Diatomaceous earth isn’t just for swimming pools anymore. As a matter of fact, more and more people are using it not just around the home but for health purposes too!
Did you know that human beings can ingest diatomaceous earth? Yep, it is true. The only catch…you have to make sure it is “food grade”. It is readily available in most stores.
Diatomaceous Earth and Its Uses.
Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth
Food grade diatomaceous earth should be fairly easy to find in most commercial stores like Home Depot or Lowes, and even Walmart.
How to know if it is food grade:
First, it should have no more than 10mg. per kg. of lead and no more than 10mg. per kg. of arsenic.
Second, it must have a label applied by the Food Chemical Codex Rating or FCCR.
Third, it must show approval from GRAS, (Generally Recognized as Safe).
Fourth, it must be pure white or off white in color as any other colors are not acceptable as food grade.
Finally, it must have EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) labels that include:
- Animal Feed Additives
- Grain Storage Protectant
- Anti-Caking Agent
- Trace Mineral Supplement
How to Use Diatomaceous Earth
Uses for Pests:
- Kills bedbugs, spider, ants- sprinkle around the house, leave for 3 days, vacuum, repeat for 30 days. Can use on windowsills, doorways, on the mattress, and in cabinets.
- Rids hair of lice.
- Kills fleas and ticks on dogs/cats -just rub in the skin every 2 weeks.
- Works as a natural insecticide in the garden. Sprinkle around plants every 2 weeks.
- Sprinkle 1/4 tsp. in dogs/cats food daily for worms.
- Controls parasites in chickens.
Uses for Personal Beauty:
- Sprinkled on toothpaste 1 x per week whitens teeth.
- Makes an excellent facial scrub.
- Improves thin hair and helps eliminate hair fallout.
- Use as a deodorant or with other ingredients to make DIY deodorant.
Uses for Maintaining Health:
- Lowers cholesterol with zero side effects.
- Sprinkled in socks can help eliminate foot and toenail fungus.
- Stops smelly feet when sprinkled in your shoes and boots.
Uses for Animals:
- Added to chickens food makes stronger and better tasting eggs.
- Increases milk production in cows when added to feed.
- Improves coats and hooves when added to feed.
Uses for In and Around the Home:
- Placed in a cloth packet acts as a moisture absorber in food.
- Polishes/cleans stainless steel when combined with fresh water, lemon juice, and a few drops of dish soap into a paste. Rub on, rinse.
- Also, polishes copper and silverware as above.
- Rids garbage can of odors.
- Eliminates odors in the fridge.
- Sprinkle in the litter box to help with odor.
- Can be mixed into compost to eliminate odors.
As you can see, diatomaceous earth is helpful in a variety of ways. If you have concerns about using diatomaceous earth, you can read this article from The Prairie Homestead, which addresses the use of diatomaceous earth in the garden and the effect on bees. For a more detailed look at the pros and cons please see this post from Pest Strategies.
You can also do your research about diatomaceous earth here, where you can most likely find the best answers to your questions and concerns.
Have you tried using diatomaceous earth around your homestead? Let me know in the comments below!