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You know something's good when it's sold in packages of 12. Eggs are incredibly versatile, and so this is my ode to those slimy insides that make breakfast worth waking up for.

(and get ready for some pretty egg-plosive puns)
 
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Step 1: Eggsotic Beauty Product

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If your hair has been lacking that extra something-something lately, worry no more! You don't have to shell out the major bucks, but break a few eggshells instead!

Eggs are rich in proteins that are very similar to those found in our hair, and so make great conditioning and strengthening masks. Try beating an egg (or a couple yolks if your hair is especially dry) with a bit of olive oil, and apply to your hair once frothy. If you want to smell less like an omelette, and more like you've just come home from the salon, add a couple drops of a scented oil. Leave on for about 20 minutes, and then rinse with warm water. 

Fun tip: If Fido's coat has also been lacking luster, add a scrambled egg to his food every week. Your pets will love this tasty treat, and they'll be turning heads at the dog park in no time. As always, raw eggs are off limits, because they could be contaminated with salmonella.

Let's move this eggy beauty regimen south of the hairline to your face. Egg yolks and whites both have valuable qualities on their own for your skin, so there are a couple different facial treatments to do with eggs.

With egg whites, you can make a soothing anti-aging cleanser that smooths the skin. Whisk whites with a little bit of water, and wash over your face. After rinsing off, you should find puffiness diminished, and your pores looking smaller.

Egg yolks are very rich in Vitamin A, which is great for moisturizing. Just as you did with the whites, whisk these yolks with some water and use to wash your face. 

If you have a large supply of eggs, perhaps a chicken coop all your own, alternate between these cleansers each night for best results.

Step 2: Eggceptional Glue

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If you've ever been out in the barn making crafts and run out of glue, fear no more! Simply walk over to the hen house and grab an egg.

Egg whites are pretty sticky as they dry, and can easily double as an elmers-subsitute when gluing paper or light cardboard. You can also use egg white instead of glue in your papier-mâché project by mixing with flour, water, sugar, and some alum.

Step 3: Eggstraordinary for Plants

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Are you eating a hardboiled egg right now? WAIT! Don't pour out the water you used to boil it just yet!

Eggshells contain a high amount of calcium, which plants love. Let your hard-boiled-egg water cool, and use it to water your plants. They'll thank you for it - especially your solanaceous garden plants (tomatoes, eggplants, peppers, etc.).

If you've broken a few eggs to make your french toast, be sure to compost those shells! Or, if you have a particularly straight break, consider saving the shells for seed starters. Rinse the shell halves out with warm water to remove the membrane. Poke a small hole in the bottom with a pin to allow for draining, and fill the shell with soil. Press in your seeds, which will draw in extra nutrients from the shells and grow up nice and tall!

Step 4: Eggsactly like a First Aid Kit

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If you're anything like me, you enjoy to cook but are rather clumsy in the kitchen. This does not pair well with sharp knives and hot pans.

Next time you're too enthusiastic cutting vegetables into a fricassee and cutting your hand in the process, no worries! Hardboil and egg, and use that thin membrane between the white and the shell as a make-shift band aid. It will act as a thin kind of skin by applying enough pressure to stop the bleeding, and has scar-fighting nutrients.  Plus, snack!

Or perhaps you bruised yourself when digging around the cupboards to find that spring-form pan or grapefruit spoon. Hardboil an egg, and (while it's still quite warm) peel off the shell and rub it on your bruise.  The heat should dissipate some of the blood that's starting to collect. Plus, another snack! 



Step 5: Eggcellent Cleaning Product

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Remember how eggs are good for our own skin? Well they're good for cleaning leather, too!

Egg whites'  thick and sticky base easily removes dirt from your leather shoes. Or bag. Or wallet. Anything leather, really. Gently scrub the whites into your dirty leather, and wipe off with a damp cloth. The egg will also forms a protective base covering on your leather, which gives it shine!

Step 6: Eggstra-Beautiful Jewelry

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If your silver jewelry needs some oxidation to bring out a design, break out the eggs!

Eggs contain sulfur, which is the active ingredient in store-bought oxidation solutions. Note that this method of oxidation does not work on fine sterling .999 (but most commercially sold silver jewelry is sterling .925 or lower, so this shouldn't be too much of a problem)

First boil an egg or two, depending on the size of your jewelry. You only need the hardboiled yolk, so take a second to boost your energy by eating the cooked white. You all set? Alright, let's continue.

Break up the yolks a bit, and place at the bottom of a container that you can easily seal. Set a wire rack over the yolks so you can hold your jewelry above without directly touching the yolks. If you don't have a rack, use some paper towels. Place your jewelry in, and seal the container. Let sit for a day (or longer if you want it darker), and wash silver with a bit of soap. Heads up: the yolks will smell pretty nasty after sitting out, so be sure to open your container in a well-ventilated area.

If you don't want the entire jewelry piece to be oxidized, use a buffing cloth to polish the areas you want shiny again. 

Step 7: Eggsperiment for yourself!

I'm sure there are plenty of other great uses for eggs, so get cracking and go find out for yourself!
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Kris T.2 years ago
Our "girls" have been egg laying machines lately; we practically beg relatives to take some eggs off our hands. But now I know some alternative ideas/purposes for them, thanks!
yaaarrrr3 years ago
haha.. Each and every one of them is very nice... especially the names... the author really did a good job in making some wonderful titles... :)
kazmataz (author)  yaaarrrr3 years ago
thanks!
SheliaKay3 years ago
I love this site, full of useful information. I enjoyed reading all the comments almost as much as reading your instructable which is a first for me. Thanks for all the eggvice (sorry couldn't resist) and a few laughs.
kazmataz (author)  SheliaKay3 years ago
Thanks so much!
blodefood3 years ago
I have never tried this, but I have heard of using egg white as a shampoo. Combing it through hair and letting it dry and then brushing it out is supposed to clean hair.
yggdrazil4 years ago
This may be ignorant of me but what about the risk of Salmonella? We are told to fully cook eggs before eating them. Are there any risks involved with smearing raw eggs on our face or into open wounds?
@ yggdrazill. I partially agree with you.

IF one has "open" wounds or sores, AND the egg material contains Salmonella, or any other infectuous material, THEN I suspect that you could become infected.

On the other hand, even if the egg material contained bacteria or viruses, BUT the skin to which it's applied HAS NO open wounds or sores, then there would not be a problem.

Not being a medical scientist, this is only a layman's opinionl.
But the bacteria is killed when the water is boiled.
Well, I dont think do just because of the fact that you can dip things in raw egg yolks. My dad dips fried salami in them.
johnny3h3 years ago
I'm just "thinkin out loud" here, BUT...  IF the water in which the eggs were boiled is HIGH in CALCIUM, THEN why not bottle it [when slightly cooled], keep it in the fridg, and drink 8 ounces or so per day to ensure plenty of Calcium in your food intake?
I would flavour it with a little something. It probably smells and tastes a little like sulfur.

One caution is not to combine it with iron supplement. Iron and calcium cancel each other out so you won't get much of either. But, absorption of both is enhanced with vitamin C. Perhaps some orange or cranberry juice with your eggwater would be helpful.
As long as it was boiled long enough, it might be safe to drink. The risk of salmonella comes from the OUTSIDE of the egg (chicken poop), not the inside, so you would actually be making your risk greater by drinking eggshell water.
But the fact that the water has been boiled will kill off any bacteria or viruses.
Because that's probably pretty gross.
Literal LOL ^
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Slicerr24 years ago
u forgot macgyver's radiator fix!!!!
That does really work. They did it on "Mythbusters"
lemonie4 years ago

Do you know of any dogs named Fido?
I think the name may have been popular during some past-period, but I can't think when...

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MY dog is named Fido!! He's named after the zombie in the old movie of the same name (Fido). My dog is out of a black Giant Schnauzer ("Tucker"), and a white German Shepherd ("Casey"). Both parents over 100#. Fido is over 100# now and still growing. He's a big boy. Also, he loves eggs. I feed RAW eggs to all my animals. They love them and it's healthy for them. Some of them eat them shells and all (more calcium for them!). My hens lay more than I can use.
Ayce lemonie4 years ago
I know a zombie named Fido.
Mastros4 years ago
Egg whites were mixed with colors and used in the painting of Byzantine icons and wall painting. Now I understand why.
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Yeah, they used them as a base for the paint. But the egg based ones would eventually decay so then oil paints became more popular.
Actually, the egg tempera paint used egg yolk mixed with the pigments. Egg white was used to make glair, for adhering gold leaf. And the egg base colors didn't decay (you can still see them in museums), but couldn't be used on a flexible base, such as canvas--so oil was added, eventually becoming oil based paint.
See how useful all those art history classes can be : ) ? and by the way. . .egg tempera colors are still made and used.
"you can still see them in museums" yea, they have survived since well be for the Egyptians were still making pyramids
Egg tempera is still vivid even in outdoor applications after centuries, according to something I read. makes me want to try it.
I painted some motifs on my room's walls with egg white natural pigment paint and they've remained there for over 7 years without decoloration... on the other side, my water based paints disappeared a long time ago.
I love to make things out of natural materials.
Excellent Instructable!
(Excuse me if I have any error in my text, for English is not my native language)
Use a dab egg white on a bee or Wasp sting, it will relieve the burning and swelling instantly. Apparently egg white contains an enzyme that counteracts the poison in the sting.
I was stung on the arm, by about 20, very hostile yellow jackets, the cook at our place busted open an egg, separated the white, wiped it on, and Wham instant relief, the next day, you could not even tell I had been stung.... Amazing...
suayres4 years ago
Another little-known use for egg whites: whisk them and smooth on your face for a quick, temporary "face lift.". As the water evaporates, the egg white tightens the skin. When you're getting ready for bed, just do your usual washing routine-- the egg washes off very easily.
kilbia4 years ago
I don't trust myself to garden yet, but I rent an apartment that has holly bushes outside. I "feed" them lots of other things, but I'll be sure to add egg-water to the list. Thanks!
When transplanting tomatoes, first put crushed eggshells into the hole. It will prevent blossom end rot.
ooh, great tip!! I'm planting tomatoes today. I'm going to try this.
you could use a tone of them to prop your bycicle up when you next decide to be a mechanic on it.
Nezer4 years ago
hardboil AN egg.

typo.
pampro Nezer4 years ago
Really Neezeer it's just a Typo
Zovits4 years ago
This way you won't be hungry even if you can't cook at all.
Either you'll have a nice dinner, or lots of emergency egg snacks :D
isn't it just quicker to get a band-aid? by the time the egg is hardboiled, the cut will have had millions of germs enter and blood cells exit.
chabias4 years ago
Get that "There's Something About Mary" look, and use egg whites for 'hair gel'. I used whites one year for Halloween and it worked great!
LiaVivas4 years ago
Hey, speaking about first aid if you burn yourself while cooking the egg white is one of the best things to prevent scaring and stop the burning.
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