What do you usually have for breakfast? Eggs or something made with eggs? One average family consumes 2 dozen eggs per week and when cooking with eggs we all throw the eggshell in the garbage. But wait! 

Read these ideas on how to use the eggshells in your garden or home and next time when you will be making omelette for your family save the eggshells and be creative.

Besides the decoration you can use the eggshell as a calcium supplement for your pet or you and even use it as a fertilizer for the plants. You can also remove the coffee bitterness with a powdered eggshell if you add it in the coffee before cooking it; and all that in natural and organic way in the comfort of your home.

Try these interesting eggshell hacks and have fun!

  1. Candles in the eggshell.

For these candles you will need:

– Beeswax (8 ounces)

– 4 tablespoons olive oil

– Toothpicks

– Wick (as longer as better)

– Chrome nuts (to keep the wick down instead of floating) and

– Clean eggshells.

Preparation: Empty the eggshells and make sure they are clean and dry before you use them as a container for the wax. Then prepare the wick. On one end of the wick, tie the chrome nut and on the other a toothpick. Put the end with the chrome nut at the bottom of the eggshell and the end with the toothpick place it horizontally over the upper edge of the eggshell.

Next, put the eggshell in a cup or any other pot which can be also handmade or you can use an egg cup as a holder for the eggshell candles. You can make as many as you want.

Then, melt the beeswax and olive oil in a microwave. Mix them together and let it cool just a little bit. Now fill the eggshells with the mixture and let them cool. When the wax is hard, remove the toothpick and cut the wick about one centimeter above the wax level.

Finally light up the eggshell candles and enjoy! You can add couple of drops of any essential oil to the wax and decorate the eggshells if you want. It’s up to you and your creativity. Maybe you will let your children to express themselves and their art talents on the eggshell candles.

  1. Fairy lights in an eggshell

For these magical and romantic lights you will need:

– A string of fairy lights (LED because they don’t heat the eggshell and prevent cracks from the heat)

– Hot glue gun and

– Eggshells.

Preparation: Take a sewing needle and make a hole in the egg big enough to fit the tiny bulb from the fairy light string. Then, drain the egg yolk and egg white in a bowl from as much eggs as you want but don’t throw it away. You can use it for a cake, pancakes or any other meal which contains eggs. When the eggshells are completely empty, wash them with water and leave them to get dry.

When the eggshells are ready place the small light bulbs through the holes in the eggshells and secure them with the glue. Wait for 5 minutes for the glue to get dry and then turn on the lights.

This can be a great decoration for Easter in your garden or home. You can also paint the eggshells in order to get lights in different colors.

  1. Eggshell seed starters and planters.

For these mini, eco planters you will need:

– Garden soil and

– Eggshells

Preparation: Make sure that the eggshells are dry and clean. Poke a small hole at the bottom of the eggshell for drainage. Then you can fill them with fertile garden soil. Before you fill them with soil you can add a piece of cotton at the bottom of an eggshell for better drainage. Now you can plant some herbs or very decorative succulents. Keep them upright in sunny places. Don’t forget to water them regularly.

  1. Toothpaste from eggshells powder

You can make your own toothpaste at home using just 3 ingredients:

– Baking soda

– Coconut oil and

– Eggshell powder

Baking soda is a compound of the toothpaste which is used for whitening the teeth and helps in removing the stains and plaque. Organic coconut oil as part of this toothpaste is responsible for removing the bacteria from the mouth and maintains the oral health. Organic eggshell powder is rich in calcium carbonate and more than 25 other minerals that help in the process of mineralization of teeth.

Preparation: First, in order to make eggshell powder you need to boil the eggs and take off the peels. Then put them in the oven for dehydration before you pestle it in a wooden mortar until you get fine powder.

Take two tablespoons of the eggshell powder and mix it with 2 teaspoons of baking soda. Add 1 tablespoon of coconut oil and mix it well. You can add 2 drops of peppermint essential oil if you want your toothpaste to have better taste. Use it in the same way as you always brush your teeth.

  1. Remove pests from your garden with eggshell powder

This mixture will keep the bugs and slugs away from your garden and protect the spinach. Additionally, your tomatoes will blossom due to the calcium from the eggshells in the soil.

Ingredients:  Eggshell powder and Baking soda

Preparation: Mix these 2 components in equal amounts in a jar and just sprinkle it around the soil in the garden. Repeat this after a heavy rain and every time it is necessary.

  1. Eggshell as a scourer

This way you can easily clean scorched pans and pots from your kitchen. All you need is just to put some eggshell powder on a household sponge and scrub the burned pots and pans. Wash them with dish soap afterwards.

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