11 Creative Ways to Reuse Eggshells (page 2)
Feed Them to Your Chickens
So, your chickens laid the eggs, and now you feed them back to your chickens. Just like wild birds, chickens can experience calcium deficiency. You might notice the shells aren’t as hard as they once were. All you need to do is crush up the shells and mix in their feed. You can also just put out a feeder with crushed eggshells. While some chicken owners prefer to give oyster shells, eggshells are a free option.
Clean Your Drains
Do your drains need to be cleaned? Dry and grind up the shells into a powder. Sprinkle this powder into your kitchen sink after washing dishes. The abrasiveness of the shells allows the powder to stick to gunk in your pipes, pulling the pieces off. Pour hot water down the drains after the shells.
Add to Bird Seed
Wild birds who visit your bird feeders will benefit from crushed eggshells mixed into the bird seed. You want plain eggshells, and make sure the shells are dried entirely. Female birds often experience calcium deficiency once they lay their eggs. Adding eggshells to their bird seed gives them a nice, boost of calcium. You can also try crushing the shells and spreading them on the ground around the bird feeders.
Improve the Taste of Coffee
I know; you are wondering how you could impossibly change that miraculous taste of coffee. Some people don’t like the acid in coffee. You can add eggshells to your coffee grounds. Eggshells are made up of mostly calcium, which is alkaline. The shells will absorb some of the acids in the coffee, mellowing the flavor out.
If you are going to use eggshells in your coffee grounds, make sure you have fully cleaned out the eggshells, and there are no pieces of egg membrane left inside.
Attack Garden Pests
Many organic gardeners use diatomaceous earth as a way to get rid of unwanted garden pests. DE is ground up fossils which irritate and kills any pests in its way. Eggshells have the same abrasive nature, so you can grind them up and sprinkle directly onto your plants to get rid of pests. Sprinkle it on the pests themselves, their nests, or around the leaves and base of your plant.
Add to Your Compost
Eggshells are biodegradable, so they should be put into your compost if you find no other way to use them. Many of the fruits and veggie scraps you add to your compost contribute a mix of nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium. Those vitamins are important for healthy growth, but the calcium contributed by the eggshells is just as important. Calcium helps the plant build healthy “bones,” which are cell walls inside of the plant.
Once you get started, you realize there are dozens of ways to use eggshells. There is no reason you should toss them out when you can use eggshells in your everyday life. What are your favorite ways to reuse eggshells?