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(Sorry for the punny title, but it’s practically unavoidable.)

 

With Easter just two weeks away, there will be many a dozen eggs bought and used for coloring eggs, making devilled eggs and decorating blown out eggs. With all of those eggs come a lot of egg shells. Instead of discarding the egg shells resulting from this year’s festivities, consider reusing them in fun, decorative and practical ways around your house.

 

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How to reuse egg shells

 

To decorate

Mini flower arrangement. Leave it to Martha to come up with such a cool idea like this. Makes a sweet and simple table centerpiece. 

 

Votive candles. This one take a little more effort and craftiness, but if you can pull it off, these eggshell votives would be a nice addition to your Easter decor. 

 

In the garden & around the house

Slug and snail deterrent. Crush up eggshells and sprinkle them around the base of plants in your yard and garden to help prevent snails and slugs. The idea is that these soft-bodied creatures will not slither over the sharp eggshells.

 

Plant food. Mix together dried coffee grounds and dried, crushed eggshells and add to potted and outdoor plants as a boost of nutrients.

 

Plant water. After making hard boiled eggs, use the cooled leftover water to water your plants. Plants will benefit from the extra eggshell nutrients leached into the water.

 

Seedling planters. Start new seeds in an eggshell. When the seedling is too big, you can replant the whole thing in your garden.

 

Compost. Add eggshells to your compost pile. Simple!

 

Bird feed. Sounds strange, but true. Bake at 250 degrees until dry (not brown), crumble and set out for the birds.

 

Calcium for dogs. Eggshells provide an excellent source of calcium. When prepared properly, eggshells are a great addition to your dog’s diet.

 

Clean vases. When broken into small pieces, eggshells can work wonders on cleaning items with caked on grime in hard to reach places, like vases. Also works well with a well-used travel coffee mug. Add crushed up shells, water and dish soap to your vase or coffee mug and shake well.

 

For fun

Eggshell egg heads. The kids will have fun with this idea. Gives you another opportunity to repurpose toilet paper tubes too!

 

Eggshell mosaic. Save the shells from colored Easter eggs for a rainy day project with your kids. They’ll love creating these colorful mosaics.

 

Know how to reuse eggshells in a way that I haven’t listed? Leave a comment and let us know!

Photo by Pink Sherbet Photography.

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Rethink your morning grind

For many of us, drinking coffee is like breathing — you need it to stay alive. With 57% of Americans drinking coffee on a daily basis (National Coffee Association), there’s a whole lot of used coffee grounds floating around out there. Did you know there’s more to used coffee grounds than adding them to your compost pile?

 

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How to reuse old coffee grounds

 

Cleaning. Coffee grounds are abrasive and acidic, which makes them perfect for cleaning caked-on pots and pans and other greasy, grimey household items. Mix used grounds with water and scrub with a brush. Be sure that the item is stain/dye resistant as coffee grounds can leave marks.

 

Insect and pest repellant. Sprinkle used coffee grounds in and around your garden as an eco-friendly way to repel ants, snails and slugs. Coffee grounds mixed with orange peels will also keep cats out of your garden.

 

Deoderizer. Have you ever noticed that some perfume shops have bowls of coffee beans sitting on their shelves? It’s because coffee is a natural deoderizer. To reuse your coffee grounds as a deoderizer, you will need to dry them first. The easiest way is to spread them out on a cookie sheet and let them dry overnight on your countertop. You can then put the dried coffee grounds in a recycled yogurt or butter tub in your freezer or refrigerator (in place of baking soda), or in a sachet to keep cabinet or dresser drawers fresh. Rubbing the dried grounds on your hands also will remove pungent food prep smells. 

 

Dust buster. Cleaning a well-used fireplace can be a disaster! Next time, throw a handful of used, wet coffee grounds over your ashes to prevent stirring up dust.

 

Dye. If you’ve ever owned a white coffee maker, you know that coffee stains. The same holds true for fabric. If you’re looking for a particular shade of tan or brown, try using coffee grounds. Steep the grounds in hot water and then soak fabric or paper in the water to achieve your dye. Or, try creating a pair of vintage-style jeans!

 

Cover furniture scratches. Since coffee stains so nicely, you can steep used grounds in water and then apply a small amount of the liquid to furniture scratches. It’s worth a try before buying costly stain or touch-up paint!

 

Plant food. In addition to adding used coffee grounds to compost, you can also add them directly to the soil of plants that prefer acidic soil.

 

So there you have it. 7 reasons to brew yet another pot tomorrow morning. As if you needed any more!

 

Picture by ballistikcoffeeboy.

 

 

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