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Diatomaceous Earth (also known as silica) is a soft white powder that is formed from fossilized remainders of diatoms. D.E is found underwater in rivers, lakes, oceans and streams and 85%-90% of it is pure Silica, which is a vital mineral that is crucial to healthy hair, skin, bones and nails. D.E is known to have plenty of beneficial qualities and here are some that may also strike as unusual benefits.

1. Kitchen Deodorizer

Refrigerators have many foods and drink items that are kept inside for days and sometimes month, which leave smells of different kinds that all combine to make an awful odor every time someone has to open the fridge. Placing a small container of D.E inside the fridge or even the freezer if necessary, can lessen or remove horrid smells. See:

2. Toothpaste

D.E is a natural substitute to commercial toothpastes. It controls bad breath and has the ability to clean teeth in the most natural manner. Adding flavor to it and sprinkling some D.E powder on a toothbrush is the new way to brush teeth.

3. Home Pest Control

Pests include things such as ants, spiders, cockroaches, and also bedbugs.  Sprinkling some D.E over the bed will kill all bedbugs and any other kind of bugs around the area and will also eliminate their eggs. Sprinkle just about anywhere these creepy crawlies are residing; cabinets, bathrooms, windowsills, kitchen floors and counters and other common areas of the house. (1)

4. Shampoo

Adding it to regular shampoo or just sprinkling it in the hair and massaging the scalp will both work. For people who have a lice infestation can also use D.E. Keeping it in the hair and washing it out by the end of the day should kill the lice or prevent it from growing. D.E is also a good alternative for shampoo as it is beneficial for hair growth especially for people who have thin hair or suffer from hair fall.

5. Storage of Food

D.E is also used to store food and make it last longer. The D.E powder can be added with foods such as beans and wheat to increase their shelf life. Using cloth packets of D.E in food would be recommendable as it would keep the food dry and avoid any chances of the food rotting away.

6. Feet Fungus

For people suffering form fungus on their feet or toenails can add D.E to their socks or shoes on a daily basis. The D.E will dry up the moisture by getting rid of any water that comes out of the fungus, and will also remove any bad smells from socks and shoes.

7. Deodorant

As D.E is already used as a deodorizer in the fridge, it will also do the same for the body. Sprinkling some D.E in the underarms will keep anyone from sweating too much and will help stay fresh. The D.E will absorb any moisture and will therefore keep one smelling fresh and clean. (2)