Believe it or not, leftover water from boiling your eggs is useful! Many DIY tricks are the go-to when you're looking for cost-effective and easy ways to achieve everyday tasks. One that we — and most likely, you will — find very surprising is the application of egg water to plants because of its golden content — calcium.
Eggs are an everyday food staple all around the world. It is highly likely that not a week passes by that the average person wouldn't have boiled eggs!
However, just that many people also throw out the water used to boil the eggs because very few to none are aware of its potency when it comes to gardening.
Eggshells contain a tremendous amount of calcium, protein, and small amounts of other minerals, like strontium, fluoride, magnesium, and selenium.
These beneficial components seep from the eggshells into the surrounding water during boiling, making it useful to plants.
Plants love calcium because it helps regulate the soil (neutral soil pH is between 6.0 and 6.5), providing them with the perfect soil conditions to help them absorb the nutrients efficiently.
To apply the calcium-laden egg water to your soil, simply save water you have used to boil some eggs. Let the water cool to room temperature and then pour it onto your plants' soil.
However, there are a few things to keep in mind before applying egg water to your plants' soil:
For one, keep it in mind that your potted plants most likely already have a pH that is near neutral at the very least. So, the egg water may not be essential for them.
On the other hand, you should also know that fertilizers can create acidic reactions in the soil, even though it would still take a large quantity and a long time to move the needle a considerable amount.
So, if you're worried about the pH level of your plants' soil, get a pH tester and if the value indicates acidity, boil some eggs!
Egg water may not be that magical solution you thought would bring your plant to life, but you'd agree that there's no harm in finding a good way to reuse even the most menial of things like egg water.