Most people crack their egg shells and then toss them in the trash, but it doesn’t have to be so! As long as you are buying fresh, healthy eggs, you are able to re-use those cracked egg shells to decorate with, help your plants grow, and so much more. We must, however, stress the importance of knowing where your eggs came from- particularly before trying any of the ingestible suggested uses. Normally, eggshells can be very healthy to consume, but eggs from the grocery store, at least the major manufacturing plants, often coat the shell with chemicals that can be harmful. Buying fresh from a local seller or market is the way to go! Personally, I buy my eggs from the local butcher shop but you can also find local, fresh eggs at most farmers’ markets as well. Other than that, you should be good to go!
As a Laundry Whitener
Do your whites tend to get a grey tint to them in the wash no matter what you do? Try putting eggshells in a tightly closed mesh bag to whiten them naturally!
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In Your Garden
Mix old coffee and eggshells for a powerful addition to your garden! They help to keep pests away and promote strong, healthy growth.
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Sidewalk Smoke Bombs
This is a super fun activity that you can do with kids!
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As a Bandage
Eggshell membranes are powerful for healing wounds! The National Library for Medicine states, “highly fibrous material that is readily available as a remnant of the chicken egg processing (breaking) industry, and therefore shows potential as a low-cost ingredient for wound treatment products.”
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In a Mini, Hanging Macrame Garden
Make your own macrame and hang small plants growing in painted eggshells! So cute!
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Brew Them With Coffee Grounds
Sound strange, right? But this is something that many coffee connoisseurs have been doing for centuries! The alkaline nature of the eggshells help to balance and cut the bitterness out of acidic coffee grounds. Everything you need to know is in the blog below!
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As a Mini Canvas
Use eggs shells as a tiny canvas for your next micro-masterpiece!
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Keep Tomatoes Growing Healthy
Do your tomatoes tend to get the blackened, watery ends towards the end of the growing season? It can seem as though the plant has a type of disease, but it is actually something that is due to a calcium deficiency in the soil. And what has calcium? You guessed it! Eggshells! If you aren’t already using eggshells in your soil (as in the eggshell and coffee method above) adding eggshells to the soil around your tomato plants will help to prevent blossom-end rot in the future!
Tea Light Candle Holders
Eggshell candles make simple and lovely tea light candle holders!
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Start your new seeds in calcium rich eggshells!
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As a Shadow Lamp
Etch out a design and project it onto the wall!
Make Eggshell Toothpaste
There is growing evidence that the minerals in eggshells can help the minerals on your teeth, they are constructed similarly, after all. This blog has a recipe for making your own toothpaste using ground up eggshells. This is particularly helpful for the blogger because the alkalinity of the eggshells help with the high acidity associated with sickness. People who have regular acid reflux would also likely benefit from this! It may help build back strong enamel. Plus this recipe uses coconut oil, which is a great natural whitener. I did not see mention in the blog about not rinsing this mixture down the sink, but I wouldn’t recommend it, personally. Coconut oil solidifies at certain temperatures and you wouldn’t want it clogging up your drains!
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As Easter Ornaments
Create these adorable Easter ornaments using your old eggshells!
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To Boost Water For Houseplants
Drop shells into a mason jar or other storage and cover with boiling water. Let the mixture cool down and keep the eggs soaking until you water your houseplants again! This will add an extra boost of nutrients to your water and help your plants grow and look great!
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To Make Fairy Lights
Create beautiful, glowing bulbs out of your leftover eggshells!
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As a Succulent Garden
Grow your favorite, sun loving succs in eggshells for a fabulous and adorable display!
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Growing Crystal Geodes
Use the curved eggshells to grow crystals that look like real geodes. So cool!
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Sharpen Blender Blades
Use eggshells as a quick and easy way to keep the blades on your blender sharp! Simply run them through and then use the egg pieces in composting!
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To Make Seed Bombs
These are ADORABLE! This blogger uses the seed bombs as an alternative Easter gift. You clear out the egg inside very carefully and replace the insides with wildflower seeds. The idea is that the person receiving the gift can throw these seed bombs into areas of their yard or in nature that they think could use some brightening up! This would also be fun to do as a family on a nature walk… possibly dressed as fairies. Why not?!
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To Treat Skin Irritations
Place eggshells into a small container of apple cider vinegar and leave it alone for a couple of days. Afterwards, you can use this mixture for minor skin irritations. Just dab it on!
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To Make Your Own Sidewalk Chalk
Make your own sidewalk chalk using eggshells. So cool!
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In a Compost Pile
Do you compost?! People are often unsure on whether or not eggshells can be composted in a general bin. The answer is yes!
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For a Special Easter Egg Surprise
These are mini cakes made into real eggshells! How adorable!
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To Make Your Own Calcium Supplements
Here are instructions for making your own calcium-rich supplements! Once again, please remember to make sure that you know and trust the source of your eggs prior to doing this!
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To Make A Mosaic Picture Frame
Looking for something to do with your Easter Egg shells? They are already colored… so this would be perfect!
To Make a Mineral Boosting Water
Get an extra boost of minerals by making this mineral water for sipping on!
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For Garden Pest Control
Use equal amounts of eggshell powder and baking soda to help keep pests out of the garden! The eggshells will not only add calcium (as we stated above) but it also helps to prevent slugs and beetles from getting too cozy in your garden. The addition of baking soda is perfect for avoiding the growth of mildew and fungus in the soil. Simply sprinkle it at the base of your plant and you are good to go!
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If you don’t like the style of placing pre-made tea light candles into an eggshell, you can also pour wax and a wick directly into an egg for another beautiful and dainty candle idea!
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Tightening Your Skin
This facial mask uses the egg white and finely ground eggshell to help tighten the skin on your face! Additional benefits include the slightly abrasive quality of the eggshell for some gentle exfoliating and the membrane of the eggshell (make sure to leave it before grinding the shell) can help to promote healthy new cell growth. It’s killing 3 birds with one stone!
Cleaning Scorched Food From Pots and Pans
Grind down your eggshells to a fine powder and sprinkle on the burn marks you need to clean off of your pots and pans. Use your average kitchen sponge to rub the powder against the burn marks until clean. It’s that simple!
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Colored Flower Vases
Dainty vases for an Easter or Spring time table decoration could be just the ticket!
As Paint Bombs!
This paint bomb craft project is so fun! Let out some steam or just have a fun, messy time with your little ones!
We looked at ornaments for Easter, but you can also make adorable Christmas ornaments using eggshells in the same way!