Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth Household Uses
Did you know diatomaceous earth is used in both gardens and inside the home? Along with being a very effective natural pest control tool, food grade diatomaceous earth is an excellent chemical-free cleaner and deodorizer. Stop buying expensive chemical based home cleaning solutions, and get great results with a 100% natural product. Let’s take a look at all the different ways you can clean your home with food grade diatomaceous earth.
Using DE to clean things in your home
Diatomaceous earth is slightly abrasive enough to be a great all-purpose cleaner! With these steps below we can help you make cleaning things like your shower, tub, tile floor, and kitchen counters much easier and without chemicals.
Add ¼ cup of Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth to a 1-gallon cleaning bucket and fill with 1 gallon of water. Stir to combine.
For disinfecting and good smelling purposes please add the juice of a lemon and/or white vinegar. Also add a drop or two dawn dish soap to help with stubborn stuck on stains.
Clean with mixture and dry immediately when done
Clean Oil & Grease
Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth is very good absorbent and has the properties to absorb oils and grease that normally will stain when dry. Whether this is on clothing or concrete, Food grade diatomaceous earth helps to absorb it. Ever notice the residue that oils and grease can leave behind? You use more paper towels and cloths than you should and all you do is spread the residue around. This product is able to pull the oils from the surface so you don’t spread them around.
With oil or grease the last thing you want to do is leave it sit longer than it should. These types of spills are more difficult to get out the longer you let them sit on a surface. Take our plastic dispenser or some other utensil to scoop and poor or sprinkle over the area where the spill occurred.
Be sure to let the DE sit on the spill or spot for 12-24 hours depending on the size of the spill. De can absorb twice its weight or more in liquid or oils
When you are ready to clean, its best to sweep up any remaining into a dust pan. If you applied to carpet or clothing be sure to break up any clumps before you vacuum off of the surface. Be sure it is completely dry before vacuuming. If on a surface with fabric be sure you vacuum thoroughly.
If a stain is left, be sure to scrub it with a cleaning product or hot, soapy water. When you use DE on the spill, a stain is much easier to clean.
Making Carpet Fresh
Over the course of a year our carpets can harbor some unwanted smells and this occurs for us every winter. We spend all this time inside tracking in dirt and windows are never opened to let cooking smells out. Use this method with our food grade diatomaceous earth to make your carpet smell and look great again!
Many people find an area of the carpet that may be causing a smell but you might as well do the entire area to get the whole job done.
Take our plastic dispenser (holds enough to do 20 square feet) and sprinkle lightly all over the area in which you wish to deodorize. Be sure to apply a little thicker for longer carpeting.
Wait at least 24-48 hours and the longer you wait the better the effect. Go over carpet with a shop vacuum as modern filter vacuums may break or burn up if you vacuum too much at one time. So if using a filtered vacuum, be sure to section your carpeting off into eighths and vacuum each eighth and dispose of the tank and clean the filter before vacuuming any further. Take it slow, it’s better on your machine and better to clean the product up.
Repeat as often as your carpet needs it!
Polishing and Cleaning Silver Utensils
This product is so fine and hard that it is perfect for cleaning silver utensils. See below on how to do this!
Dib a sponge, cloth, or cotton ball in some DE (Do not wet the powder!)
Rub each piece of silver with the sponge, cloth, or cotton ball in a circular motion, being sure to use a little pressure
Repeat the process until the polishing looks even on every part of the surface
With a clean, soft cloth, be sure to rub off any excess food grade diatomaceous earth (Do not wet the silver to try and get the powder off).
Repeat every few years as doing this too often may dull the shine of your silver.
Keeping Your Shoes Fresh
Beings that Food Grade Diatomaceous can absorb odors so well, why not use it for your smelly shoes?
Take your shoes and remove the innards (insoles) if possible
If your shoes are not gel based what you can do is apply 1-3 Tablespoons of the loose powder into your insole and also in the shoe itself.
Leave the shoes sit for 12-24 hours
Vacuum dust from shoes and insoles
Step 5: If using a gel insole or gelled shoes be sure to apply 1 cup or so into panty hose and tie off the two ends and place that inside your shoe for 12-24 hours. Works well with long legged boots!
Repeat as often as necessary
Get the Stink Out of Your Trash
Just like your shoes, your trash can harbor smells and odors that can be unbearable! Just like your shoes DE can help to remove those odors!
Remove any garbage and bag from the trash can
Using our Plastic Dispenser, coat the bottom of the can and dust the inner walls of the can
Place bag back into garbage can.
Do this every now and then or before and after every bag change.
In Conclusion, with these tips we know that chemicals will be used far less in your household and you will be taking a step ahead in become more chemical free! Feel free to contact us at 1-800-228-2836 to place an order or to ask any questions