20 beneficial ways to use diatomaceous earth in your life. Uses for garden, home, health, insect control and more. According to Wikipedia, Diatomaceous earth consists of fossilized remains of diatoms, a type of hard-shelled protist.
There are two types of diatomaceous earth. There is Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth which is what this article is about and there is non food grade which heated and sold for pool filters. In this article all the uses talked about are for food grade only. Heating diatomaceous earth causes crystals to form and makes it good for filtering pool water. The crystals would also make it bad to breath in, so please use food grade only.
The way it works as insect control is that if it gets on an insect it scratches their hard shell and then the bug dries out. This makes it a perfect all natural insect control and it great to use for fleas, roaches, ants and other hard shelled insects. When using out doors try hard to not use it on any thing that blooms because the flowers attract the pollinators and they also have hard shells and so the diatomaceous earth would kill them as well.
To see all the other ways to use it for health and home check out the article from Mommy Potamus.
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