This egg washer sells for a burly $135 on Amazon.You’d have to wash and sell a lot of eggs to make that much money, so here’s a DIY version of the egg washer that works just as well, and costs a fraction of the price to cobble together, even if you buy all the parts new.
The homemade egg washer works in a similar way to the commercial version.
Air is pumped at 15psi from the compressor, through the hose, into the washer, past the ball valve, down the neck, and into the base. Holes in the base allow air to escape up through the water, which holds submerged dirty eggs in a wire basket. Users report that eggs take about 15 minutes to clean spotless.
Note: Both versions require an air compressor, which can be a significant cost. The following short video clip shows the washer in action.
Ingredients for DIY egg washer:
- 5 gallon bucket (you should have lots already!)
- wire basket (must fit inside bucket)
- air compressor (used is cheaper!)
- air hose quick connect (make sure it works with your model)
- 1″ PVC T joints x3 (link)
- 1″ PVC elbows x5 (link)
- 1″ PVC piping, 6-8 feet (can use scraps if you’ve got them)
- 1″ PVC ball valve (link)
- (optional) plumbers tape, gaskets, rubber seals (to eliminate any air leakage)
After assembling all your parts, you will need to measure the bottom of your bucket to make sure the base of your egg washer will rest on it comfortably. Click any of the following images for a larger version.
After piecing your base together, use a 1/4″ drill bit to make an array of holes as pictured here. This part of the egg washer will be submerged in the final product, and you want to eject air evenly throughout the water to ensure even cleaning.
The most complex part of this design will be to properly attach your air hose quick-connect to the body of the egg cleaner. Use of rubber washers and plumber’s tape should help you get an even fit.
I’ve seen this design used with very small baskets, or with large baskets that hold many more eggs for the bulk producer (pictured.) Any wire basket that fits inside your 5 gallon bucket should work, just be sure to leave enough room for your 1″ PVC pipe stem.
Here’s a final video showing off a finished unit. If you need more information, I’ll link to the DIY egg washing sources I used for this article below.
- Egg Jacuzzi - Pauley Principle blog
- DIY Egg Washer – Backyard Chickens forum
- Incredible Egg Washer - commercial version (sold on Amazon)