Ok so I went to a homeschool thing at the museum today and they had a comment on how much water it takes to get one egg. The answer was 120 gallons of water btw. So I asked about it and they had no answer on how they got that figure. She assumed though that it was from the large amounts of water needed to clean and sanitize the eggs. So of course I was like, ahhh ok large industry egg production only. So of course that got us on the topic of eggs and why I asked. So that brought up chickens in the backyard. Anywho I said really you don't need to wash eggs that much. If the boxes and coop are kept clean then the eggs will be too. of course she was like " oh my god you don't wash them." me being me said " nope, not until I am ready to use and then mine just need a gentle wiping down before I use them. I only have one chicken who is a miss piggy and lays hers in any mud puddle she can find. Generally her eggs go back to feeding the chickens or the dogs anyway." She seemed really doubtful that this was safer than the sanitizing that the commercial eggs go through. So here is the question. How do you guys treat your eggs. I dry wipe my down if there is something on them but I do not really wash mine. Honestly they are pretty dang clean. The girls are good about laying in the boxes for the most part. Do you guys sanitize? If so how do you do this and what is the benefit?