Egg Shell Uses

I want to share some things you can use egg shells for. First, I rinse my shells (after cracking them open for meals) and place them on an aluminum pan on top of my toaster.


Push down the toaster knob and let the heat come up and dry the shells in the pan.

Then I crush them up and use them mixed into my birdseed in my bird feeders (or in poultry feed, if you raise any poultry or even for pet birds). Birds NEED the calcium for their digestive processing in their gizzards and to produce their own eggs!

I also crush them up in potting soil for my flower pots or in my flower/garden beds for the natural calcium boost it gives them when it breaks down.

Or don't crush up the shells after you crack them open. Instead, add a few teaspoons of soil into each 1/2 egg shell and drop in a seed or two for some indoor plants/flowers. Great project for children to do!

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October 22, 20140 found this helpful

These are great ideas, and I would be interested in others if someone else has some ideas. Good topic.
I do have to relate a problem that I had recently. I crushed my egg shells and placed them around my rose bushes. My dog kept making a beeline for them, and I didn't get them up in time before she finally got to them and ate them. They really messed her stomach up, and she had bloody stools for days.
So, my main take-away from all this is that I will mix the finely crushed egg shells with potting soil before I place them on anything outside.

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October 22, 20140 found this helpful

I keep a jar on the kitchen counter and after I rinse the shells and let them dry a day on the windowsill I put them in the jar and use the thick end of a butter knife to smash them up, after it is getting full I put some in our compost, some in my roses, and some in my houseplants. No problem with my 2 dogs, maybe because the shells are smashed well. Linda

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October 23, 20140 found this helpful

Sorry about your dogs! Make sure you rinse them, perhaps with vinegar to deter them. I have cats and actually add the shells to my little flower garden to DETER them from using the soil as a litter box.

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October 26, 20140 found this helpful

I crush the shells kind of coarsely and sprinkle around plants that are having snail issues. If the nasty creatures try to cross over the eggshells the sharp edges slice up their evil little bodies.

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November 28, 20140 found this helpful

After smashing the shells put them in a jar and add water. When it stinks that's the time to add the contents to the garden.

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