This is a guest post by Danika Scevers.
Let’s face it – silly “eggspresions” aside, Easter season just wouldn’t be complete without the humble chicken egg. Christians have been decorating eggs for the holiday since the 13th century; people have been dyeing eggs to celebrate spring since 3000 B.C.E. In 2015, CNN reported that Americans were “eggspected” to purchase 180 million eggs for dyeing and decorating! And according to the American Egg Board, that same year the average person consumed one-and-a-half DOZEN eggs Easter weekend. Really. Here are 7 ideas for leftover Easter eggshells.
That’s a LOT of eggs – and a lot of egg trash. But wait! Before you throw out all those broken eggshells (or compost them, if you’re into that), consider the following 7 ways to get the most fun and use out of your “eggcellent” leftovers! (Okay, no more egg puns, I promise!)
7 Ideas for Leftover Easter Eggshells
1. Clean the House
Ground eggshells are a great – and nontoxic! – abrasive for particularly tough to clean kitchen utensils and appliances. Mix into a paste with baking soda and water and let set before wiping for sticky or greasy messes, or add it to a little soapy water for a powerful, scrubby clean. They’re also great for other challenging messes – try this homemade bathtub cleaner, or put a few ground eggshells in your kitchen sink strainer to trap solids and naturally clean your pipes as the shells break down.
2. Edible Calcium Powder
You can use it in smoothies, yogurt, baked goods, and more! Note that while this article for edible calcium powder recommends using eggs from chickens that haven’t eaten soy, you can technically use any old eggshells and they’ll work just fine.
That eggshell calcium powder you just made? Use it in place of the calcium powder in this recipe for homemade toothpaste!
4. Get Crafty with Confetti Eggs
I played with these confetti eggs all the time growing up – they originate in a Mexican tradition called cascarones, and they are a completely safe, fun, and potentially (depending on your filling) biodegradable way for kids to prank their parents (or adults to prank each other!) Alternatives to confetti: glitter, birdseed, rice, and even paint, if you’ll be using them sooner rather than later (if you’re going to smash these on people, though, make sure the paint is nontoxic and easily washable!).
5. Skin Care
This recipe for a facial scrub with leftover eggshells is super simple, cheap, and effective. It can also be used all over the body for a gentle, emollient, exfoliating treat.
6. Garden Pest Protection
In a lot of folklore, eggshells are associated with protection from spirits and bad luck, which probably stems from their effectiveness saving crops as a natural alternative to pesticides. To ward off your own bad luck, crush your eggshells into small shards and sprinkle them around your garden and planters to deter pests such as slugs, snails, and cutworms. As an added bonus, as the shells breakdown they’ll help fertilize your soil!
Allegedly, the smell of eggs will also deter deer; I live in an urban area and can’t vouch for this one, but if you try it I’d love to know the results!
7. Seed Starters
Poke a small hole in the bottom of clean, mostly intact eggshells, then add potting soil. Make a small indent in the soil with your finger, add 1-2 seeds per shell, and cover with a little more soil and water. When the seeds are sprouted, you can crack the bottom of the shells and transplant them to your garden, or keep them inside and arrange them on a small rock or sand garden for a space-efficient – and lovely – piece of home décor.
Danika is a nutritionist by day and a homebody and blogger by night. She loves hiking, baking, candles, and drinking unreasonable amounts of tea. She currently lives in Seattle, Washington with her tiny cat and soulmate, Roman. You can find her on Instagram here.