After fixing yourself some scrambled eggs or if you’ve used some eggs to bake a cake, you may have instinctively reached your hand towards the trash can to drop the eggshells in there. Hold on! Don't throw away the eggshells: you can recycle and reuse them in many beneficial ways. If you take full advantage of this and other components of your kitchen, you could achieve a more sustainable life.
The eggshell, which you have probably been throwing away until now, is made up of essential minerals such as zinc, phosphorus, manganese, iron, and, mainly, 90% calcium, an essential mineral for bones, teeth, the cardiovascular system and other organs. It can be used as a natural beauty ingredient and even as a plant fertilizer.
If you’d like to be more environmentally friendly, perhaps you’ve heard about the Zero Waste philosophy. Its followers work for the conservation of all the natural resources in many ways: responsible production, sensible consumption, reuse and recovery of products, packaging, and materials, all without burning items and avoiding discharges to the land, water, or air that can threaten the environment or human health. Eggshells are one of the most common wastes that can be easily reused.
Before using the shells, it’s a good idea to make sure they’re clean and free from bacteria. For that purpose, rinse the shells inside and out, making sure to remove any residue or membrane that may be stuck to the inside. Then boil the shells, dry them, and take them to the oven on medium heat for 10 minutes. Crush until powdery and use.
1. Eggshell exfoliating and nourishing mask
For radiant skin, mix 2 teaspoons of eggshell powder with 1 white. Apply on previously clean and dry face. Leave on for 15 minutes and remove with plenty of warm water. Repeat once a week.
2. Nail Strengthener
If your nails are slow to grow or are a little brittle, put 1/4 teaspoon of powder in cruelty-free polish and paint your nails as usual.
3. Ally in the garden and natural fertilizer
Use the eggshell as a natural fertilizer by adding the eggshell powder to the soil once a month. It protects plants and flowers from possible pests such as slugs and snails.
4. Stops toothache
One of the many useful uses for eggshells is using it to stop a toothache. Just place a clove on a sore tooth or gum and it helps to stop the pain until you can seek out dental treatment.
5. Powerful cleaner
The components in eggshells make them a powerful cleaner. To benefit from this ability, you can mix the eggshell powder with any cleaner that you use and make the most of its abrasive properties. Among its many uses, it’ll come in handy to clean pots and pans that have harsh stains.
6. Seeds breeder
You can start your own garden with the help of eggshells! Fill an egg carton with empty eggshell halves and delicately poke a hole in each one of them for drainage. Add potting soil and one or two seeds of aromatic plants to each shell. When they start to grow, you can transplant them to the ground, including the shell, which will boost their growth with its nutrients.
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