Homemade Miracle Grow Water

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Homemade Miracle Grow Water

I grew up in a stinky kitchen.

The wash room in my grandmother’s house was a small hallway between the kitchen and the back door. It was a room that did much more than the laundry.

My grandmother put the surface of her washer to good use, and I don’t mean for setting laundry on. She would grow sprouts, start seeds and make egg water. And yes, the egg water was stinky. It often smelled up the entire kitchen.

Eventually, Oma realized she should just store it outside on the stoop. But by that time, I had grown up with it and was accustomed to the smell.

It’s amazing stuff though. Regardless of where you keep it, it does AMAZING things for plants! They grow faster and stronger with each watering. The sulphur truly helps.

And the best part is that it’s totally easy to make!

Homemade Miracle Grow Water

All you have to do is keep a container or pitcher with water in it and crumble up your egg shells (I use a ladle to stomp it down) into the water every time you make eggs. Over time, the eggs will fill up the bucket and you’ll have some nice, stinky Homemade Miracle Grow Water to water with.

I promise, it’s not completely intolerable. While it does stink, it’s manageable. So if you want to give your plants an extra boost, don’t toss out those egg shells! Crush them up and dump them in some water!

One thing to remember though, is that over time, the stink will go away. You can refill the bucket with water using the same egg shells, over and over until they don’t stink any longer. At that point, you know you need new egg shells. You actually WANT them to stink!

Go ahead and try it. Just do yourself a favor and keep it outside. Those you live with will appreciate it.

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  1. I do the same thing, but I use a milk jug so I can keep it closed and prevent it stinking up the house. This is also a great deer repellant!

    1. Jami – Yes! A milk jug is a great alternative! We don’t have deer in my area, but that’s good to know! 🙂

      1. I save my egg shell’s and grind them up and add them to soil I’m using to repot my plants. It helps them thrive as far as I can see. 🌻

        1. Me too! Thought I was a tad bit wacky, guess not! It also works like perlite for violets, the soil stays looser. Have always watered my indoor plants with the water from boiled eggs. Great minds you know!

  2. Thank you for let us know what to do with the eggs shells, I used to crush it and put it in my plants, I’m going to try with water for my tomatoes, basil rosemary peas
    Thank you so so much always looking for something new to grew stronger veggies

  3. Great idea! I use the water from boiled eggs on my houseplants and out doors when I have enough, but never thought to make it by soaking egg shells!

  4. I use egg shells in the soil before I plant any plant . First I treat the soil before i plant mix shells up good in soil the plant plant.

  5. When my egg shells don’t stink anymore, I let them dry out, crush them up as small as possible and sprinkle them around my plants. They kill all sorts of insects you DONT want in your garden, and it doesn’t effect the bugs you DO want! (Diatamatious earth does the same thing, if you’re familiar with using that) Those stinky old egg shells can go a pretty long way!

        1. I’ve read that a diy snake ‘repellent’ is to spread sulphur so with the egg shells producing sulphur would mean you have a snake repellent as well ~ win win
          (Australia – where we have alot of snakes)

    1. I cook mine If I make a few quiches, or what not, in the oven @ 250* for a while to dry them out. Then I crunch them up and add them to the compost.
      I will try putting them directly on the plants!

  6. I’m going to try this too! I did put some in my tomato plants this year but I think the water will do wonders for all the plants!

    1. I always crush the eggshells to powder and store it in a jar. When I come to plant flowers or veggies I always mix it with some Bone,Fish and Blood meal into the soil. It works wonders for them..😀😀😀

  7. My mom used this egg shell water when I was kid. It would smell bad but the plants were beautiful. I had forgotten about it. Thanks for the reminder. I will start making it today.

    1. My Grandmom did also. The only thing I can’t remember if she poured the whole thing in the plants shells and all and then replaced, or just used the water and refilled with the old shells.. anyone remember?

      1. Lenora – I think it just depends. I never actually saw my grandmother reuse egg shells. She crushed them enough that they just poured onto the plant with the water. That said, if you have a plant that really needs the calcium, you can put all the shells on that and use the water for other plants. But my guess is that you need new egg shells for each batch. At least, that’s how I remember it.

  8. I blend egg shells, coffee grounds and banana peels in a blender or nutri bullet with water and pour that on my garden. You could blend them and add to a larger container with wood ash and some epsom salt and it makes an awesome weekly feeding.

      1. Am going to try using the egg shells liquid on my flowers and vegetables. Thank you for the tips.

  9. Would you say it smells outside around these plants for a few days after? Will my yard smell like egg? 🤨

  10. Hi Tiffany, Thank you for the ‘heads up’ on egg shell water; have previously only crushed the shells and added them to the compost heap. Now will give your method a ‘go’!
    Many thanks – Doug

  11. Hi Tiffany, my name is Jeannette from Pretara, South Africa. I just read your article and it is a answer to what I am trying. In a large bucket I’ve put all kinds of veggies/fruit peals and eggshells added water to use on my plants. Thank you.

  12. Hi Tiffy.
    Calling yo grandma Oma and verandah, “stoop”, Tells me u r south african. ?
    Anyway I save the egg shells, rinsed off then when its enuf to fill d oven tray I bake it good to kill bacteria before crushing for use in garden.
    I wonder if these baked shells can b used in yo water soaking method?

    1. Jesmina – I’m actually mostly German! But born and raised in the states. 🙂 I don’t think baked shells will have the same effect. That being said, I’ve never tried it before. Your best bet is to stick them in some water and see if they get nice and stinky!

    2. I’ve heard about baking egg shells for the purpose of feeding back to chickens, or sprinkling on the ground to feed the beautiful birds. It’s supposed to be good for the health of the momma birds, and for shell strength and healthy baby birds. Just dry, bake, but don’t let them brown. Grind into small eating size in food processor.

  13. I was wondering if you can use the egg shell water throughout the fall and winter months when plants aren’t growing as much.

  14. I have never read or heard about this technique but I live in the desert and my poor plants need all the nutrition they can get! Thank you so much for your very informative article. I will be saving my egg shells from now on and keeping them in water to pour on my plants. I’m hoping to have a small but mighty vegetable garden next year!

      1. I’ve done same and it does work wonders. But i’ve shifted to spraying it on my flowering plants like hibiscus and the results are amazing as well. Although my hubby isn’t to happy and calls out to me every time😄 but he does appreciate the blooms he sees.

  15. one thing that you left out. when the egg shells no longer smell and you have to replace them, crush them and use them for either chicken grit for strong shells next time or bury them where you plant your tomatoes for a calcium supplement. My grandmother said never throw something away until you have used it for at least 3 more things.

    1. Viola – My grandmother never did, but I’m guessing you could. Try it and see what happens. Worst case scenario is you throw it out and start again. Or just store it outside where the stink won’t smell up the whole room.

  16. Thank you for the information. I’m going to try it. A cue of questions (1) do I have to rinse the eggshells before I place them in the water (2) can I place eggshells from boiled eggs as well?

    Again thank you.

    1. Ester – I don’t think boiled eggs will work the same, but I can’t be sure. We never rinsed our shells because they were going into the water anyway. But I would make sure all the egg white is out.

  17. We have a gallon jug with water in it that we have been adding crushed egg shells to for at least the last 3 years. Once a week I water my plants with that water. My plants are thriving and growing so well. I have recommended this to several of my friends and they all look at me like I am crazy but I can testify that my Norfolk Pine tree has grown by leaps and bounds and my Christmas Cactus blooms 4 times per year. I have now started a second gallon of “Egg Water” for future use. Love it!!!!

    1. Terry – No, it’s not harmful. Yes, it does smell. It’s the sulphur from the eggs. It’s perfectly normal. You can keep it outside as well. But the stink is what lets you know its good to pour on your plants.

    1. Barbara – You can if you want, but I’ve never found a need for it. Some people may prefer it though. My grandmother was always very good about getting all the egg out before she used the shells here. So if you still have some egg left in the shells, it may be a good idea. But it’s up to you.

  18. Praise the Lord ! For people sharing Natural ways that are So helpful ! I’ve enjoyed and learned so much. Thankful for so many people that share their ideas through your Web Tiffany, Grateful to Our Lord for you.. Continue on ..

  19. Hola Tiffany soy de Argentina, gracias por pasar ésta información, no lo había escuchado, yo uso las cáscaras de huevos para mezclar trituradas en la tierra.
    Próximamente probaré con este método. Gracias por ser generosa/o en trasmitir éste conocimiento.

  20. Hi Tiffany
    Do you dilute the egg water when using it or how much do you pour into each plant
    Many thanks Sue

    1. Susan – My grandmother never diluted it. She just poured some onto whatever plants needed a little help. She never measured. If I had to guess at an amount, I would say maybe 1/2 to 1 cup per plant. But again, this can vary a lot. Though I will say, I wouldn’t add less than a 1/4 cup.

    1. Susan – Honestly, I don’t think so. But you could try it! I simply shared the way My Oma always did it. I never asked a lot of questions, I just watched what she did. She never put it in the fridge or covered it. But, that doesn’t mean it would be a bad thing. Worth a shot!

    1. Linda – My grandmother never measured. She just splashed a bunch onto whatever plant needed some help. If I had to guess though, I would say to always add AT LEAST a 1/4 cup or more. I saw her use almost half a pitcher on a plant once though, so it’s really more of a “splash it one as you wish” kind of situation.

    1. C Galle – To be honest, I’m not sure. I feel like it needs some air circulation. My grandmother never covered hers. But that’s just a guess. You can certainly try it!

  21. How much of the water do you give your plants. Or can I just give them a small amount so it doesn’t stink

    1. Gail – You can give them as much as you like. Try it and see if they improve. If they don’t, they might need more. My grandmother always just splashed some on. She never measured.

  22. I read somewhere that the membrane should be removed before soaking them in the water. I do that and the water doesn’t stink anymore but the plants are thriving so well! Is the membrane an important part of the soaking process?

    1. Sherry – You’ve got me with that one. I honestly do not know. All I can tell you is that my grandmother never removed them. But if you try it and it still helps your plants, then it should be just fine. Doesn’t hurt to experiment in either direction.

    1. Shirley L – I’m not sure. I would think those two things provide different nutrients. I’m not sure I would combine them, but you could put them on separately. Worth a shot!

  23. I tried it once and noticed remarkable results. I could not believe how my plants grew! It really is a miracle grow and I am not going to stop using eggshell tea.

  24. I eat a lot of eggs and I love my plants so this is a great NEW process I will definitely use. Thank you so much!

  25. Hi Tiffany, thank you for sharing this tip! I will try it with my indoor plants. Do the eggs have to be organic?

  26. Thanks for sharing. I usually wash & dry shells. then turn it into powder.
    Very time consuming and hard work, so I really appreciate your simple alternative.

  27. Tiffany, I’ve heard of eggshells before but when I make eggs I forget to gather them, but if I want my corn plant to grow & to be beautiful. I also heard of coffee, when I don’t finish it I pour the remainder of my coffee in my plants ESPECIALLY my corn plant, it even has a new growth…yayyy

  28. Hi, hey, i wash out my egg shells and throw them into a container under the sink, where they dry out and dont smell. Then i make homemade fertilizer for orchids by adding boiling water to banana peels and crushed eggshells in a french press, let it cool, and fill ice cube trays to freeze. Each of my orchids gets 3 of these ice cubes every Sunday, and they keep blooming for me!

    1. Beverly – I recommend this for outdoor use only because of the smell. Although you could take your indoor plants outside until they air out. It’s not really for regular watering, although you could replace one watering with egg shell water. Just do it occasionally.

  29. Thank you for posting this article. I’m excited to give my plants some extra nutrition!
    In regard to the smell, I’m removing the thin membrane inside the shell. Maybe that will help.
    Thanks again,

  30. I did that egg water n I would water d corn plant. I had never seen that houseplant bloom. Until one my son walked in n ask if I had spray d house with perfume. Do I said no n we started to see where d smell was coming from. It was the corn plant n had flower stalks on top. The smell was heavenly,