I use crushed egg shells to clean my bottles. It’ so effective, that I don’t bother with a bottle brush anymore. In fact, I started doing it because I couldn’t find a brush to fit into some of my bottles.

Egg shells drying on the window sill.
Egg shells drying on the window sill.

 

The eggs come from our own hens and when I cook with them I leave the egg shells in a little bucket on the window sill to dry out. When the bucket fills up, I crush them using the mortar and pestle and then I store them in another bucket under the kitchen sink so they are within easy reach.

Crushing the egg shells.
Crushing the egg shells.
Crushed egg shells stored under the kitchen sink.
Crushed egg shells stored under the kitchen sink. The scoop is something I held onto from an old laundry detergent.

I put a couple of tablespoons of crushed egg shell into a one litre bottle with about a cup of water and then shake. The egg shell is abrasive and acts like a scrubbing brush to remove debris. It works well with water only, but you can also add a drop of dishwashing liquid or use soapy water for extra cleaning power.

Washing glass bottles with crushed egg shell and water.
Washing glass bottles with crushed egg shell and water.
Shiny clean bottle.
Shiny clean bottle.

Once a bottle is clean, I tip the egg shell and water into the next bottle and clean it too. I have cleaned five bottles using the same two tablespoons of egg shell. When I’m done I scatter the egg shells around the garden or in the compost.

I think this is a great way to reuse egg shells and clean any hard to reach place. Give it a try.

Advertisements

30 thoughts

  1. we don’t have egg shells in our home because we don’t have eggs except the rare occasions wifey needs them to make a cake. not the healthiest of ‘foods’ -KIA

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Thank you! Usually cook my eggs to crush them to give back to my girls in their feed for extra calcium. But now Ican also use them to tackle another problem I’ve had with some difficult to clean bottles. Cheers from Arizona!

    Liked by 1 person

  3. This works! The kombucha from your SCOBY progeny was ready to be decanted for the first time today, but I couldn’t get to the tomato sauce grime left in the swing top bottle from its last use. I was pleasantly surprised by how easy this method is. Thanks, Tammy.

    Liked by 1 person

      1. Yes, it’s quite delicious. I’ve heard that others add glace ginger, fruit or chai spices, etc, but I think I like it as is. Thanks again.

        Liked by 1 person

  4. Pingback: bananass.org

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s