Does your family use a large number of eggs and you feel bad about always tossing the shells in the trash? Like many items, there are so many ideas on what to do with eggshells. You won’t know which one to do first!
What To Do With Eggshells
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!
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.
More Ideas on What to Do With Eggshells from Little House Living Readers:
Crush and add to my garden especially the tomatoes. – Natasha G.
We used to dry them in the oven and powder them in the blender. I would then add pepper to them and add them to my chicken scratch. The shells are calcium and the pepper makes them drink lots of water. You bake them because then it makes them different from fresh shells and they won’t get into the habit of eating their eggs. Now, I put them in my bone broth. It pulls the calcium out into the broth. – Muffy S.
I like to do mosaics with them. I start with large pieces, paint them, and then break them up and apply with Elmer’s glue to anything and everything. – Candace M.
Snail repellant along edges of our gardens. – Heather T.
Ground egg shells can be used to remove tough grease stains on clothing or carpet. Also can be used to remove bitterness in coffee. My mom used to do this. Powdered egg shells can be used as a calcium supplement in your diet also. – Melzora T.
Bake them and crush them and add to dog’s food for added calcium. – Angela M.
Here’s one more cute idea for the kids! Just use potting soil and grass seed and let the kids “cut the hair” of their new friends. Image courtesy of Kathy M.
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