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Washing Shells

Martha Stewart Living, August 2004

Like a swimmer at the beach, seashells need a good shower before they're ready for the house. Getting all the grit out of the shells by hand is a challenge; instead, slip them into the utensil basket of the dishwasher, and run them through a cycle. They'll be clean and ready for display when they come out.

Comments (2)

  • 2 Jun, 2008

    If you do not have a dishwasher,I put my seashells that I got at a yardsale in my kitchen sink and added warm water with a little bleach and let the shells soak for about a hour. I then drained the water from the sink ,"being carefull no shells went down the drain" and rinsed them in plain water.I then again drained the water and put the seashells in a old colander and put them outside in the sun so they could dry.

  • 11 Feb, 2008

    Don't forget lots of sunshine will get rid of the "fishy" smell! Don't forget that pest from everywhere will come for a taste! I lost a starfish because of the birds!