11 Creative Ways to Reuse Your Eggshells
Do you ever look at the pile of eggshells after breakfast and wonder if you can use eggshells for something? When you have the reuse it mentality, you start looking at everything and pondering other uses. Believe it or not, eggshells do have other uses, so don’t toss them out! Eggshells are a source of calcium and have an abrasive texture, making them beneficial in many different circumstances.
Clean the Eggshells First
Unless you want disgusting eggshells on your counter, make sure you clean them. Rinse the shells off inside and out. Use your fingers to rub across the inside to get the membranes out. You can leave them out to dry, or you can bake the at 150 F for 10 minutes.
11 Creative Ways to Reuse Eggshells
Using a blender or mortar and pestle, grind up the dried eggshells. Then, whisk the powder with an egg white. Use it just like a face mask. It provides amazing nutrients to your skin! Make sure you rinse it off of your skin well once it dries.
Make a Household Cleaner
Eggshells have a naturally abrasive texture without any nasty, unnecessary chemicals you might find in cleaners at the store. You can use eggshells as a multi-purpose, household cleaner.
Make sure you dry the eggshells completely and use a blender or food processor to grind up the eggshells totally. Then, mix the ground up eggshells with baking soda in a 1 to 3 ratio. For example, for every one tablespoon of eggshells you use, add three tablespoons of baking soda. Then, add water to moisten the mixture. You can use this to scrub counters, pots, water stains and more!
Boost Your Tomato Plants
Tomatoes love the extra calcium that eggshells provide. The plants tend to develop blossom-end rot which can destroy your harvest if calcium is lacking. Make sure you crush up the eggshells. Then, add the eggshells in the pot or hole where you plant your tomato seedling.
Plant Seed in Eggshells
If you have children, planting seeds in eggshells is a fantastic project they will enjoy. You will need to keep the eggshells at least half intact, creating a small container to begin seedlings.
Keep the eggshells in an empty egg container. Put dirt into each of the shells, place the seed inside and water gently. When it is time to transplant your seedling into the garden bed or container, put the whole shell into the ground! Eggshells are biodegradable and add more calcium to the soil. You can crack the bottom of the shell a bit to allow the roots to get through easily.
Remove Stains in Mugs
Tea and coffee drinkers notice frequent stains in their coffee mugs. Eggshells can help get rid of these stains and bring your mug back to life. Crush up the shells and put them in the mug with water, allowing them to soak overnight. Eggshells are porous and absorb the stains without you needing to do any scrubbing. Score for you!
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