Post by Contributing Writer, Katie
Oh, egg shells, I just can’t get enough of them! They are so useful that I had to share some more tips on ways to use them. Not only are egg shells beneficial to your health but you can use them around the “homestead”, for crafts and cleaning too!
If you missed out last month, be sure to check out Part 1 to find out how to use egg shells to improve the nutrition and taste of your food.
Sprinkle crumbled egg shells in the garden around plants to prevent pests from crawling up the plants and eating them. As they break down they add beneficial minerals and nutrients to the soil.
Add eggshells to your compost; over time as they break down they will add minerals to your soil. It is better to add crumbled eggs shells because they take a long time to break down; the smaller the egg shells are, the quicker they will decompose.
House Plant Booster
Put crushed eggshells in a jar of water. Leave it for three to four days and then remove the shells. Use the water to feed your house plants and give them a nutritious boost.
Calcium for Chickens
Feeding crumbled eggshells to your chickens provides a great benefit to their health. The calcium they get from eating eggshells produces strong shells. Some people say you need to thoroughly rinse and dry them before crumbling and feeding to your chickens so that they don’t get a taste for their eggs. Others don’t even wash them; they just crush and feed them to their chickens.
This is a fun idea that I haven’t tried out yet. You place rinsed egg shell halves in an egg carton, fill with soil and plant two seeds. Once your seedlings are large enough to replant, gently break a few pieces of the shell away from the bottom of the plant. Place the whole thing in the ground or pot, and your shell will add nutrients to the soil as it breaks down.
When you have a pan that is hard to clean, sprinkle ground eggshells in the bottom of the pan. Then add a little warm soapy water and you have a non-toxic abrasive cleaner that should remove all the scum.
You can make a mosaic with the eggshells from your dyed Easter eggs. Here is a fun craft to do with your kids!
Did you know you can make your own side walk chalk out of eggshells? Neither did I! I can’t wait to make this with my girls some time!
What are your ideas for using eggshells?
Katie is a dorm “mama” to 12 amazing girls ages 8 to 18 at a home and school for the Deaf in Baja California, Mexico. She and her “hijas” can be frequently found in the kitchen, the garden or making friends with their new chickens. She loves to read, hike the hills near her home and spend time with her girls. In her spare time Katie blogs at Mexican Wildflower about nourishing foods, herbal remedies, simple living, raising her girls and encouraging other women in their walk with Christ.