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.

But, Wait!  There’s More!

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’!

Tornado Survival Checklist For Families

A Tornado survival checklist saves lives.  I remember as a kid out on my Uncles ranch and my Aunt yelling at everyone to get to safety cause a tornado was on the way. Safety was a huge cave a quarter of a mile away from where we were.  You’ve never seen a bunch of people run so fast.

Luckily, the tornado passed us by, but I’ve never forgotten that experience.  You don’t have to live in Tornado Alley to prepare for tornadoes, they can happen just about anywhere.

Tornado Survival Checklist

 Family Tornado Survival Checklist

Create a Family Tornado Survival Checklist and practice it. Make sure each family member knows where to go and what to take with them to be safe in case of a tornado. Know where to meet up after the storm.

What Is A Tornado Watch?

A Tornado Watch means that conditions are right for a tornado to develop. When you hear of a tornado watch, stay close to your weather radio for continued alerts.

What Is A Tornado Warning?

A Tornado Warning indicates a tornado has been seen in the area or that radar indicates the presence of a tornado. When a tornado warning is issued, seek appropriate shelter immediately.

Stay Informed About Possible Tornadoes

In the US the best way to stay informed about severe weather is with *this post contains affiliate links a NOAA weather radio. Does your community use Tornado Sirens? Learn what they sound like, and when you hear one, get to shelter.

Identify A Safe Place For Tornado Survival

An underground shelter or basement is the safest. But if those aren’t available, a small, windowless room or hallway on the lowest level of your home will work.  Your goal is to put as many walls between the outside wall and you as possible.

Bring your emergency binder and your 72 hour kits with you into your Safe Place.   Remember, your emergency binder should include a laminated card for each family member with a list of all the family members and their contact information. If anyone is alone and injured, first responders will know how to reach the next of kin.

You Safe Place should also be stocked with emergency drinking water storage .  Finally, make sure you have a *this post contains affiliate links portable battery power bank as to be able to recharge cell phones and stay in contact with loved ones.

Consider keeping  motorcycle or bicycle helmets on hand to protect from flying debris.

Identify where your local shelter is, and how to get to it, if you need to.  In most cases it will be a school, community center or city building.

Bring your pets with you to your safe place, keeping them crated or on a leash. Don’t forget your pet’s 72 hour kit.

PRO TIP: Looking for more ideas on what to stock a Safe Room with?  Our post on Prepping for Basic Emergencies can help with that!

Tornado Survival Checklist For Families

Tornadoes and Mobile Homes

Do NOT remain in a mobile home during a tornado. Leave and see safer shelter.  Please, no arguing here.

Tornado Survival Checklist If You Are Outdoors

Seek safety in a basement, shelter or inside a nearby sturdy building.

If there is no shelter nearby, see if you can drive to a shelter. If you get caught as you are driving, pull over and park, but don’t turn off the ignition and keep the seat belt buckled.

You want the car to be running so that the airbags can still deploy and offer some protection.  Make sure to keep your head down below the windows and cover your head with your hands and a blanket.

If you are in an open field, get as close to the ground as possible and cover your head.  Stay away from overpasses and bridges. Do NOT try to out run the storm.

What To Do After The Storm

1. Grab your first aid kit, and deal with any injuries.

2. Shut off utilities. Damage to pipes or switches could cause a fire or explosion. Do NOT use lighters or matches in case of a gas leak. Instead grab a flashlight from your 72 Kit.

3. Inspect your home for damage. If you find structural damage, leave and seek shelter, bringing your 72 Hour Kits with you.

PRO TIP: It’s not unusual for municipal water to become contaminated after a natural disaster.  Learn how to Survive A Boil Notice .

Prepared.  Not Scared.

You don’t have to be blown away when tornadoes strike.  A bit of pre-planning will keep your loved ones safe.

Benefits of Medical Grade Honey for Preppers

Honey has been used in wound care for centuries, all the way back to the ancient Egyptians.  Today, people  swarm to Medical Grade Honey for it’s healing properties.

What Is Medical Grade Honey?

Made from New Zealand’s Manuka honey (Leptospermum species), *this post contains affiliate links MediHoney contains  Methylglyoxal, a unique ingredient that provides it’s strong antibiotic benefits.

Interestingly,  pH content of Medical Honey is  more acidic than any other honey, which means much faster wound healing.

 Medical Grade Honey for Emergency Preparedness

Proof.  I Want Proof Medical Honey Works

There are over 234 pieces of evidence to MediHoney’s ability not only to heal wounds, but to heal them faster.  (source)

Medical Honey and Emergency Preparedness

MediaHoney is the perfect addition to medical kits to use when with diabetic ulcers, open wounds, scrapes and burns.  Toss a tube of it into your 72 Hour Kits and Emergency Kits too.

Interested in learning how Activate Charcoal can get your through a tough stomach virus?  We’ve done all the research for you.

How To Use MediHoney

Use MediHoney in paste or gel form like any other wound cream.  Derma Sciences also offers dressings for shallow wounds.

G-Tubes and Excema

One way I use Medical Honey is around my son’s g-tube site.  This miracle honey helps with skin breakdown as well as protecting against inflammation.

Then we have my son’s Remicade treatments causing eczema flares, and this stuff works wonders on eczema.   No kidding.

So.  Medical Grade Honey Is Expensive.

There’s no doubt that Medical Grade Honey comes with a bit of a price tag. While it’s worth the price, I understand the word ‘budget’, too.  Boy do I ever.  So much so that I wrote about how I make my own version of medical grade honey in my post about my DIY Manuka Honey Recipe

What is one thing that you refuse to go without, despite the cost?

Flu Preparedness Supplies: Are You Ready?

Admittedly, its a little late in the season to be talking about getting together your flu preparedness supplies. However, every time I open my Facebook page I am finding another friend lamenting that the flu has just hit their home. It starts with the littlest one throwing up in the middle night and quickly spreads to all the other kids. Just as mom has the final load of sheets in the washer, bam, the all too familiar wave of nausea hits her and dad. All across America this scene seems to be playing out. If you have been lucky enough to escape it thus far, today is the day to get your flu preparedness supplies! Having sick kids is really hard, but having sick parents trying to take care of sick kids is the worst!

Family Flu Preparedness Supplies Checklist

Storing Your Flu Preparedness  Supplies

I keep my flu preparedness supplies in a separate bucket in the storage room. I do this because my kids are  Gatorade hounds and it isn’t something that I normally keep around. If they get even the smallest hint it is in the house, it will be gone! I can’t tell you how many times I would get the flu and crawl into where I knew I had Gatorade stored to find that one of the boys happily stole it for basketball practice. By having a dedicated flu kit I know I always have what I need put away.

Steps To Prevent Getting The Flu:

First, lets talk about what we can do to NOT get the flu in the first place.  An ounce of prevention and all that.

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  • Try to avoid close contact with sick people.  If it can’t be avoided, consider wearing  a N95 or above  emergency face mask.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use hand sanitizer. 

    Get a Flu Shot. Yes, I recognize this can be a controversial topic, but I still recommend it.

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Germs spread this way.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs like the flu.

My Flu Preparedness Supplies And Emergency Checklist

As every Prepper and Survivalist knows, sometimes despite our very best efforts, the flu finds us.  It happens.  Be prepared with your flu preparedness supplies at the ready!

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  • Powdered Gatorade (easier to store the powder, lasts longer, and I can mix it as strong or weak as needed)
  • Ramen. I don’t know why but when I turn the corner and start to feel better I crave chicken flavored ramen. Probably the high sodium in a dehydrated body.
  • Ginger tea and manuka honey  Known for it’s amazing health benefits, manuka honey  improves sore throats and boosts immunity.
  • Peppermint tea
  • Hard peppermint candy (helps sooth stomach and get rid of bad tastes in mouth)
  • Ginger Ale
  • Homemade canned broth
  • Jello
  • Crackers
  • Paper plates and cups. More sanitary and just plain easier on a sick parent
  • Otter pops (throw them into the freezer as soon as you open the kit)
  • Freezer meals for people that are not sick in the houseFlu Preparedness Supplies and Survival Kit

 

Medications and Cleaning Supplies for Influenza Emergency Kits

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  • Motrin and Tylenol (don’t take aspirin)
  • Immodium
  • Zofran (ask your doctor for a prescription to keep in the house)
  • Emesis bags for throwing up in.  The plastic ring keeps the bag open, while it locks shut with a quick twist.  MUCH less chance of spilling than bowls or zip lock type bags.
  • Peppermint essential oil
  • Motrin and Tylenol (don’t take aspirin)
  • Zofran (ask your doctor for a prescription to keep in the house)
  • Emetrol
  • Disinfectant wipes that kill flu germs  I also stock a bottle of Steramine Quaternary Sanitizing Tablets for bigger clean up needs.
  • Masks and gloves for containing the spread of germs.
  • Extra laundry detergent
  • Shelf stable probiotics for the mending process. We like the Jarrow brand.

Get Your Pandemic And Flu Preparedness  Supplies NOW

In conclusion, nobody can predict when the flu will hit your family, but being prepared will make it easier to make it through. A little emergency preparedness and planning goes a long way.  What is in YOUR flu kit that I didn’t mention? I’m always looking for new ideas!