Household uses of Eggshells

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Fertilize Your Garden

Before using eggshells as fertilizer, be sure to rinse and remove the clear inner membrane of the eggshells and set them out to dry. Place the dry eggshells in a large and secure container. After filling the container with plenty of eggshells, mash them into fine bits with either a steel or wooden spoon. Once spring temperatures have softened the soil in your garden, sprinkle the ground eggshells into the soil; this will add a healthy dose of calcium carbonate.

Create a Non-Toxic Abrasive Cleaner

Say goodbye to chemical-based household cleaners that are tough on your hands and rough on your nose. There is a non-toxic compromise that involves, yeah, you guessed it, eggshells! Gather a dozen or so eggshells and place them on a baking sheet. You can either naturally dry the eggshells outside with sunlight, or put them in the oven for a few minutes on low heat. Using a mortar and pestle, coffee grinder or high-speed blender, blend the eggshells until they turn into a fine powder. In a mason jar, add three cups of baking soda, the cup of eggshell powder and mix them with vinegar or water. This formula works great on various surfaces, from pots and pans to shower doors and toilet bowl rings.

Start a Garden

Grow indoor plants all year round using this simple and effective trick. The next time you decide to make an egg-inspired recipe, cut the top off the shell of each egg and pour the egg out. This will help preserve most of the shell’s length. Carefully rinse the eggshell before storing. Remember not to toss out the egg carton, as it will be used to grow the plants. After the shells have fully dried, use a sharp needle or awl to poke a hole in the bottom of each shell– it will help with water drainage. Place an eggshell in each carton divot, then fill the eggshell halfway with soil and place seeds in the soil. With a spray bottle, mist the soil and keep the carton in the sun. Water regularly and watch for sprouts, as it may be time to transfer the plants into a pot or garden.

Make a Metal Thermos Stain Remover

You might be all too familiar with this problem– the daily hassle of trying to remove the brown streaks left inside of your favorite drink container. While it may be a struggle to keep your thermos spot-free, there is a helpful solution you can use–eggshells! Fill the thermos with eggshells a third of the way and add warm or hot water. Close the thermos and shake well for a few minutes. The mixture should rid your thermos of all stains.

DIY Sidewalk Chalk

What better way to earn points with your kids, nieces, and nephews than by making your own DIY sidewalk chalk! You can use household items like eggshells, flour, and food coloring to make the process fun. Then get ready to watch the little ones paint masterpieces on the sidewalk.

Mix with Coffee Grounds

Trying new coffee brands can be hit or miss at times, but just in case you’ve bought coffee that is too bitter and still have a lot left, try your hand at this easy hack. Once you’ve thoroughly rinsed the eggshell in vinegar, followed by a quick splash of water, set it out to fully dry. After they are completely dried, mix the crumbled eggshell into the coffee grounds the next morning. Rich in alkaline calcium carbonate, the eggshells help neutralize the coffee’s acidity.

Feed Birds

You hear them chirping and see them in the trees, but why not help feed these little creatures using eggshells? Cover a baking tray with eggshells and bake them at 250 degrees until they are dry; they will then be brittle enough to be easily crushed. Spread the mixture of eggshells in a bird feeder or scatter them on the ground for birds to munch on. It not only provides a great source of calcium for the birds, but also helps females during the spring, as this is their prime time for laying eggs.

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