DE as a Cleaner

DE as a Cleaner

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Diatomaceous earth is a unique product in its ability to kill bugs, absorb spills, and preserve food. It also can be used as an abrasive, yet gentle cleaner. It's the right combination of deep cleaning and gentle cleansing that you can use in a number of ways.

It works on its own with a damp cloth to scrub counter tops, stainless steel, silverware, and many others. For a deeper cleaning effect, just add a touch of vinegar or lemon juice, maybe some dish soap to the mix, and you've made an abrasive cleaner. The fossilized silica in the DE becomes a strong scrub, while its porous nature works to absorb stains.

Household Items That Can Be Cleaned With DE


Polishing and Cleaning Utensils

First, make the paste by adding a few drops of lemon, vinegar, milk, or vegetable oil. Mix all of these or one of these with some DE. Use a moist cloth to dip into the mixture. Rub the utensils with the cloth. Then rinse the utensils. Also, you can clean silver utensils only using DE and a cloth. Just rub it on.


Keep Silverware from Tarnishing

This works well with silverware that isn't used regularly. Place the silverware on a sheet of plastic wrap or aluminum foil. Next, dust a little DE powder on top. Then, wrap it up until the next use. You can also wrap a little DE and silverware into a muslin, thin cotton, or handkerchief cloth. Either way, make sure to wash the flatware before using it again.


Using DE as a Cleaner

This is simple. You can put some DE into a spray bottle or in a bucket, whichever way works best for your cleaning. In the spray bottle with DE, add water, a few drops of vegetable oil, and a bit of lemon juice or vinegar. To this mix, you can also add a small squirt of dish soap. For the bucket mixture, add some dish soap, vegetable oil, and some lemon juice or vinegar with the DE. Stir this mixture into a paste.


As a Polish for Faucets, Showers, and Sinks

You can apply the same cleaning paste above to use a polish and scrub for your bathroom. Just mix the paste and wipe down any needed areas. It works great to scrub and shine faucets, sinks, and showers because of its unique cleaning nature.


Polishing Copper Bottom Pots and Pans

Just as you can clean the utensils with a paste, you can do the same with copper bottom pots. Just mix together DE, a few drops of vinegar, lemon juice, vegetable oil, or milk. Or you can dip a cloth in some vinegar; just make sure to wring it out. Dip the vinegar cloth into some DE and lightly scrub the pot.

Helpful Tips and Warnings

  • Diatomaceous earth is a great odor neutralizer. Learn how to use diatomaceous earth to deodorize your carpet, home, or outside garbage.
  • Be sure to use food grade diatomaceous earth.
  • Look for other ways to use DE in your home on our Home Uses page.

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