When you have backyard chickens, you are going to get eggs. When you have eggs, you are going to get eggshells. You may be wondering “What can I do with eggshells?” Sure, you can compost them, and that is a great idea.
Most people will toss eggshells into the compost pile without another thought. Don’t throw away eggshells, use them! There are lots of ways to reuse eggshells around the house.
Reuse eggshells to clean away burnt food from your pans. When you have a burnt on mess that is hard to clean, eggshells can help! Crush the eggshells into a cloth, and use them to scrub away. This works great on cast iron or stainless steel. Avoid doing this with pans that have non stick coating.
Reuse eggshells in your vermicomposting. Worms love them! Egg shells provide extra calcium and they compost quickly, creating great, nutrient dense compost for your garden and seedlings. Worms love them!
Clean your garbage disposal. The shells help to loosen any grease or grime caught in the disposal, while lessening the smell. Simply add 3-4 eggshells to the disposal, run the water, and turn on. Follow with a discarded lemon rind to further cut grease and grime.
***update- some are saying this may not be a good idea, that they have seen garbage disposals get clogged up with eggshells. So, use your best judgement and caution with this idea***
Give them to your tomatoes. Tomatoes need calcium to grow, and eggshells are a great way to give it to them. Simply add half an eggshell to the hole where you are going to place the tomato plant, cover with a bit of dirt, then add the plant. As the shell composts, the tomato plant will get the nutrients it needs. This is a great way to help avoid blossom end rot.
(for other ideas to avoid blossom end rot, read this post here)
Start your garden seedlings. Eggshells are great seed starters. Just wash them carefully, add dirt and then the seed. When you are ready to plant your seedling, the shell goes right into the ground and will compost away, while providing calcium for your seedlings. This is perfect for tomatoes, basil, rosemary and other herbs.
Make your own candles. Pour melted beeswax, then add a wick and a couple drops of essential oils and you have a perfectly usable candle! To burn the candle, set it on a heatproof surface before lighting. When the wax is gone, simply compost the shell or refill and make a new candle!
Feed them back to your hens! Eggshells are a great source of calcium for hens. Crush up the shells a bit before giving them back to the hens or you risk turning a hen into an egg eater. Our girls get most of their egg shells back, and we have not had any issues with calcium deficiency. It’s much cheaper than buying oyster shell supplements too. To give your hens the eggshells, it’s best to rinse and crush them up first.
Add to your broth as it’s simmering. Place 2-3 eggshells in with your bone broth ingredients. The eggshell benefits include adding some extra calcium. There is no bad flavor added, and it is easy to do. Some have suggested that adding eggshells to simmering broth can help clarify it as well.
Make your own calcium citrate Did you know that many people are calcium deficient? It’s true. Our bodies need calcium to process proteins, and with so many of us eating lots of protein, calcium supplements are often needed.(get the recipe here).
Add to coffee...what an interesting idea! This apparently helps to clarify and settle the grounds, making for a perfect cup of joe. I think we will try this idea next time we are camping and making coffee over the campfire. This would make cowboy coffee much better without the grounds in the cup!
The benefits of egg shells goes way beyond compost. These 10 ways to reuse eggshells are sure to spark some creativity for yourself, too! What are some ways you reuse your eggshells? Be sure to pin this for later!