The Many Ways to Use Eggshells

Rebecca Flad    How To

Most of us see our eggshells as garbage. We simply crack open a few eggs, let the containments fall onto a pan, toss the eggshells into the garbage and go about our day. Little did you know, you can do so many things with those eggshells, and they’re all organic. And believe it or not, there are dozens of ways you can put your old eggshells to good use. Here are our favorite ways to use eggshells!

how to use eggshells

Animals Eat Too

Do you have a farm or own chickens? Maybe you’re supplementing their calcium intake with some over-the-counter feed or supplements. It’s an even better idea to feed them crushed eggshells. Simply crush them fine enough for consumption and watch them grow strong. Here’s an article on exactly how you can start feeding eggshells to your chickens.

Bye Bye Pests

Eggshells are a major pest to small, soft-bodied creatures such as snails or slugs. It’s a burden for them to try and crawl over any eggshell pieces. They’re too sharp, edgy and pointy, so it’s not worth it for those critters. Even deer can’t stand the smell!

Amp Up Your Compost

Generously toss some eggshells into your compost pile to add some calcium into your home0grown soil. It’s an organic and easy way to amp up your compost pile and increase its fertilization.

Got Seeds?

In case you didn’t know by now, eggshells are biodegradable. This makes them ideal for soil and seedlings. If you’ve got some small seedlings lying around, consider popping them into a few eggshells. Once you’re seedlings increase in size, they can easily be transported to a proper soil pile and garden. Be sure to poke a hole at the bottom of the eggshells for proper drainage.

using eggshells on soil

Calcium-ize Your Soil

Even if you don’t have a compost pile or tumbler, you can still add some eggshells directly into your soil. All of the surrounding plants will receive a calcium boost. This is especially ideal for tomatoes to prevent rot caused by low calcium levels.

storing eggshells

Water Soluble Calcium

Ideal organic gardens are created by balancing proper calcium levels. This can be made possible by making your own water soluble calcium with eggshells. Making this solution requires items you can find at home and is fairly easy to accomplish. Once you’ve made your batch, you can transport the contents into a spray bottle and spray away.

eggshells in coffee

Eggshell Coffee

You can boil crushed eggshells into your coffee grounds. It may sound odd, but people have been doing it for a very long time. Before you brew your coffee, try adding eggshells into your coffee grounds pile and see what the outcome is. It typically helps reduce bitterness and sour tastes. If you’re not sure whether or not that sounds good, give it a try in your next cup.

eggshells for calcium

Calcium Boost

If your body is lacking calcium, and you can’t stand the taste of eggs, consider consuming eggshells instead. You won’t actually be consuming the eggshells, but it’s nutrients instead. Allow your eggshells to sit in some water, then pop it into the fridge. After a week or so, the water should be rich with calcium. Add some lemon to the water once the eggshells have been drained to add some good flavor.

eggshells for bird feed

Chirp, Chirp

So many of us take time out of our day to scrape up some food scraps around the house and feed the birds in our neighborhoods. Consider adding some crushed up eggshells to your bird food mix. If you have a bird feeder, pop some crushed eggshells into a dish adjacent to it to add diversity to your bird food. This is ideal for pregnant female birds that can benefit from a calcium boost.

2 responses to “The Many Ways to Use Eggshells”

  1. Feeding Backyard Chickens Organically and Affordably | Growing Organic says:

    […] Crushed Eggshells: Yes, you can feed crushed eggshells to your chickens. It’s actually a great source of calcium for them. Whether you decide to simply crush and serve or bake them in the oven and then crush them, your chickens will enjoy! (Check out this article to find out what else you can do with eggshells) […]

  2. Using Kitchen Scraps in the Garden Even if you Don't Compost | GO says:

    […] We’re sure you’ve noticed by now how much we love eggshells. The couple behind Growing Organic built a chicken coop currently housing a bunch of hens that produce organic eggs. I, on the other hand, get my eggs from local producers, ensuring they are organic, fair-trade and GMO-free. With all of these eggshells lying around, we’re bound to find ways to use eggshells in the garden. […]

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