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Smart Reasons You Should Be Keeping Your Eggshells

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A couple of summers ago I bought a composter to keep in my garden. I looked up a list of kitchen scraps that I could add to my compost, and one of the items that caught my eye was eggshells! We go through a lot of eggs at our house, so I knew I already had a steady source of eggshells that I could add to my bins. So I started keeping empty eggshells in a container on my countertop, so I could easily add the shells to my compost once the container was full.

But seeing those eggshells on my countertop everyday got me thinking about what else I might be able to do with them. After some internet research, I realized that adding eggshells to compost was just the tip of the iceberg! There are plenty of useful things you can do with them, and I’ll be sharing a few of the best ones with you today. 🙂 But before we get to that, you’ll need to know how to prep your eggshells so they are clean and safe to use.

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1. Nourishing Face Mask
Pulverize dried egg shells with a mortar and pestle (or in a blender), then whisk the powder in with an egg white and use for a healthful, skin-tightening facial. Allow the face mask to dry before rinsing it off.

2. Treat Skin Irritations
Drop an eggshell right into a small container of apple cider vinegar and allow it soak for a couple of days. Dab the mixture on minor pores and skin irritations or on itchy skin.

3. Powerful Cleaner
Ground eggshells make a exceptional, non-poisonous abrasive for the ones difficult-to-smooth pots and pans. Mix them with a bit soapy water for a effective smooth.

You can also use eggshells to easy your hummingbird feeders! These feeders can get crusty and hard-to-clean in the event that they aren’t cleaned regularly. First, rinse it out with warm water. Then add a few overwhelmed egg shells, fill half way with water, and shake. The shells act as an abrasive, casting off mildew or other constructed-up gunk. Rinse properly before re-filling with hummingbird meals. (You can also use this technique to easy slim packing containers like your favorite thermos!)

4. Garden Helper
Eggshells are rich in calcium and different minerals that assist your garden thrive, that’s why they make a amazing fertilizer! Crush a few eggshells into tiny portions and sprinkle into each hollow earlier than planting. Then, sprinkle additional shells across the base of your plants each weeks.

Eggshells also can help deter common lawn pests like slugs, snails, or even stray cats! Just crush a few eggshells and scatter them round your greens and plants. The texture of the shells will assist maintain might-be garden pests at bay.

5. Start Some Seedlings
Fill an egg carton with empty, rinsed eggshell halves and poke a hole in every one for drainage. Then add potting soil and one or two seeds to each shell. When the seedlings are big sufficient for transplanting out of doors, simply crack the shell at the bottom and plant them, shell and all.

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