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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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One Small Step is one simple idea (delivered to you on Fridays here at repurposeful) that can make a big impact on your family, your budget or the environment (or all three!).  

 

Want to stretch the use of your dish soap? Looking to reuse an empty spray bottle? I have your answers.

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Fill an empty spray bottle (if using a recycled spray bottle, be sure to clean it thoroughly) half full with water. Fill the other half with liquid dish soap. Slowly turn it back and forth (don’t shake it) to mix the soap and water. The next time you need to wash a dirty pan, spray it a few times with your new money-saving soap mixture. You’ll find that you don’t need full strength soap to get your dishes clean and you’ll find that your soap lasts so much longer!

 

To save yourself even more time, money and to reduce packaging waste, buy dish soap in bulk-sized containers.

 

This trick also works in the foaming pump dishwashing soap dispensers. When the original mixture runs out, refill it using the instructions above.

 

Take this One Small Step one step further: If you want more control over the ingredients in your dish soap, consider making your own. It’s cheaper and you’ll reduce waste by not having to purchase new containers. Check out this simple recipe.

 

 Photo by Conor Lawless.

 

 

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