Recently I discussed items to keep away from the trash bin. Add to that list: Eggshells. Why? Because if you get resourceful, you can put those shells to a surprising amount of alternative use. To see eight ways you can re-purpose the remains of your eggly feasting, read on.
Scattering eggshells around your plants and flowers is a natural way to keep away slugs, snails, and the like. And if you live in an area where deer are likely to stumble upon your backyard, first of all, I’m jealous. Second of all, if you’re looking to stop them from eating up your garden, eggshells can do the job.
—Put ’em in your Coffee
Well, not directly in your coffee. But if your tastes fall on the sweeter side, adding an eggshell to in-filter coffee grounds can reduce the bitterness of your resulting cup.
—If you’re a gardener you can fill eggshell halves with potting soil to start seedlings before moving them to your garden. Just make sure to place the eggshells next to a well-lit window.
—You can clean up in a natural fashion by rubbing eggshells and some soapy water into hard-to-clean items.
—Keep your Drain Clear by putting crushed eggshells in your kitchen sink strainer, which will stop solids on their way to clogging your drain. And as a bonus, the eggshells will purge your pipes as they break up and gradually make the descent.
—Use the Membrane inside the eggshell to protect and treat small physical bothers, such as cuts and ingrown toenails.
—Treat Irritated Skin by dissolving an eggshell in a jar of apple cider vinegar for two days and rubbing it on your irritated areas. I had no idea this was a thing, but now that I do, I almost want to irritate some skin on purpose just so I can try it out.
—Get Creative. Of course, this is an option for most everything. But the artistic possibilities of DIY eggshell art know only the bounds of your imagination…
—When you’re done, compost. Eggshells contribute calcium and other minerals to compost soil.
So what are you waiting for? Egg(shell) out.