9 Ways to Use Egg Shells

Eggs have more uses than just cooking and eating. In fact, their egg shells can be quite useful around the house too🐥⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
1. Feed them to your chickens

Roughly crush them and feed them back to your chickens. It will give them an extra boost of calcium and make for healthier eggs.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

2. Feed them to your garden

Finely crush them and sprinkle in your garden bed. Plants will love the calcium. This also prevents blossom end rot on tomatoes (I have tried this first hand and know it works).⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

3. Use them as seedling starters

Fill half a shell with dirt, plant your seed and place back in the carton to hold them upright.

4. Keep away snails

Roughly crush shells and place around plants to deter snails and slugs.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
5. Make toothpaste with them

Make a toothpaste powder with your shells to have a more organic and healthier toothpaste. Egg shells have many minerals our enamel needs to be strong. Studies have shown that using eggshells on your teeth remineralizes our enamel & can possibly REVERSE tooth decay!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

6. Clean your pots and pans

Use crushed egg shells to scrub hard to clean pots and pans.⠀⠀

7. Boost your calcium

Eat them! Crush them up and place into a capsule or put in smoothies. This is only best for those who may be low on calcium. Half an eggshell a day covers your basic calcium needs.

8. Use them in your beauty routine

Make a face mask using finely crushed egg shells and one egg yolk mixed together and apply to your face. Once it has dried wash with cold water. This treatment will nourish and tighten your skin.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

9. Make Chalk for your kids

Crush dried egg shells to dust. Add 2 tsps flour and hot water (enough to make a stiff paste) and add food coloring. Roll up in a paper towel to shape the “dough” into desired thickness. Unroll and allow to sit and dry for a few days. Then create a sidewalk masterpiece with your egg chalk.

So, the next time you bake a cake or fry up some scrambled eggs, hang onto those shells and utilize them. It’s amazing what we can do with items we would normally throw away.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

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Fun Lemon Printables for the Home

I hope you enjoyed this weeks lemon themed cleaning hacks! I’m ending our week with something fun. Type in your email below to get 4 free lemon themed printables!

Also, for those of you who follow Home Sweet Cottage on facebook and instagram: I had some great “When life gives you lemons” quotes but one I loved the most! I loved it so much in fact that I made it into a printable (available below) and will also be posting it to facebook!

Thanks to @julielouisy on instagram! Such a lovely quote! 💕


Have a SWEET weekend!

Much Love!

~Hollie Yang

20 Uses for Lemons in Your Home Cleaning Routine

Like the homemaker, from 2 posts ago, who was all out of cleaning supplies, she used what she had on hand, lemons and vinegar. However, her cleaning product took atleast 2 weeks to make. So, if you’re needing something to clean your home right away, you can use nothing more than a cut lemon.

Lemons are antibacterial and can inactivate bacteria, even the ones that cause Salmonella and E. Coli.

The Lemons acidity neutralizes odors, whether in the air, on your sofa or in the trash.

Lemons contain D-Limonene which is a powerful degreaser and solvent.

AND its acidity can remove stains of all types from many different surfaces.

So, it is safe to say that lemons really are a great option for cleaning. Not to mention it is a much more natural alternative than your typical store bought cleaners.

So, curious to know how you can use lemons in your daily cleaning routine? Then, let’s begin.


1. GARBAGE DISPOSAL: Remove that nasty stinch from your garbage disposal by dropping in a slice of lemon.

2. AIR: If your home is smelly, but not sure where it’s coming from, simply boil lemon peels to get the fragrance into the air.

3. HANDS: Strong food smells on your hand? (such as garlic, fish etc.) Rub your hands with a slice of lemon.

4. FRIDGE: Absorb nasty fridge odors by cutting up a lemon in small pieces, place on a small shallow plate, sprinkle with salt and put in your fridge.


5. MICROWAVE: Clean your microwave without scrubbing by cutting a lemon in half, squeeze into a microwave safe cup of water (about 1/2 cup of water) drop i. both halves into the cup and microwave on high for about 3 min. Do not open the door for another 5 min. After time has passed, open and wipe down all areas. If there is hard to remove crust use the half lemon, sprinkled with salt, to remove.

6. CUTTING BOARD: Clean your cutting boards by sprinkling kosher salt onto the board and scrubbing with half a lemon. It will remove stains and odors.

7. BUTCHER BLOCK COUNTERS: Use the same method as with your cutting boards. It works great!

8. FAUCETS: Remove faucet stains by rubbing them with half a lemon.

9. DISHWASHER: Toss a lemon rind into the silverware compartment to clean and freahen up your washer. Plus it will make the kitchen smell wonderful!

10. DISHES: Hard stuck-on foods? Use a cut half of a lemon dipped in salt and scrub away.

11. KNIVES: Use lemon juice and a sponge to get rid of rust on your kitchen knives.


12. TUB & TILE: Clean soap scum off of your tub and tile by scrubbing it with a half cut of a lemon.

13. TOILET: Make your own easy toilet tablets (recipe here) with lemon juice.


14. BLEACH ALTERNATIVE: Lemon is a great alternative to bleach and is also safe to use with colors as well. Pooring one cup of lemon juice into the wash with your regular detergent, is a great way to help remove stains and smells much better than bleach as well.

15: RUST STAINS: Boil some water in a kettle. Poor lemon juice on the stained fabric and carefully hold over the steam for a few minutes. Wash as usual.

16: JUICE STAINS: Soak stain in a mixture of 1/3 cup lemon juice & 2/3 cup water and wash as usual.

17. MILDEW STAINS: Make a mixture of salt and lemon juice to create a paste. Spread over the stain and place in the sun to dry. Then wash as usual, preferably hot water.

18. LEATHER: Dampen a cloth with lemon juice and use to wipe down leather shoes, jackets, etc. to clean and shine……


19. ANTS: Sprinkle lemon juice along ant routes and around baseboards to keep them away without using dangerous chemicals.

20. MOTHS: Place dried lemon peels where you want to repel moths such as your closets.

I believe we can all agree that lemons are an amazing versatile fruit created by an Amazing Creator!

I hope you get a chance to try out this powerful cleaning fruit in your daily cleaning routine and let me know how it goes!

Much love,

– Hollie Yang

Homemade Toilet Tablets with Lemon

Today is the continuation of our lemon themed cleaning hacks! I used lemon juice in these easy homemade toilet tablets and I am now going to try to keep these on hand at all times.

These are some great little cleaners and so simple to make. Not to mention there are no harsh chemicals or odors to worry about.

1 cup Baking soda
4 Tbsp Lemon juice
1 & 1/2 tsp Vinegar
1 Tbsp Hydrogen Peroxide

You can also add a few drops of your favorite essential oils.

(Makes Approx. 30 tablets)

1. Stir all ingredients together.

NOTE: Be careful when adding the liquids to the baking soda. Add together slowly so the reaction will not be as messy.

2. Spoon out using a tsp. You may need to roll the scooped mixture between your hands to make sure it sticks together well and form into balls.

3. Let the tablet dry over night.

4. Place carefully, so as not to cause any crumbling of the tablets, into a glass jar. Store near the toilet.

*Use once a week to prevent any grime build-up*

For best results: Let your tablet sit in the bowl throughout the night before flushing or scrubbing.

I’ve already used mine a couple times and they did a wonderful job. You can tell by the photo above that my bowl desperately needed a good cleaning and it did a great job.

I hope you get a chance to try these tablets out and let me know how they worked for you! Also, I hope you try the All-Purpose Lemon Cleaner as well!

Homemade All-Purpose Cleaner (with only 2 ingredients)

The homemaker scanned her living room and shook her head. Dust seemed to adorn every crevice.

She entered the kitchen with a judgemental eye and tsked. Splattered pancake batter now caked to the counter, the oven was a crusty mess and the once white sink was now all stained.

Next, came the powder room, she winced at the unsightly sink and counter, the build up of soap scum on her tub and the ringed toilet bowl… Oh how horrid her house was.

No matter, she thought, I will just need to clean everything.

The mere thought of a clean house excited her. There’s just something about a tidy home that filled her heart with warmth.

That’s when she realized she was completely out of cleaning supplies. She had used the last of her All-Purpose cleaner a week ago and forgot to pick up more on her last round to the store.

With the kitchen counters covered in sticky unknown substances and the oven crusted over with goo, there was just no way a water soaked rag would get the job done.

She slumped on the couch and pondered a trip to the store. She glanced out the window at her children who were playing merrily in their sand box outside. They would most definitely need a good cleaning, a new change of clothes and their hair all fixed.

Standing to retreive their clean clothes from their bedrooms, she noticed the pile of lemons on the counter she had purchased earlier in the week, for a dessert she was planning to make.

That’s when she remembered the lemon cleaner she had started. The mixture now sat in the dark pantry.

Could it now be ready? she pondered, as she changed her direction to the pantry door.

The large glass of lemon peels and vinegar sat at the far end of the narrow room. She headed straight for it and read the date on the label.

She smiled. She wouldn’t have to head to the store afterall. She had her homemade cleaner to try out. And so she began her work.

By the end of her cleaning spree the house smelled of citrus and felt so much more clean.

Scanning the rooms with much pleasure, the thought occurred to her, she should make this cleaner to have on hand all the time. What’s the point of buying from the store when she can make her own that’s so much more healthy for her family. Not to mention budget friendly.

Yes, that is what I will do. She smiled as she began to prepare her lemon dessert, making sure to start a new collection of lemon peels in a new jar.

When life gives you lemons, clean something.” -Hollie Yang


– Lemon peels (or any citrus peels)

– Vinegar

1. Fill a large Mason jar atleast half full of lemon peels. (this could take a week or two)

2. Poor in vinegar til it just covers the peels.

3. Cover with the lid and set the mixture aside for 2+ weeks.

4. Strain out the peels and poor the liquid into a recycled clean spray bottle and use as any other All-Purpose Cleaner.

I hope you enjoyed today’s read and get the opportunity to try out this awesome cleaner!

Much love,

Hollie Yang

FREE Printable – “Confession” Wall Decor

If you are anything like me, a full time homemaker, you probably run into the “not in the mood to do anything” blues. So, I am here to help you with that by sharing this great old poem I found.

I read this just about every day to give myself a type of pep-talk and it really does help! Maybe it will help you too!

And, even if it doesn’t encourage you to go sweep the floor or clean the dishes, at least you will have something pretty to admire on your fridge or wall ❤

Stay motivated ladies!

The first pdf download is just the plain poem for those who want to do something artsy with it.

With mine, I cut most of the paper away to leave a skinny strip, just wide enough for the poem.

Then, I used a lighter to burn the edges… carefully.

To finish it off, I used a tea bag that had steaped in hot water to dab on some tea to give it and old appearance.

After letting it dry and crumbling it up and smoothing it out, I placed it on some old style newspaper paper.

I had this great picture frame I had on hand and put it in and hung it on the kitchen wall.

I am so pleased with the vintage look that I can’t help but be drawn to it and read it often.

The second pdf is one that I jazzed up with some floral for those of you who want to skip the arts and crafts and get an instant, ready to hang, daily encouragement.

Plain Printable PDF

Floral Printable PDF

Healthy Old-Fashioned Granola Recipe (Free Printable) A Homemaker in the Kitchen

“He that tilleth his land shall be satisfied with bread” Proverbs 12:11

The unsatisfied homemaker, flips through her cook books, searching for something new. She is tired of always preparing the same foods for her husband and children. She knows they would like something different too.

She has been blessed with a kitchen and all the things a successful baker would need to provide delicious cuisine. So it would be a shame not to take full advantage of her blessings to create a special treat for her family from time to time.

“Healthy” is always on the homemakers mind when giving something to her household to eat. She searches for something wholesome, sweet but not too much sugar; something she will be pleased with, for her children to eat.

She comes across the perfect snack recipe and then sets to work. Adorned in her worn, old apron, she heads to the pantry to shop for the ingredients the recipe requires.

About an hour later a delicious aroma floods the home. The children all gather to the kitchen as they watch the homemaker pull her confection from the oven. How warm and delighted they all feel to have a homemade snack for them all to enjoy.

Once her baked goods have cooled, the homemaker serves everyone a portion and watches with anticipation. She sees a few of her childrens eyes light-up in delight. She beams as she serves herself a piece.

Now, the homemaker is satisfied.

“Never be afraid to try new things, and make some mistakes, it’s all part of life and learning.” — Unknown

I cannot guarantee that your family will enjoy this recipe as much as the homemaker’s did, especially for the picky eaters who don’t care for nuts. However, this granola is so super easy to tweek and make your own. You can simply add in or take away. Use the creativity God has blessed you with to experiment and try new things.



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2-1/2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
1/2 cup sliced almonds
1/2 cup chopped pecans
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1/2 cup sunflower seeds
2 tablespoons sesame seeds
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon (or more if you love cinnamon like I do)
Pinch of salt
1/2 cup coconut oil
2/3 cup honey
1 cup dried fruits (cranberries, raisins, cherries etc.)

  1. Preheat oven to 320 F. Line baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Mix the oats, almonds, pecans, walnuts, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, cinnamon and salt in
    a large bowl.
  3. Whisk together the honey and oil & Pour the mixture over the dry ingredients & combine.
    Spread the granola into the baking sheet & bake for 25-30 minutes.
  4. Stir & re-spread a few times during baking until the entire mixture is golden brown. (careful
    not to burn)
  5. Stir in the dried fruits. Then spread the mixture evenly & let cool to room temperature.
  6. Break up the granola & store in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Enjoy as a snack, in
    cereal, greek yogurt or by itself. Good for 2 weeks.

I hope you were encouraged by todays read to get into your kitchen and try something new for your family and yourself. Be mindful of how truely blessed you are, with what you have been given and be most thankful.

Much Love,

Hollie Yang

Time Saving Tips & A Homemakers Evening

The baths have all been taken, a cup of milk all drank and now the children, all nestled in bed, listen to their mothers calming voice. A bedtime story calms them down and makes their eyes heavy and soon they begin to dream.

One young child fights off sleep and climbs into the storytellers lap. He wiggles and he squirms long after the story has ended. The young mother rocks the infant until the child’s eyes close and she lets out a sigh of relief, as if she felt he would never get settled to sleep.

She lays him in his bed and tucks him in tight and then leaves the room after turning out the night light.

The house is quiet now, almost an eerie feeling. As she walks through the hallway and steps into her kitchen, she sees the piles of dishes. Another sigh escapes her lips but she does not complain. She rolls up her sleeves to do her task all over again.

How mundane her life, she thinks. However, she knows her tasks do not go unnoticed by her heavenly Father. He sees and knows her heart. This makes her smile as she rinses the suds away.

“She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness.”
Proverbs 31:27

She whispers this verse under her breath and knows she’s doing exactly right. No matter how ordinary her life may seem, she knows she’s been ordained by God, to be the keeper of this house, mother of her children, wife to her husband, and most of all a servant to the heavenly King.

How extraordinary the life of a homemaker is, if only one looks at it from the right point of view.


The evenings are usually a time when all the days work either comes to an end or sometimes feel like it just begins.

Staying on top of your chores throughout the day really is a time saver at the end of the day.

If you overlooked all the “little things” throughout your morning and afternoon, then by evening time you will soon realize that all those “little things” grew into big things.

So here are a few tips to help you throughout your days, to keep your house under control and to make your evenings much more relaxed.

1. When cooking, clean as you go.

This is such a huge, yet simple, tip. If you are baking cookies and you have emptied the bowl of cookie dough, simply rinse it out and wipe it clean. Just think how much time that saved you. Compared to setting it in the sink until you “got around” to washing dishes, by that point the raw dough would be infused to the sides of the bowl, making it a much more tedious and time consuming task.

The same principle applies at meal time. Once your food is cooking, clean your dishes. This is so simple, yet so revolutionary!

2. Throw dirty clothing into the washing machine, not the hamper.

This works best for those of you who’s laundry room is centrally located. So for those who have the washer and dryer in the garage, this is probably not the best strategy.

But for those who have their washer close at hand, this is a great strategy. You’ve got to toss those soiled clothes somewhere so why not go ahead and put it in the washer. This saves time in the long run because you’re skipping the step of carrying the hamper to the machine and emptying its contents.

For those of you who like to seperate the lights from the darks, simply decide what you want to wash the next time you do laundry and throw one into the hamper and the other into the machine. Once it’s full, simply add the detergent and wash it. And that’s that.

3. Make a habit to wipe everything down after meal time.

It’s amazing and pretty gross how much greese, food particles and unknown substances build up on our tables, counters, ovens, kitchen walls and window sills. Think how much hard scrubbing you could avoid, just by simply wiping things down atleast once a day after supper.

4. Every morning after brushing your teeth, straighten up and wipe down the counter.

You can save yourself from an overhwleming, nasty mess on your bathroom counter if you make this tip your daily routine.

5. Since you’re already in the powder room, the commode could use a wipe down as well.

Cleaning the toilet should be atleast a once a week chore, but if you’re like most of us, that is the most neglected, uncleaned thing in your entire home. If you make a habit of wiping it clean once a week (pick a day, like Saturday) after brushing your teeth and straightening up the counter. Then you are set to have a clean powder room.

6. It’s ok to make life a little easier on you and use paper plates sometimes.

This isn’t so much a tip as it is a permission statement. Sometimes we think we have to be “so-so” and do everything so perfectly that we can overwhelm ourselves. We don’t have to use our good plates all the time. We don’t have to be fancy. We don’t have to use silverware or glasses all the time. Just enjoying a meal with your family is what is important.

So, although using paper plates are a little pricey, it can save you so much time cleaning dishes and give you more time enjoying your family. ❤

I so hope you enjoyed todays encouragement and tips. If you have some tips of your own, please comment down below, I would LOVE to read them. Make sure to subscribe by providing your email (I never spam) and follow me on facebook and instagram!

Envelope Style Pillow Covers -A Simple Sewing DIY-

My poor couch pillows have been in desperate need of some repair. I was very tempted to throw them away but I didn’t want to pay the price of new ones. It amazes me just how expensive pillows can be. So, I decided to sew a simple case. Something that could be easily removed and washed.

I have repaired this pillow once before but I guess my sewing needs to be perfected. The seem popped open a few months later.

After much debate on how to design the case, I finally got this inspiration after throwing some ideas back and forth with my Mom. I hope this inspires you if you are looking to sew a simple pillow case as well.

This design is definitely great for beginners and is very quick, especially if you have a sewing machine. Mine is currently in need of repair, so I had to resort to the good old fashioned way, by hand.

I found this great material, which is actually a window curtain, from a local thrift store at a great price. Thrift stores are one of my favorite places to shop. You can find all kinds of treasures at great prices!

So let’s get on with the sewing!

Being Positive When It’s Not a Positive Kind of Day… (Monday)

Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see a shadow. Hellen Keller    

After the weekly day of rest many homemakers have trouble getting back into their daily routine. Monday’s can be a little tough on everyone. But I have a little secret… positivity goes a long way.

Getting into a positive mindset when you’re feeling tired and maybe overwhelmed by the tasks ahead, isn’t always easy. So I have made a few suggestions for all of you ladies.

“It’s been my experience that you can nearly always enjoy things if you make up your mind firmly that you will.” – LM Montgomery

1. Quote Scripture

Just by quoting an uplifting scripture outloud throughout your morning and even your whole day can really help you have a positive attitude. This homemaker has tried this on many occassions and it can actually be difficult to be moody when your heart is contemplating God’s word.

“Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.”
Proverbs 18:21

2. Read Positive Things

Reading the Bible is definitely a wonderful read to get your thoughts established on Monday. Along with reading uplifting quotes you have found online and in books.

A great suggestion would be to have a chalk board or dry erase board in your home that you could write a new quote or scripture on every week or so. Place it somewhere where you could easily see it everyday.

Or you could keep a small piece of paper tucked inside your purse or wallet with your favorite quotes, sayings &/or scriptures on it to read any time you need a good word.

“Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

3. Turn on Uplifting Music

Inspiring music can certainly be a huge part of getting your thoughts in their rightful place.

“Life is one grand, sweet song, so start the music.” – Ronald Reagan

4. Stay healthy

Keeping a healthy positive mindset really connects with our physical well-being also. Feeling well helps in having a positive mindset and having a positive mindset can help in having a healthier body. So make sure to start your day off right with a healthy breakfast and healthy snacks throughout your day, take vitamins daily and get plenty of rest. (note for the mom of littles below)

“Early to bed and early to rise, makes a man healthy wealthy and wise.” ― Benjamin Franklin

5. Pray Throughout the Day

Have you ever had something you needed to talk to someone so strongly about? And it was burning on your heart so heavily that when you were finally able to talk about it, all the anxiety just went away?

Prayer is a lot like that… Actually, it’s exactly like that. Taking your cares, anxieties and frustrations to God is what He desires. And it can make you feel so wonderful and carefree afterward.

“Casting all your care upon Him; for he careth for you.”
1 Peter 5:7

“Pray without ceasing.” – 1 Thessalonians 5:17

Monday’s don’t have to be such a negative day. It can be one of the best days of the week if you choose for it to be. If you’re like most of us and struggle with negativity (especially on Mondays) I hope you try out some of my suggestions and see how they work out for you.

I send my best wishes to all of you who need a little positivity in your life and I would love it if you would comment below or contact me and let me know if you need prayer. I will put your name on my prayer list and pray for you daily.

To all of you moms of little ones, especially newborns, I know just how difficult being positive can be. It’s a mentally draining, although highly rewarding job, that requires a lot from you. I hope these suggestions help you, even just a little bit, to help get you through these days.

Remember to count your blessings and have an AMAZINGLY POSITIVE MONDAY!

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Much Love,

Hollie Yang

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