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National Diatomaceous Earth Day – August 31, 2023

National Diatomaceous Earth Day is celebrated every August 31 as a day to introduce people to the useful product called diatomaceous earth. Also known as D.E., it is often used in our households, yet many are unaware of the product and its benefits. Diatomaceous earth is used to filter swimming pools, control insects in gardens, clarify sugar and syrups, e.t.c. Believe it or not, D.E. is an essential part of our lives, and it’s about time we recognize the important role it plays in everyday tasks. This month, do something different and celebrate National Diatomaceous Earth Day.

History of National Diatomaceous Earth Day

Though diatomaceous earth is used in our household, many are unaware of what it is. Diatomaceous earth is created from ‘diatoms,’ microalgae with a single cell. These diatoms are crucial for our planet as they are responsible for about 75% of the world’s oxygen, and there is more to its uses. After they die, they fall into the bottom of the water, and all that is left is their opal skeletons known as frustules. These frustules go on to form diatomaceous earth. D.E. is found in a sedimentary rock formation that can crumble easily into a white or off-white powder. While diatomaceous earth is formed today and can be found in various countries, including the United States, Chile, Peru, and China. It is known to have existed for centuries. And yes, it was used by people in ancient times too! For instance, ancient Greeks used diatomaceous earth as an abrasive and as a building material for bricks. They used D.E. without really identifying what it was or how it originated. In prehistoric times, diatomite was used in the ice-age cave paintings in France.

The real discovery was made in 1836 in Germany when Peter Kasten discovered it while he was sinking a well. He studied D.E. and noticed that it could absorb, filtrate, polish, and stabilize. In its properties, he found a product that many industries would soon invest millions to retrieve. Owing to the importance of D.E., EP Minerals, a leading company in diatomaceous earth, declared August 31 National Diatomaceous Earth Day in 2016.

National Diatomaceous Earth Day timeline

1863 — 1994
The Extraction

D.E. is extracted from Neuohe.

1935 — 1946
The More the Merrier

The American Diatomite Corporation refines 145 tons of D.E. every year.

1960
Killing Them Softly

The first pesticide products containing diatomaceous earth are registered.

2016
The Day is Established

EP Minerals declares August 31 National Diatomaceous Earth Day.

National Diatomaceous Earth Day FAQs

Is diatomaceous earth good for plants?

Yes, it is non-toxic and can be used to control pests in the garden.

Is diatomaceous earth good for chickens?

Yes, D.E. can be mixed with chicken feed.

Will diatomaceous earth harm earthworms?

No, diatomaceous earth does not harm earthworms.

National Diatomaceous Earth Day Activities

  1. Buy some D.E.

    If you really want to celebrate National Diatomaceous Earth Day, head out to the store and buy some D.E.! Also figure out ways you can use it in your household; for instance, as a pesticide in your garden.

  2. Find out more about it

    Do you know everything there is to know about diatomaceous earth? Probably not! Well, now is the perfect opportunity to Google all about it and find out how it is formed and the minerals it contains.

  3. Create awareness

    Now that you know all the important facts about diatomaceous earth, it is time to spread the knowledge! Share a post about D.E. and why the mineral is important.

5 Interesting Facts About Diatomaceous Earth

  1. A healthful mineral

    Its exact role is not clear, but D.E. appears to be important for bone health.

  2. Registered uses

    It can be used against bed bugs, cockroaches, crickets, fleas, ticks, spiders, and other pests.

  3. Used in alcohol

    Diatomaceous earth can be used as a clarifier for wine and beer.

  4. The largest deposit

    The largest deposit of D.E. is in northern Santa Barbara County, California.

  5. Diatomaceous earth and fish

    It is non-toxic to fish and aquatic invertebrates.

Why We Love National Diatomaceous Earth Day

  1. It is informative

    We love National Diatomaceous Earth Day because it spreads awareness and information about diatomaceous earth and how it can be used in the household. Because of this, we know how important and safe D.E. is.

  2. Represents a safe alternative

    We buy so many chemical-based products from stores for daily use. But why should we release so many chemicals in the air and waste plastic when we have diatomaceous earth?

  3. Best way to tackle bugs

    Are you one of those people who are petrified of bugs? If yes, you will love this day because it provides information on how diatomaceous earth can help you get rid of these creepy crawlies.

National Diatomaceous Earth Day dates

YearDateDay
2023August 31Thursday
2024August 31Saturday
2025August 31Sunday
2026August 31Monday
2027August 31Tuesday

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