Diatomaceous Earth Uses And Benefits

Have you ever heard of diatomaceous earth?  No?  Then today is your lucky day.  Read on to discover  diatomaceous earth uses to benefit your home, garden and family!

What Is Diatomaceous Earth?

Diatomaceous earth is special kind of dirt, found in certain deposits around the world.  Essentially, diatomaceous earth is a fossil, ground into a very fine powder.

This is important!  There are two types of DE:  food grade and industrial grade.  Industrial grade DE is toxic to humans and pets.  *this post contains affiliate links Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth is non-toxic, and beneficial in many ways.   YOU MUST ONLY BUY AND USE FOOD GRADE DIATOMACEOUS EARTH.  Phew.  It feels good to get that out.

 Diatomaceous Earth Uses

Diatomaceous Earth Uses Around The Home

DE is killer on bugs.  The DE scrapes their exoskeleton and dries it out, leaving the little suckers dead.  So, sprinkle DE around windows and doors to protect from ants and spiders.

Diatomaceous earth uses include treating  bed bug infestations.

Sprinkle DE in your carpet or other areas where you think there may be fleas lurking.  Next, rub it in with a broom, and allow it to sit for 4-12 hours before vacuuming up.  You’ll want to do this once a week for 4 weeks to make sure you’ve killed both fleas and their eggs that may hatch down the road.

Sprinkle DE in your garbage cans for odor control.  Because we always seem to get ants around our garbage cans in the summer, we sprinkle DE around our garbage cans too.

Add DE to your buckets of bulk grain storage to keep pests and moisture out.  You’ll need about 2 cups for every 50 pounds of grain or beans.

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Use to clean up oil spills, as  *this post contains affiliate links Diatomaceous Earth can hold up to TWICE it’s weight in liquid.  Afterwards, sweep up the DE and throw it away. Finally, clean with the spot with soapy water.

Fill a container (like a spice bottle) with DE, and stick it in your fridge with the holes of the spice bottle open.  It will take care of any funky odors!

Scour tough stains! Struggling with a tough stain?  Sprinkle some diatomaceous earth on the stain, then scrub it in.  The extra abrasion will help with the stain, and it rinses away clean.

PRO TIP:  While DE can be taken internally, you do NOT want to breath a bunch of it in as you are using it.  This is a good time to grab one of your face masks and protect your lungs.

Water Stain Remover Recipe

Hard water stains around your water facets? DE to the rescue!

Mix together lemon, vinegar, vegetable oil and DE in a small container. Using a damp cloth, use this paste to scrub the deposits away!

How To Use DE In The Garden

Sprinkle a ring around your garden plants for protection against garden pests.  But NOTE:  DE kills the good guys too.  So, it is best to use it only where you have plants that are really struggling from garden pests.

Apply DE to compost piles to keep odors and bugs away.

Are you a beginning gardener?  You’ll want to read our post on Beginning Backyard Vegetable Gardens

PRO TIP:  If DE gets wet, it has to then be reapplied.

What About Bees And DE?

Good question!  I’m glad you asked.

The best time to use DE in the garden is in the morning, before the bees are out, or late in the evening.  Apply DE close to the ground, where bees are less likely to land.  Finally, do NOT apply DE to flowering plants where the bees would be landing to pollinate.

Pro Tip: ONLY apply DE on non-windy days to avoid it being blown all over the garden, and onto flowering plants.

You can use essential oils in the garden for pest control too.  Try our Homemade Garden Bug Spray With Essential Oils.

What Is The Easiest Way To Apply DE?

I find shaking it on with a *this post contains affiliate links cheese shaker to be the easiest.  For small spaces, you could simply fill  an old spice container and shake it where it needs to go.

For bigger jobs, you’ll want to go with bigger shaker bottles, like these *this post contains affiliate links 32 ounce Clear Plastic Spice Bottle Containers.

Health Benefits of DE

FOOD GRADE Diatomaceous Earth uses include being taken internally as a detoxification agent and to help with digestion issues.

Take about one teaspoon of food-grade diatomaceous earth with water once a day. It’s best used on an empty stomach at least one hour before or two hours after eating.

Drink an additional cup of water after each dose of DE to improve its effects. In general, make sure to consume plenty of water with DE and stay hydrated.

Pro Tip: Before starting any new health protocols, check with your doctor! We here at Simply Preparing are NOT doctors, nor do we play them on the internet.

What are your favorite  Diatomaceous Earth uses?  I’m loving finding new uses for this ‘wonder dirt’!

DIY Manuka Honey Recipe For Preppers

Manuka Honey is gaining in popularity today.  Unfortunately, it’s expensive.  Really expensive.   This DIY Manuka Honey Recipe is a homemade alternative I use and enjoy.

Properties of Manuka Essential Oil

Steam distilled from the leaves and stems of the plant, Manuka oil has a woodsy, slightly sweet scent. Manuka essential oil can be compared to Tea Tree essential oil, as Manuka oil benefits the skin in a similar way. 
The benefits of raw honey in our DIY Manuka Honey Recipe

 

DIY Manuka Honey Recipe Ingredients

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* Raw Honey  Preferably organic.

* Young Living Manuka Essential Oil

* A tight fitting lidded glass jar. I really like these jars to store my Manuka Honey Recipe in.  I love the labels and pen they come with.

DIY Manuka Honey Recipe

Pro Tip: New to Essential Oils?  We’ve put together a way to help you learn about essential oils for prepping. 

Steps To Make  DIY Manuka Honey Recipe

In a 4 ounce glass jar combine 4 ounces of honey with 8 drops of Manuka Essential Oil and stir.  Keep tightly covered.

Lookie there!  You’ve just saved yourself a LOT of money!

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A Word Of Caution!

Unlike the store bought Manuka Honey, our DIY Manuka Honey Recipe is meant for TOPICAL USE ONLY! 

No Time For A DIY Manuka Honey Recipe?

Life’s busy. Sometimes a little bit of convenience is worth the cost. Have no fear! Manuka Honey is available for purchase. It comes in different UMF Levels of UMF 5+ (Authentic)UMF 10+ (Premium)UMF 15+ (Super Premium) and UMF 20+ (Ultra Premium).

PRO TIP: The higher the UMF rating, the stronger the taste of the Manuka Honey. If you plan on using this brand internally, you’ve been forewarned.

Medical Grade Honey

Looking for other types of honey for your Emergency Preparedness and Prepping needs? We’ve done the research on Medical Grade Honey for you!

How do you use honey for prepping and self reliance?

Pro Tip: Essential Oils aren’t just for honey!  We’ve got a couple of fabulous soap recipes using Essential Oils just for you!  Check out our Embossed Soap Making Tutorial and  our DIY Lavender Charcoal Soap Recipe. 

Duct Tape Hacks for Preppers

Duct tape has become indispensable to Preppers due to it’s uncanny ability to fix just about anything.  Stock up on duck tape and you’ll be prepared for everything from first aid emergencies, to clothing repairs, to finding your way back to base camp.

 

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Survial and emergency preparedness uses for duct tape. From first aid kits, to camping, to hiking and DIY projects, duct tape has you covered!

Using Duct Tape In Emergency First Aid Situations

Sling for a broken arm:  Fold a long strip of duct tape in half down the middle, so there is no longer a sticky side.  You now have a strip sturdy and flexible enough to use as a sling for a broken arm.

Stabilize a broken leg: Using sturdy sticks as splints, use the duct tape to hold the splints in place.  First, lay sticks on either side of the injured leg. Then hold it all together by wrapping duct tape around the sticks.

Secure a bandage:  Place a sterile dressing over the wound, and strap it in place using duct tape.  This will also create a water proof barrier.  A piece of duct tape can also be fashioned into a butterfly suture.

Make shift mole skin:  Cover the blister and the area around it with a bit of cotton gauze from your first aid kit,  then place a piece of duct tape completely over the cotton gauze.  Make sure that the duct tape doesn’t touch the blister!

Create a Pandemic Seal:  Use duct tape and plastic sheeting to seal a room from the spread of pathogens.

Waterproof your hiking boots using duct tape.

Mend Clothes And Gear With Duct Tape

Repair shoes and clothing:  Who needs a sewing machine?  Did you know this miracle tape come in transparent?

Fix your broken glasses:  We won’t tell the Fashion Police, pinky swear.

Patch up your rain gear:  Duct tape is water proof!    Line the inside of your boots to keep the cold and wet out too!

Keep the creepy crawlies out:  The zipper on your tent busted?  Use duct tape to keep the door to your tent closed.

Have a hole in your sleeping bag?  Duct tape to the rescue!

Splint a broken tent pole or fishing pole.   Tape a stick to the broken part of your tent pole or fishing pole.  It won’t be a long term fix, but it should see you through the current need.

Create Emergency Shelter.  By duct taping together a few of your contractor grade garbage bags together you can fashion a simple survival shelter .  You can also tape branches together and then stretch out and duct tape the garbage bags to those to help provide a wind break/simple shelter.

Fix a broken window screen.

Mend a cracked water bottle:   After making sure the outside of your bottle is completely dry then cover the crack with a piece of tape, and then wrapping the tape around the entire width of the bottle.

Get your car back on the road! Duct tape can be used to repair leaking hoses, hold up a bumper, patch the roof, etc.

Cover tears in vinyl siding:   Apply when the siding is dry, making sure to smooth the duct tape down well. You should get at least a season out of this hack.

20 Ways Duct Tape Can Save Your Life

Camping Hacks

Mark a trail:   Need to find your way back from where you came from?   Wrap duct tape around tree trunks along your route.  Just remember to make sure that each tree is in sight of the next one.

Signal for Help:   Make a giant arrow pointing to where you are, or create a giant S.O.S.  Fluorescent colored duct tape or reflective tape would work the best for this.

Use as a fire starter:  Wrap tape around a bundle of dry lint and then cover the outside with char cloth.

Makeshift torch:  Wind the top of a large branch with duct tape and light it up!

survival uses for duct tape

In the comments below, share YOUR favorite ways to  get yourself out of a jam with this wonder tool!

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15 Minute Prepper: Black Contractor Bags

We believe in simply preparing.  Our 15 Minute Prepper series will focus on things even the busiest of people can implement to achieve their emergency preparedness goals.  Today’s topic?  Contractor Clean Up Bags.

30 Prepper Hacks and Emergency Preparedness Ideas Using Contractor Trash Bags

How To Prep With Contractor Grade Trash Bags:  15 Minute Prepper

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Not just regular trash bags, but contractor grade trash bags.   These bags are 3mils thick and are made to withstand uses normal trash bags would balk at. Remember, you want the 3mil thick bags, rather than the 2mil thick bags.  Contractor clean up bags take up very little space and have unlimited possibilities.

1.  Make a poncho.

2. In addition, you can use a contractor grade tash bat as a ground cover.

3. Seal windows, doors and vents. (You’ll need some duct tape too!)

4. Cut down to size for a make shift diaper cover.

5. Layer between clothing to help keep in body warmth.

6.  Barter item.

7. Dig a hole.  Put a bag in the hole, now you have a make shift sink.

8.  Using duct tape, tape the bags around your pants for snow pants.

9.  Water proof your shoes.  Cutting the bags down to size, cover your shoes with the plastic, using duct tape to secure them around your ankles.

10.  Use as an emergency toilet.  Line a 5 gallon bucket with a bag, stick a toilet seat on top and viola! a great solution to survival waste management.


Pro Tip

A little scoop of an order neutralizer and decay catalyst will make your experience with non-flushing potties much, much enjoyable.  Just keepin’ it real.


11.  Create a wind break, or a bit of privacy.

12.  Using a black contractor bag you can determine wind direction.  The bag will act like a wind sock.

13.  Fill with air and tie off to create a simple flotation device.

30 Emergency Preparedness Prepper Hacks and Uses for Contractor Trash Bags

14.  Use  black contractor bags in an emergency to cover broken or blown out windows from earthquakes, etc.

15.  Instead of shivering in cold water, fill a black contractor bag up with water, sit it in the sun for a while, then hang it from a sturdy branch to use for a shower.

16.  In addition, use a black contractor bag in an emergency to collect rain water.

17.  Cache your food scraps out of an animals reaching by putting them in a contractor bag and hanging it from a tree.

18. A black contractor bag can be used as a rucksack  to haul clothes, food or whatever else you need.

19. After bandaging a wound, cut out an appropriate size piece of a contractor bag and tape it over the bandage. This will keep it from getting dirty or wet.

20. Use as a ‘wet bag’ for dirty diapers.

Seems as contractor clean-up bags are the perfect Prepper hack for many of life’s unexpected curveballs!