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According to Greeneatz , the life cycle of an egg (per 1 kilo) creates the equivalent greenhouse gas emission of 4.8 kilos... that's the same as driving 17.702 kilometres in your car.
Taking this into consideration then, it is important that we make sure no part of the egg is going to waste - including the shells.
One of our most consistently popular posts takes a unique look at 9 different ways to use eggshells around the home.
But 9 ways wasn't enough - it turns our there are loads of uses for something that most people throw away without a second thought!
Here are 6 new surprising uses for eggshells around the home:
- As Laundry whitener: egg shells thrown into your wash can actually brighten whites! Well, not just thrown in. You place the shells into a tightly woven fabric bag (maybe a used stocking?), otherwise the shells may damage the washing machine.
- As Drain Cleaner: Sections of eggshell in your sink strainer will help catch food particles and prevent them from clogging your plumbing. Occasionally send a few crushed-up egg shells down the drain. They can help keep it unclogged by their abrasive action, but be careful not to do this to often. It can cause more harm than good.
- As Pot Drainage: Crumble them up and add them to the bottom of potted plants that need drainage. Tomatoes and eggplants will love the added calcium to deter end rot.
- For a Smoother Cup of Coffee: Powdered egg shells in the filter with your coffee beans is said to brew a smoother cup of coffee by taking away the bitterness, though I haven't tried this one myself.
- To Treat Itchy Skin: Drop an eggshell into a small container of apple cider vinegar and let it soak for a couple of days. Dab the mixture on to sooth itchy skin.
- To Create Chalk – A fun weekend activity to do with your family. Use six powdered egg shells, 1 tsp flour and 1 tsp hot water and you'll have chalk!
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What you can do
Reduce wasting food by managing it better every day
Up to 30% of food we buy is wasted, at an estimated national cost of $5 billion-plus a year. Cut down on waste by not letting food go out of date, avoiding over-catering and looking after any leftovers.