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Friday, May 29, 2015

Diatomaceous Earth - What Is It?

What the heck is Diatomaceous Earth your wondering? Well I'm glad you asked! Let me give you a little info on what this stuff is, and some of it's many uses.

Photo Credit Erica Mueller

Diatomaceous Earth (often referred to as "DE") is a white talc-like powder that is the fossilized remains of tiny, aquatic organisms called diatoms. There are thousands of products that contain diatomaceous earth, such skin care products, toothpastes, foods, beverages, medicines, rubbers, paints, and water filters.

There are two types of DE:

  • Food Grade: Is made from freshwater fossilised diatoms, that is ground into a very fine off white powder. The diatom’s skeletons are made up of an ingredient called silica, which is one of the building blocks of the human body.
  • Industrial Grade: This type is NOT safe for consumption or use around your homestead. It's been heat treated, which changes it's chemistry and makes it toxic to humans and pets.

*If you decide to purchase DE, please make sure it is the FOOD GRADE kind. Read the label carefully*

The type of Diatomaceous Earth I'm going to talk about today, AND the one being offered in the giveaway I'll tell you more about below is the good stuff, the Food Grade kind.

DE has many uses, but the ones I'm going to talk about today are for your homestead. You can purchase DE at your local feed store, some plant nurseries, or online. Diatomaceous Earth

Photo Credit Erica Mueller

In The Garden: DE has several uses for your garden.

Hydroponic: DE has similar properties to perlite or vermiculite and retains water and nutrients in the soil, but will also drain well. This makes it a great additive to your garden. Especially if you are dealing with drought conditions, and want to help your soil retain water for as long as possible.

Insecticide: DE can be safely used as an organic means of controlling pests in the garden. To the insects, the diatomaceous earth is a lethal dust with microscopic sharp edges that cut through the insect’s protective covering, causing them to dry out and killing them. Another plus, insects have no way of building up a resistance to DE, the way they can with many of the chemical insecticides.

Photo Credit Erica Mueller

Household Use: Use to get rid of ants, roaches, silver fish, spiders, fleas etc. Put a border of it around the outside of your house and in cracks and crevices.

Pets and Livestock: Can be used to get rid of fleas, ticks, and mites, as well as a natural wormer. Put DE in your chickens dust bath area to keep their coat clean and free of mites. Mix it with your dog, pig, goat or chicken food to aid in digestion, and keep them free of worms and parasites. Has your dog gotten fleas? Dust his fur with DE, and no more fleas!

These are just a few of the many amazing uses for Diatomaceous Earth. I encourage you to do some research, and see ALL of the things people use DE for.

Now for the giveaway! 3 lucky people are going to win some amazing prize packages! Just use the Rafflecopter widget below to enter the giveaway. Good luck!

Win some Diatomaceous Earth and other amazing Items for your homestead!

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This giveaway was made possible by and The Homestead Blogger’s Network. Angels Homestead did not receive any form of compensation for this post or giveaway. I just really like all of the products up for grabs and think you will too.


  1. I heard about the giveaway from my SIL April. Rose @

  2. I came across this giveaway on a giveaway facebook group :)

  3. I've been looking into DE lately and when I googled this came up

  4. this is a great contest and I heard an=bout it from totally homestead site.

  5. I found this giveaway during a Google search.