For years we’ve heard about the health benefits of eating eggs. Eggs are a cheap, versatile source of protein, and we’ve scrambled, poached, baked and whipped them into everything from soups to custards. But what about the eggshell?
If you did not know, the shell is one of the most amazing engineering designs that nature could have created.
Studies suggest that we may be missing out on a valuable source of calcium when we toss out eggshells. In addition to the nutritional benefits eggshells provide, we’ve found a variety of uses for them, both in the garden and around the home.
Here are 7 of the most common and efficient uses of eggshells:
To whiten clothes
Yes, you read it right. We know that you would not have any problem in locating bleach for this household task.
However, you can get a much more natural alternative with eggshells.
Simply wrap it in a tightly closed gauze and put it inside the washer to whiten your clothes. It’s perfect to get stains out of your clothes.
Pest and animal controller
If rodents, snails, or even cats have your nerves on edge because they destroy your beloved lawn, eggshells will give you the solution instantly.
You just have to crush them and spread them around your garden. You will notice how, little by little, the pests will disappear and stop bothering you.
In some parts of the world, the egg whites and egg yolks are carefully removed from the egg through a very tiny hole, and the remaining eggshell is used for creating Easter or Christmas decorations. This is a great, efficient and cost-effective way to make decorations, especially if you are a crafty person.
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 of potting soil 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.
Clean your house with them
Ground eggshells make a wonderful (and nontoxic!) abrasive for those tough-to-clean pots, pans, and thermoses. Mix them with a little soapy water for a powerful clean.
Start some seedlings
Fill an egg carton with empty, rinsed eggshell halves and poke a hole in each one for drainage. Then add potting soil and one or two seeds to each shell. When the seedlings are big enough for transplanting outside, just crack the shell at the bottom and plant them, shell and all. It’s biodegradable!
As a nutrient for plants
The beneficial nutrients of eggs are not only for humans.
Following a fairly simple method, eggshells function as an emitter of various nutrients to plants.
You will only need a glass container, warm water, eggshells, and little sunlight.
With these ingredients, you will create a highly effective cocktail to care for plants.
Water your plants with this water for 10 or 15 minutes to nourish them and strengthen your garden.