Cleaning Farm Eggs

Egg Washing, Good or Bad?

Personally, I do not wash eggs. Unwashed eggs have a natural antibacterial coating called bloom, therefore, I highly recommend dry cleaning farm fresh eggs. If you absolutely have to clean them, using a sanding sponge or loofah will help preserve most of the bloom intact. Make sure you sanitize your cleaning materials for cleaning eggs, every time.

Why Not Wash Eggs?

Bacteria, plain and simple.  Did you know that submerging eggs in cold water causes the pores in an egg shell to pull bacteria from the surface and into the egg?  If you are not concerned by this and still want to wash eggs, always use warm water and dry each egg thoroughly before storing.  Many poultry keepers then use a sanitizing spray of diluted bleach before storing, I do not.

Here at TBN Ranch, dirty eggs are either washed and immediately eaten, pitched in the trash, or scrambled up and feed back to the birds, shell and all. They love them, and it’s an excellent nutritional source.

More information on egg bloom: Better Hens and Gardens

amy elizabeth, TBN Ranch


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amy elizabeth, writer, author, antique dealer. Lives in the northeastern reaches of the Sonoran Desert on a small hobby farm.
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3 Responses to Cleaning Farm Eggs

  1. Bassas Blog says:

    I never knew that! You say that you don’t wash eggs but in your last paragraph you say “Here at TBN Ranch, dirty eggs are either washed….”

  2. tbnranch says:

    Can never be too safe with eggs!

  3. Bongo says:

    I learned something new again. I had no idea bacteria could get into an egg by washing it.

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