But what if they could do more?
Well, they can. Here are all of the awesome things egg shells can be used for:
Useful Uses for Egg Shells
Here are all of the awesome things egg shells can be used for:
1. Chicken Feed
The first thing you can do with your egg shells is simply to toss them back to your chickens. They will peck away at them and enjoy the treat.
But the egg shells are more than just a treat. They are a great, natural, and inexpensive calcium supplement that your chickens need in order to lay healthy eggs.
2. Toss Them in Your Coffee
Do you like bitter coffee? If so, I hate to say it, but you are probably on your own with most coffee drinkers. I love to have a sweeter tasting coffee.
So if you and I are in the same boat, you can actually boil egg shells and place them in your coffee. Then you allow them to steep to kill some of the bitter flavors.
3. Kick the Pests Out
Do you have unwanted pests in your garden? If so, then egg shells should become your new best bud. You’ll need to keep an eye out where those pests visit the most.
Then sprinkle some broken egg shells in those places. Slugs and other soft shelled pests don’t like to crawl over sharp shells. So they’ll leave your garden.
4. Add Calcium to Your Garden
The same way egg shells add calcium to your hens, they’ll do the same for your garden. This is a great thing if you grow tomatoes or peppers. Have you ever heard of blossom end rot?
Well, then you know that a dose of calcium can heal your plants from this. So sprinkle some egg shells around plants that are struggling with calcium deficiency, and you’ll hopefully see a difference.
5. Eat them
You know that you can eat the egg, but did you know that you can eat the egg shell too? You can! You create an egg shell powder by baking the egg shells and then grinding them into a fine powder.
Once this is done, you can toss the powder into any beverage to give yourself a great calcium boost.
6. Plant with Them
Don’t waste your money on expensive cups to plant your seedlings in. Instead, hollow out some egg shells.
Then you start your seedlings in the egg shell and directly plant the seedling into the ground with the egg shell. The egg shell will compost and give a calcium boost to the soil around it.
When in doubt with what to do with a biodegradable item you can always toss it into the trusty compost pile.
So the next time you have eggs, do just that. They’ll break down and create a fine compost for your plants to grow in.
8. Add to Potting Soil
Do you find yourself buying the cheap potting soil because you are on a budget, or you plant so much that it just gets flat out expensive?
Well, spice up that cheap potting soil a little bit by adding your egg shells to it. It will up the quality of it and hopefully produce better plants.
9. Sidewalk Toy
I remember as a little girl, I loved to play with sidewalk chalk. It was fun to create all kinds of beautiful pieces of art.
Well, you can do this with your children now for basically no money. Follow this recipe to create sidewalk chalk from your egg shells.
10. Add it to Your ACV
I’m a huge believer in Apple Cider Vinegar. I use it to detox in the shower, I wash my face with it, I rinse my hair with it for a better shine, and I take at least a tablespoon a day (sometimes more.) The benefits are amazing.
So when you make your own, why not add your egg shells to it to make it even better for you? The egg shells will give you an added calcium boost.
11. Pot Scrubbers
Did you know that you no longer have to buy those abrasive pot scrubbers if you have unused egg shells?
Well, you don’t. Instead, you just toss those egg shells in the pot with some soap and warm water. The egg shells will break up and become abrasive to remove dirt.
12. Toss It in Your Stock
I’m all about gut health and improving our health anyway we can. So it is no surprise that I make bone broth and try to put it in anything possible.
So if you love broth (especially bone broth like I do), then you’ll definitely want to consider adding your egg shells to it to up the healthy qualities by adding some calcium.
13. Whiter Whites
Do you struggle with your white clothes becoming dingy? If so, then you’ll be glad to know that you can use egg shells to help with that problem as well.
So you’ll need to place your egg shells in a lingerie bag with some lemon slices. Then put them in a wash cycle with whites.
14. Use the Membrane
When you crack an egg open you often see the membrane still attached to the shell. The next time you have a cut or open wound, then reach for the egg shells.
So that way you can place a piece of the shell on the cut with the membrane on the cut itself. This will give off nutrients to enhance healing for cuts and splinters.
15. Knife Sharpener
Don’t waste your time or money buying a knife sharpener. Instead, put your unused egg shells to use. You’ll need to put them in the freezer so they get hard.
Then when they are frozen solid, you can run your knives across them to create a sharper edge. Just make sure that they are frozen very hard.
16. Stops a Toothache
I’ve heard of people placing a clove on a sore tooth or gum and it helps to stop the pain until you can seek out dental treatment.
Well, egg shells and comfrey root apparently have the same effect. You need to mix equal parts of each and apply to sore spots on the tooth or gum.
17. Hunting Bait
I don’t mean that you should lay out egg shells and expect to draw big game like deer or bears. But don’t you think that wild birds love egg shells as much as your chickens?
Well, they do. So when you decide to go duck hunting, try to lay out some egg shells and see if it helps attract them to your hunting area.
18. Face Mask
Are you into facial masks that moisturize and tone your face? I have really sensitive skin so I don’t usually do the face mask routine.
But if you do, then you’ll want to check out this recipe for an egg shell face mask that will make you feel like your home has become a spa. This site also tells you how to properly sanitize egg shells for use and how they help your skin.
19. Treats Skin Irritations
Egg shells have a lot of vital nutrients in them that are actually really good for us. With this in mind, it shouldn’t be that surprising that they can help with minor skin irritations.
So the next time your skin is bothering you, pull out that ACV that has had your egg shells put in it. Then use it to dab on your skin to soothe it.
20. Hummingbird Feeder Cleaner
Hummingbird feeders can often get pretty yucky considering you are constantly shoving sugar water into them.
Well, don’t let them stay grimy. Instead, use egg shells the same way you do to clean your pots and pans. Break them up, use warm soap and water, and allow the egg shells to be abrasive.