Depending on the situation, there are several ways to apply diatomaceous earth: around the house, in the garden, on your pets, and many other places. It comes in a loose powder, so it can be messy to use without applicators or measuring utensils, but it this article, we'll show you how to apply diatomaceous earth (DE) quickly and easily.
DE is most effective when dry because the diatoms will vigorously absorb unwanted spills and smells or dehydrate insects. However, there are also circumstances where a wet application is needed, and the DE will be effective once it dries.
When applying diatomaceous earth (or any fine dust) in large amounts, you should wear gloves, a face mask, and protective goggles. This is to prevent irritation to the skin, eyes, and lungs.
Diatomaceous earth is unique in its versatility. It can be used and applied in a way that works best for you. For instance, dry treatments can be applied with a flour sifter when working around the house. You can sprinkle it in cabinets, window sills, garbage cans, around baseboards, beneath refrigerators or stoves, on pet beds, and many other areas. A flour sifter would also be useful for a light treatment on the carpet, when dealing with insects, or you could use it to sprinkle your garage and around the perimeter of your home. You can also find specialty applicators on our website.
If you need to apply diatomaceous earth to areas where dry DE won't stick, the wet application method is a great option. Mix the two at a ratio of four tablespoons of DE per gallon of water and apply in a thick coat to tough spots, like the tops and undersides of your plants.
You can also use a wet mixture of DE as a cleaner around the house.
You can use a turkey baster to apply diatomaceous earth along cracks and corners in your home or other hard to reach places. A salt or pepper shaker will work well for small spaces as well. For another precise method, you can use a paint brush to work the diatomaceous earth into a specific area. Also, nylons and mesh bags work well to use diatomaceous earth as a deodorizer in your home.