Many of freshly laid eggs will be dirty, having mud, feathers and chicken poop attached to them. When you plan to give them to friends or selling them out, you may want to have the eggs washed to have a clean look.

how to clean eggs

Shall we Wash Eggs?

When eggs are laid by chickens, there is a natural protective coating that is also laid on top which is called “ bloom”. This kind of coating can prevent harmful bacteria from transferring to the inside of the egg. After washing, the bloom has been washed off, thus lost the protection, then bacteria will penetrate through the pores of the shell and go into the egg. For this reason, washing eggs is illegal throughout much of European countries. They prefer good husbandry on farms to produce clean eggs.

Dry Clean Your Eggs

If anyway you decide to clean your eggs which are very soiled, you can use sand, sanding sponges, sandpaper, steel wool, loofah or a dry, rough cloth to gently rub the egg. Try just rubbing the dirt but not the clean areas, which will keep as much of the bloom intact as possible. A damp cloth can be used to wipe the small spots left by manure. Remember to let eggs air-dry completely before putting them away.

Wash Eggs Correctly

If you do decide to wash your eggs, wash them as soon as you collect them to limit the opportunity of contamination. Always use water that is slightly warmer than the egg itself, as cold water will make the inside of the eggs shrink, creating a vacuum that pulls bacteria inside the egg. Use the water at least 11°C above the temperature of the egg. Don’t leave the eggs to soak in the wash water. After washing, allow eggs to completely air dry before storage.

Egg Washing Machine

For those places which require washing eggs before further processing, such as bakery, eggs powder factory, liquid egg processing factories, food-related with egg liquid factory, we have egg cleaning machines which use a nylon brush or stainless steel wire ball brush to clean eggs, which can wash 2000-5000 eggs per hour.