Diatomaceous Earth (Food Grade) Bug Killer You Can Eat!
DIE BED BUGS DIE
Diatomaceous Earth (often referred to as "DE") is an off white talc-like powder that is the fossilized remains of marine phytoplankton. When sprinkled on a bug that has an exoskeleton (such as bed bugs, ants or fleas) it compromises their waxy coating so that their innards turn into teeny tiny bug jerky. But it doesn't hurt mammals. We can eat it. We do eat it! It's in lots of grain based foods because lots of grains are stored with diatomaceous earth to keep the bugs from eating the grain!
Die bugs! Die! Die! Die!
I have heard two explanations of how diatomaceous earth works.
diatomaceous earth magnified
One is that on a microscopic level, the diatomaceous earth particles are very sharp looking. These particles stick to an insect and get stuck between its exoskeleton joints. As the insect moves, it gets physically cut up.
The other explanation is that diatomaceous earth sticks to the insect and somehow causes them to dry out. I think this approach involves scratching the insects waxy layer which then allows precious moisture within the insect to get out. So their teeny tiny bug-innards turn into teeny tiny bug-innards-jerky.
DRAIN CLEANER AND DEODORIZER
Baking soda and vinegar are excellent for getting rid of smelly drains and if you do this weekly, your drains will not become clogged.
Dump slowly 1 to 2 cups of baking soda into each drain. Then slowly pour in 1 to 1 1/2 cups of apple cider vinegar. Let that sit overnight before flushing thoroughly with water. Works like a charm every time!
VINEGAR WASH FOR FRUIT NATURAL
I don't know about you, but I always wash my fruit very well before I consume it. I know fruit is coated in pesticides and of course your hard shell fruit like apples, are waxed. Even after a good washing and rinsing, I still feel that I am eating pesticides.
Well, I have recently learned a little trick that I want to share with you. You can use this mixture on any fruit except softer fruit like strawberries. I even do cantaloupes - all fruit that I can. Have you ever thought that if there is any pesticides left on your fruit, when you cut into it, what is on the outside is being transferred to the inside? So, it is important to get it all off.
Take a large punch bowl and fill it over half full of water. Dump in 1 cup of vinegar. Use apple cider vinegar because white vinegar is made from coal tar!! Put your fruit in and let it set for ten minutes. Remove fruit and rinse thoroughly. I usually put my "treated" fruit as I call it, after it drips dry, into ziploc bags. When I want some, I reach in and get what I want and don't worry about eating contaminated fruit.