egg shells around the houseMost of us eat eggs fairly regularly, which means we also end up throwing away tons of eggshells. But did you know you can actually use those shells for all kinds of purposes, from softening your skin (yup, it's true!) to cleaning your house? Read on to find out how! Trust me, next time you're making an omelette, you'll think twice before dumping those shells.

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Below, check out six genius ways to use eggshells:

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Gardening 1

Gardening

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Scattering crushed shells around your plants and flowers can help deter slugs, snails, and cutworms that ruin your garden without using pesticides. They also work to keep deer away if you have them in your area!

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Clear the drain 2

Clear the drain

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Is the drain in any of kitchen sink clogged? Crushing a couple of egg shells into your kitchen sink strainer will trap solids and keep them from clogging your pipes. As they break up and go down the drain, they'll also help clean whatever's stuck in the pipes.

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Make coffee 3

Make coffee

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Adding an eggshell to coffee grounds in the filter can actually make your morning cup o' joe taste less bitter!

Make a face mask 4

Make a face mask

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Pulverize egg shells into a powder and then combine with an egg white before allowing it to dry on your face as a skin-tightening mask.

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Clean your house 5

Clean your house

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Mix crushed eggshells and a little soapy water to clean vases or use as an abrasive on dirty pots and pans.

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Treat skin irritation 6

Treat skin irritation

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Dissolving an eggshell into apple cider vinegar for about two days produces a formula that can help minor skin irritations.