12 Weird but Amazing Uses of Eggshells
Eggs have become a staple in the contemporary kitchen. They can be cooked a ton of different ways for breakfast, they can be boiled, they’re mixed into baked goods, and they’re essential to numerous recipes. There are undoubtedly a lot of uses for eggs, but who is to say that those uses have to stop at the yolk and egg white? Actually, who is to say the uses have to even stop at the physical egg?
Before you go throwing out all of your eggshells you might want to consider giving this article a look-over. It turns out the uses for eggs aren’t restricted to culinary measures. As a matter of fact, there are surprising amount of ways that you can use the shells of your eggs to improve your daily life. On top of that, the cartons that eggs come can be quite useful as well.
It seems far fetched, but it’s actually a really simple and interesting concept. Eggshells are a compact concentration of calcium carbonate. Their mineral makeup is the main reason they can be used in many facets of life other than cooking. The following natural life hacks are great ways to live an efficient life and becoming an ally of mother nature with the concepts of reduce, reuse and recycle.
1. Uncover baby-soft skin in seconds
Freshen up your skin with this inexpensive mask: Finely crush one or two eggshells, whisk together with one egg white, and apply all over your face. Let dry, then rinse with warm water. The gently abrasive shells will buff away the dry, dead skin that's hiding your natural glow. Plus, the eggshells' calcium will promote cell regeneration and help even out your complexion. The result: soft, radiant skin after a single use!
2. Treat Skin Irritations
Drop an eggshell into a small container of apple cider vinegar and let it soak for a couple of days. Dab the mixture on minor skin irritations or on itchy skin.
3. Relieve dry, peeling cuticles
Is the skin around your fingernails dry and peeling? The remedy: Break off a couple pieces of eggshell with the membrane attached. Then tape the shells, membrane side down, to problem areas until the shells begin to feel dry. Eggshell membranes contain healing nutrients like hyaluronan, so your rough, peeling cuticles will be healthy and soft by the next day.
4. Natural Stain Remover
One of the many different uses of the eggshell is as a natural stain remover. Removing coffee or juice stains can be a very daunting task, and if you do not want to use any synthetic cleaner (which although is toxic, tends to be more efficient), then you can easily make your own natural stain remover at home, with some grounded up eggshells. Carefully smash the shells, sprinkle them over the stain, add some warm water and allow the eggshells to work their magic by absorbing the stain.
5. Great Garden Fertilizer
The high calcium content present in the eggshells is perfect not just for making a natural supplement, but also for fertilizing your garden – if you want your veggies and plants to thrive, then simply crush the eggshells and sprinkle into every hole prior to planting the seedlings. Then you can store the remaining eggshells, crush them and sprinkle them over the ground occasionally, preferably twice a month.
6. Pest Control
Crush eggshells and scatter them around your vegetables and flowers to fend off slugs, snails, and cutworms. These soft-bodied critters don’t like crawling over sharp pieces of shell. The smell of eggs will also deter deer.
7. Effective Cat Deterrent
If cats are bothering you by destroying your garden, place egg shells at their frequently visit places and you will never see a cat in your garden again.
8. Use the Grounded Eggshells as a Supplement for Your Chickens
Chickens need a lot of calcium for laying tasty eggs with thick shells, so why not give them a “taste of their own medicine”? Simply crush or powder the egg shells and add a bit of them to their regular food. This will boost their nutrient intake!
9. Feed Them to the Birds
You can easily add some carefully crushed eggshells to the seeds and place them in the feeder, for all the birds to eat it – the extra calcium boost will particularly benefit the females, as they usually require more calcium than the male birds.
10. Add Them to Compost
Eggshells are rich in calcium along with other nutrients plants like. One medium sized eggshell each holds about 750 to 800 mg of calcium. Crush or grind them up and then add them to your compost pile.
11. Whiten Your Clothes with Eggshells
Crush some eggshells, combine them with several lemon slices and put them in a cloth bag along with all your clothes in the washing machine. Your white clothes will stay white for longer!
12. Natural Drain Cleaner
Keep a couple of crushed eggshells in your kitchen sink strainer at all times. They trap additional solids and they gradually break up and help to naturally clean your pipes on their way down the drain.
Compiled by Manizheh Soleimani Fard
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