This article originally appeared on Deprogram Yourself.
Diatomaceous earth (DE) is a naturally occurring rock made from the skeletons of fossilized diatoms, a type of hard-shelled algae. When ground into a great powder, diatomaceous earth works mechanically to damage a wide variety of pests, insects, parasites and pathogens by cutting through the exoskeleton, absorbing bodily fluids and triggering death. Food grade diatomaceous earth is chemical-free and non toxic.
Protect grains and dry food items
Backyard and garden
Sprinkle DE along outside edges on window sills and doors to prevent spiders and ants from getting in your house
Apply diatomaceous earth on garden soil and plants to secure them from vegetable-loving pests. Make a ring around the stem on the soil to avoid crawly bugs from munching stems