Egg cartons are a common item that are too often thrown away when we’re done using them. They have multiple uses, many of which are related directly to the homestead or survival.
The next time you run out of eggs in your carton, save that carton rather than tossing it. Here are 10 reasons why:
1. Starting seeds.
Fill up each space on your egg carton with soil and a little water, and then plant your seeds in there to germinate. When the seeds begin to grow into a plant, transport it to another bowl or container, or out in the garden.
This is hopefully the most obvious alternative use for an egg carton. After it’s been used to store your eggs, what’s to stop it from being used to store small items: beads, jewelry, screws and nails, beans or grains? If it’s too unsightly for the homestead, then use it in the shed or barn.
3. Package padding.
If you have any small valuable items that need to be protected while being transported, a combination of bubble wrap and an egg carton is a great way to ensure that this can be done.
Wrap your item in bubble wrap and then place it inside the egg carton. Secure the carton shut for transportation.
4. Ice tray.
Styrofoam egg trays can double as ice trays for an off-gird shelter. It’s imperative that the egg tray is washed and cleaned before setting ice in it, or else the ice can stick and be nearly impossible to remove.
Cardboard egg cartons make great fuel for a fire, especially when melted wax is poured on top. It will be lighted up quickly and can hold a flame for a relatively long period of time. This can either be done in a wilderness survival situation or in your home.
6. Paint palette.
Each space in your egg carton can be used as a place to store individual colors for paint. It’s not a true survival use, but in the homestead, it can work wonders.
Finally, we’ll end with the most obvious use for an egg carton: reusing it as an egg carton! If you raise any chickens on your property, you’ll need to store the hens’ eggs somewhere. Reuse old and clean cartons for storing these new eggs.
What uses for egg cartons would you add to our list? Share your ideas in the section below: