11 Surprising Uses for Eggshells (Slideshow)


Most of the time, eggshells end up in the trash or compost, and that’s certainly reasonable. After all, how could something so delicate be useful? Well, you’d be surprised! From amazing food creations to amazingly bright whites, click through to check out some fantastic ways to use eggshells.

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1. Prevent Drain Clogs. Some crushed eggshells are a great way to prevent clogs. Keep some in the drain strainer — as they eventually break up they’ll naturally clean the pipes. They’ll also help prevent solids from making their way down there in the first place!

2. Clean the Garbage Disposal. By the same token, eggshells will help get rid of grease and food buildup in your garbage disposal. Run some through to clean it up.

3. Use as a DIY Scouring Powder. Put some crushed eggshells on a stained surface along with some dish soap, and clean it up with a sponge. If you’re cleaning something with a (secure!) lid, you can add some crushed eggshells and fill it almost to the top with cold water. Shake, shake, shake and marvel at the results!

4. Whiten Clothes. Hate the way your whites turn gray? Toss some eggshells in a cheesecloth bag in the washer along with your whites.

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5. Sweeten Coffee. No, really! Put some crushed eggshells in the coffee filter to cut down on that bitterness. Who needs sugar anyway?

6. Make “golden” chocolate-filled easter eggs! Delicious and pretty —  just in time for easter! Click here for detailed instructions.

7…. Or Try This Custard-Filled Recipe. Or cupcakes. Or brownies. They all look mighty tasty, and, these recipes sure seem like a great way to test how your strong your motor skills are!

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8. Fertilize, Fertilize, Fertilize. Crushed eggshells are packed with calcium and other minerals, so they are a fabulous compost in your garden.

9. Pest Control. Slugs, snails and even deer aren’t big fans of eggshells — scatter then around the garden to deter those pesky pests.

10. Get Your Tomato Plants in Tip-top Shape. Tomatoes can get blossom-end rot as a result of a calcium deficiency. You know what’s full of calcium? Eggshells! Put some at the bottom of the hole when you’re transplanting them to prevent it.

11. Feed Your Indoor Plants. Place some eggshells and tepid water in a lidded container in a cool, dark place. Let it sit for a few days before watering.

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Anne K.
Anne K.1 years ago

Thank you!

Wisteria K.
Past Member 1 years ago

It sounds to good to be true. Eggshells make my laundry whiter? Hmmm
I will try it out.

Spring Green
.1 years ago

Whiten my clothes with the shells. Great idea.

Jeannet Bertelink


Miss Rose
Past Member 1 years ago

Yes, keep eating and using eggs! Who cares about male chicks being ground up alive, right?


Shake my head... Humans are hopeless.

Carole R.
Carole R.1 years ago

Thanks for the ideas.

Lara Klymus
Lara K.1 years ago

Great, thanks!

Karen R.
Karen Ryan1 years ago

My father's plumber said never put eggshells down the garbage disposal.

Leanne B.
Leanne B.1 years ago

Some tips I do already and I see a few I didn't know. Thanks for posting.

Barbara Conover
Barbara Conover1 years ago

missed the #1 use! Add them to birdfeeders in the late winter and spring! - due to pesticide use songbird eggs are thinner and thinner. The mama bird will actually leach calcium from her own bones to create the eggs. Songbirds need the extra calcium during egg-laying season.
I do not eat a lot of eggs, so I wash, dry and crush all my shells into jars and distribute to my bird-feeding friends.