Should you put eggshells in the garbage disposal is another question that we get asked often. Before we answer the question let us give you a tip that most homeowners are unsure about when it comes to using their garbage disposal.
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Should I run hot or cold water when using my garbage disposal?
You always want to run cold water when you’re grinding food waste. Running cold water while you grind helps to keep the motor and its parts from overheating. You should also continue to run the cold water a few seconds after the grinding is done.
This will help to make sure all food waste particles from your dishes continue along their way to the sewage plant and not hang around inside your disposal clogging your pipes. Now that we got that out of the way let’s get to the question at hand.
Does putting eggshells in the garbage disposal sharpen the blades?
There’s an old legend floating around claiming that putting eggshells inside your garbage disposal will help sharpen the blades.
This simply is not true and eggshells should never be put down the garbage disposal because the thin membrane on the inside of the eggshell can wrap around the garbage disposal blade and end up clogging your drain.
Just to reiterate, putting eggshells down your disposal is a big “no-no” and should be avoided at all cost.
3 Ways To Repurpose Eggshells
You don’t have to feed those egg shells to your disposal or your trash bin. Eggshells can be repurposed rather easily and here are exactly 3 ways to do just that.
#1 Use Eggshells As A Fertilizer.
When you combine banana peels and eggshells together you have a great fertilizer that you can use in a garden. Banana peels are a great source of potassium which is a macronutrient that all plants need to thrive. The eggshells are a great source of calcium.
Heat the eggshells in the oven at about 170 degrees to dry them out really quickly. Pulverize 8 eggshells in a coffee grinder. The pulverized eggshells will break down easier in your soil.
Do the same thing to 4 banana peels, dry them out and pulverize in a grinder. The banana peels won’t get as fine as the eggshells when you grind them up but whatever you end up with will be good enough.
There’s really no set recipe, just grind the eggshells and banana peels down into as fine of powder as you can get.
Place about 2 tablespoons into your planting hole and the nutrients will make their way to your plants over time.
#2 Put Seeds In Your Eggshells.
Rince the eggshells thoroughly before placing seeds like microgreens inside the eggshell.
Use a teaspoon to fill each eggshell with moistened potting soil. Sprinkle seeds into each eggshell and moisten the seeds but do not overwater. Now place the eggshells on a windowsill so they can bath in the sunlight’s rays.
Water as needed, don’t allow the shells to dry out and a few weeks later you should see visible signs of new plants.
The secret to feeding chickens back their own eggshells is to grind them up very finely. They really love it and it’s a great way to help boost the chicken’s intake of calcium.
If you don’t grind them up they will associate the eggshells with the eggs that they lay and will start trying to eat their own eggs and you don’t want that to happen.
Be sure to dry the eggshells out because the membrane inside the egg is really sticky but when you dry the eggshells out it’s much easier to break them up. Break them into small enough pieces so you can feed to the chickens but not so small that it becomes a powder.
Chickens love crushed eggshells better than chicken scratch, chicken feed and probably everything else with the exception of crickets.
One of the most important things to keep in mind as it relates to garbage disposal is that they are an extension of your overall plumbing system that is designed to eliminate food waste through your drain pipes.
If you don’t put the right types of foods down the disposal it will not be able to push the food particles completely through the garbage disposal and down the drainage pipes.
So the best way to prevent garbage disposal problems in the first place is to make sure that you don’t put food waste, like eggshells, down it in the first place and always run plenty of cold water before and after use.