What To Do With Eggshells

by Merissa on March 17, 2012

in Frugal Living Tips, Repurposing

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Eggshells are plentiful in any household with chickens. But when you think about it, eggshells have many more purposes than just protecting the eggs! Just like anything else, eggshells can be "repurposed". Here are a bunch of different tips to use eggshells for!

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Compost: Eggshells add calcium and minerals to any compost pile!

Pest Control: Eggshells sprinkled around the edges of plants and plants beds will deter slugs, deer, and other garden pests.

Seed Starters: Use part of an eggshell to make a biodegradable seedling starter. Just fill with a little dirt, plant your seeds and transfer straight into the ground when you plant the plants outdoors.

Cleaner: Crush eggshells (And add to dish soap) to create an abrasive cleaner good for cleaning pots and pans, and other grimy dishes.

Treat Itchy Skin: Dissolve an eggshell in apple cider vinegar to use on itchy skin.

Hardening Shells: Wash thoroughly and crush or grind, then add to chicken food to make harder eggshells in future eggs.

What do you do with eggshells?

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1 April Lewis Patel March 17, 2012 at 10:03 am

I use them as seed pots for seedlings.

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2 Dawn Dunham Seevers March 17, 2012 at 10:35 am

I have a mason jar I am filling with crushed egg shells. When I plant my tomatoes I will sprinkle some in the bottom on the holes. Hoping to ward off the dreaded blossom end rot I have had the past two years.

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3 Dawn Dunham Seevers March 17, 2012 at 10:35 am

I have a mason jar I am filling with crushed egg shells. When I plant my tomatoes I will sprinkle some in the bottom on the holes. Hoping to ward off the dreaded blossom end rot I have had the past two years.

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4 Annie June 3, 2013 at 9:27 am

Dawn – I used to struggle with blossom end rot, too and I found that by watering each tomato plant with a milk/water mixture at least once a day helped to deter it. I think the recipe was for 40% milk/60% water but usually I would take a gallon milk jug that was about 2/3 to 3/4 empty and fill it up with water, shake it to mix with the remaining milk and use that to water my tomatoes. It was the easiest way to “apply” calcium directly to my tomatoes and I assume they took it up in their roots very quickly. I hope this helps!

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5 Cindy March 17, 2012 at 11:50 am

I have spinkled crushed egg shells and my Tomatoe planet to give them calcium. But when Our garden was infested by aphids the Tomatoes never got any infested. Maybe that was because of the egg shells. Interesting thought. You did mention they ward of thing in the garden. Thank you

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6 KimH March 17, 2012 at 5:51 pm

I’ve always heard that putting egg shells in your garbage disposal sharpens it.
I usually just toss my egg shells in my compost pile..
Here is another list. http://www.thedailygreen.com/living-green/blogs/save-money/reuse-eggshells-460809
I read a real long & through list sometime this week about what all you can do with eggshells but I cant seem to find the one I was looking for.

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7 Esme March 18, 2012 at 11:56 am

Thanks for these tips. I am going to put them in my soil.

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8 Michelle March 18, 2012 at 2:20 pm

Interesting! To store eggshells for the garden, do you have to wash them off first before “storing” them for later. Sorry, this might be a rookie question!

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9 Debbie March 19, 2012 at 10:42 am

Great ideas! I tried 3 containers to plant in the shells, but nothing happened on any of the 3, sad but it didn’t work for me. :( So I’m going to just save them and add them to the garden!

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10 Elaine January 6, 2013 at 11:46 pm

I’m intrigued by the apple cider vinegar + eggshell for itchy skin. What kinds of itches does it help? How much cider per egg shell? I don’t have chickens, so I would be using the shells from my store-bought eggs if I decide to try this. I have eczema, though, and I imagine vinegar might irritate that.

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