Nothing, I repeat NOTHING in this house goes to waste. Why should eggshells be any different? Before you toss them, consider the following seven suggestions on how to use eggshells. Be sure to add your tips in the comments below:
Tip #1: Most Obvious: The Garden
Plants such as tomatoes love eggshells. In fact, some people like to place a few shells in the hole when planting tomatoes. However, you can easily side dress the tomatoes with your crushed up shells.
How do I know? I planted my tomatoes earlier than usual. Then wouldn’t you know it. We had a freeze on Mother’s Day. Thereafter, my tomatoes just look sick. When I side dressed them with eggs, they perked up over the next couple of weeks.
Also, add eggshells to your compost. While you are at it, consider using the shells to start seedlings.
Tip #2: Slug deterrent
I have not spoken to a slug but the word on the street is they don’t like slithering across eggshells. You know how I abhor slugs and what they can do to your seedlings.
Some say eggshells deter other critters such as deer. I confess. I have never tried this strategy. If you have, let me know if it works.
Tip #3 Add to Your Broth
Tip #4 Add it to Your Coffee.
Okay, don’t make that face. You know. The “ewww” face. Read here how to use eggshells to make your coffee . Apparently it clarifies the coffee and reduces bitterness. Any takers here?
Tip #5 Use for Cleaning
Use eggshells for cleaning:
- clean out your disposals with the shells.
- Make an abrasive powder to clean your pots and pans. See the recipe here.
Tip #6 Make Your Own Calcium Citrate
Make your own calcium supplement. See here.
Tip #7 Make Your Face Glow
According to Reader’s Digest, you can use egg shells on your face to make your skin glow. Clean, and pulverize eggshells with a mortar and pestle. I am sure you can use a coffee grinder too. Then mix it with some egg whites and spread over your face. Let the mixture dry and then wash.
How to Store:
If you want to store them, simply clean them and store them in the refrigerator. Once I amass enough, I use them. If I recall, I had them in the refrigerator for over 3 weeks and they didn’t go bad.
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