6 Unusual Uses for Eggs

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About: Former Instructables employee. Living in San Francisco amidst the fog. I love getting my hands dirty by taking on new projects, developing unique skills and learning fun facts.

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)

Step 1: Eggsotic Beauty Product

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

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

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

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

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

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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    NaomiA22

    2 years ago

    Raw eggs, organic, and ideally grass fed, are some of the best foods we have for health and healing. Not only in smoothies, but purely as they are, (blending fast actually destroys some of the goodness.) They are also a great road food. They do NOT need to be refrigerated either and are better for you when in room temperature. In Europe even in the stores they are not refrigerated. I have been eating 6-9 raw eggs a day for over eight years with great health. If you eat a few of them at once you even get a great lift (no coffee needed.) I have been sharing about this and other raw foods ideas with families worldwide, who attend my workshops and many families that read my book, articles, or attend my workshops are now raising children on the raw paleo food without fear of bacteria. The fear of bacteria (which we have in our body any way) comes from the big agriculture business who would love us not to discover that only Factory eggs, milk and meat is dangerous. Indeed factory farming means dirt, sickness, crowded, antibiotics, pesticides full food, hormones, vaccines...(cheapest to produce), but if you get your eggs from a small farmer, or in the health food store from a good source, they are not only safe, but much healthier than fats and proteins destroyed by heat. Naomi Aldort

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    DanW101

    2 years ago

    As always, raw eggs are off limits, because they could be contaminated with salmonella. ??? http://www.cdc.gov/salmonella/outbreaks-2016.html seems we have not had a Salmelnal out break in eggs since 2010 - so just why are raw eggs off limits ? Looks to me like a lot of other foods should be avoided - but I eat 6 raw eggs a day ! great for body, arthritis immune system - cooking em destroys the collagen oxidized the cholesterol and denatures the proteins - seems some confusion as what is good for us https://www.facebook.com/groups/448750418613708/

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    NorfolksonDanW101

    Reply 2 years ago

    Yup. Been drinking raw eggs in protein shakes for decades. When I Was a body builder I drank a dozen raw eggs a day. Never any problems.

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    DavidBa47898183

    2 years ago

    Egg whites are stem cells. Therefore, a bad burn requiring immediate medical attention (such as an explosion from a gas leak) often entails waiting for an ambulance. No need to wait. Keep raw eggs on hand and paint or smear the whites directly on the burn. There won't even be a scar. Ambulance or none.

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    DylanH24

    3 years ago

    I used this website to help me with my homework and my teacher was very eggsited because I said that there would be lots of puns, thanks great website and great tips, now I don't have to spend money on shoe polisher

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    NaomiA6

    3 years ago

    Organic raw eggs are safe to eat and extremely healthy. It is only eggs from industrial farms that are dangerous. They don't want competition so they tell us that eggs (and milk) are dangerous when raw. The industrial farms are so filthy... of course they are not safe.

    Check the websites that explain how extremely healthy raw eggs are and not so healthy when cooked. I have been drinking raw eggs daily for many years from farm chickens and ducks. Never a problem. Never. I feed children too, many years. Raw eggs, raw milk... the brainwash to be afraid of real food is strong but not true.

    Try a smoothy with raspberries, raw eggs, cream, banana and honey (some lemon is wonderful too) for starters. Get the eggs organic, ideally from a local grass-fed animals. Many outstanding doctors, including Mercola, recommend raw eggs. Don't fall for the propaganda of fear of food. Eat and be healthy.

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    Kris T.

    5 years ago on Introduction

    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!

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    nancyjohnsKris T.

    Reply 3 years ago on Introduction

    No fair, I want to be your relatives! "Home laid" eggs are the best tasting and I like to have omelets and over easy sometimes.

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    yaaarrrr

    6 years ago on Introduction

    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... :)

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    SheliaKay

    6 years ago on Introduction

    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.

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    blodefood

    6 years ago on Introduction

    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.

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    yggdrazil

    7 years ago on Introduction

    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?

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    johnny3hyggdrazil

    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    @ 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.

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    johnny3h

    7 years ago on Step 3

    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?

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    blodefoodjohnny3h

    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

    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.

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    deltasierrajohnny3h

    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    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.