How to Clean Seashells
Most of the time seashells have no critters in them when
you pick them up at the beach. However, sometimes you will find
one that still has a crab or snail in it. Believe me, if you don't
clean it out, it's gonna start stinking!
There are different ways to do this:
it - Dig a hole in your flower bed and bury the sea shell
about 12 inches deep. Leave it buried as long as you can. In a few
days the animal inside will be dead and should slip out. If you
leave it much longer, worms and bacteria will eat the animal out
of the shell and leave it clean.
it - Cover the shell with water and freeze it. When you are
ready to clean the shell, thaw it out, grab hold of the animal inside
and pull it out.
it - Boil the sea shells in water. Remove with tongs, and
using a towel, grasp the seashell and pull the animal out.
it - Cook the sea shells in your microwave, and grab the
animal inside and pull it out. (This one will stink up your microwave)
water - Cover the seashell with fresh water (not salt water).
Allow it to sit in the fresh water for several days, changing the
water daily so it doesn't stink too bad. The fresh water will kill
the animal and you should finally be able to pull it out.
NOTE: If part of the animal breaks
off inside, your sea shell will really STINK! The best way I have
found to get rid of any leftover animal matter inside the shell
is to stir up a fire ant bed and put the shell in it. In a few days
the shell will be as clean as a whistle.