How do YOU wash your eggs??

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by tedabug, Jul 15, 2010.

  1. tedabug

    tedabug Songster

    May 2, 2010
    Pacific Northwest
    We're just starting to get eggs and I'm not sure what is the best way to wash them. So far both eggs have been clean looking, but I'm curious what you do? I'm guessing don't wash them if you leave them on the counter. Wash when ready to eat. What soap do you use?
  2. M@M@2four

    [email protected]@2four Songster

    Mar 12, 2008
    I just keep a soft scrub sponge for them and if they are dirty, gently rinse them under water and scrub any dirt/mess off with the sponge. I lay a dish towel on the counter and just lay them there to dry and then move them to the fridge when dried. I never use soap as eggs are porous.
  3. Missoula Chicken Lady

    Missoula Chicken Lady In the Brooder

    Mar 2, 2009
    Hi! I don't ever get my eggs wet. When they get wet, the natural protein coating that protects the egg from drying out (and from absorbing bacteria or green pepper smells from your fridge) is destroyed. So I just use a little sandpaper if they're really dirty -- but otherwise, I just leave them alone -- I figure I'm not eating the shell!
  4. dipence71

    dipence71 Songster

    Apr 13, 2009
    Murrayville, IL
    I don't wash unless they are icky. Then I rinse and use a scubby brush on them and only until cleaned off not major scrub. Then dry and put in fridge, because once washed they loose the bloom and are more susceptible to going bad if left out.
  5. swordgeek

    swordgeek Chirping

    Jun 23, 2010
    Westford, MA
    I don't wash mine either, unless the birds got their muddy little feet all over them. Then I give them a little rinse with cool to tepid water and let them dry before putting in the fridge (the eggs, not the birds).

    I do wash them thoroughly with soap and hot water, then let them dry, prior to grinding them up for calcium supplements to their food.
  6. kuntrygirl

    kuntrygirl Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

    Feb 20, 2008
    Opelousas, Louisiana
    Because I sell so many eggs every week, I have to wash mine but I do not wash them until the day that the orders go out. When the eggs are picked, they go straight in the fridge. As my orders come in for eggs, I take the eggs out of the fridge, wash the real dirty eggs with only water and a towel and put them back in the carton and deliver ASAP. The eggs that are not dirty, I do not wash them. I just wipe them off with a dry towel to make sure no feathers or hay or anything like that is on them.
  7. gallusdomesticus

    gallusdomesticus Songster

    Nov 14, 2008
    Lynn Haven, FL
  8. tinychicky

    tinychicky Songster

    Mar 24, 2010
    Hollis, New Hampshire
    i scrub them with a scotch-brite scrubby thingy (u like my awesome vocabulary??) just don't get them wet because that decreases the level of freshness much faster. i personally don't see the point of even washing eggs yur gonna eat yourself-i don't eat eggshells, do you?
  9. 33yardbirds

    33yardbirds Songster

    Jun 15, 2010
    Southern New Jersey
    I was told by my Grandmother that washing an Egg will make it dehydrate and it will not keep as long. Just take the real eyesores of with a warm damp Terry Cloth.
  10. 4boysmom

    4boysmom Songster

    Jun 12, 2007
    I only wash the ones that are really dirty...if it's just a spot or 2, I wipe with a damp cloth or paper towel

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