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postheadericon Diatomaceous Earth FAQ


We get many questions asked to us every day — KEEP ON ASKING–we want to answer all your questions.  Here is a list of FAQ you might want to look over 1st to see if the answer is here:

1. How can something that kills bugs be safe for me and my pets?

Remember–Diatomaceous Earth kills insects by PHYSICAL action—not chemical.  Hundreds of the microscopic DE get all over the insects body.  As the insects move, the DE scratches the waxy coating off of them and they dehydrate and die.  Because the DE particle is so small–it has no harm to people and pets.  It is a simple mineral—silica.           

2. Is the same product used for killing bugs and helping people?

All the Diatomaceous Earth we sell is the exact same product dug out of the same mine. Because Diatomaceous Earth kills insects, it falls under the control of the EPA. Becasue of that, we sell both regular labeled Diatomaceous Earth and Diatomaceous Earth with the approved EPA label. You can buy either product, but if you are going to be using Diatomaceous Earth for killing insects, you are supposed to buy the EPA labeled product.

3.  How much DE should a person take each day?

Myself, my wife, and everyone I know takes 1 heaping tablespoon per day in liquid of their choice.  I use juice, but many just put in a glass of water.  I know some who take 2 or 3 tablespoons a day, but that is usually for a severe problem they are trying to correct.  I also know some who just take a teaspoon per day to start out with and work up to a tablespoon.

4.  I have heard DE is dangerous–especially breathing it in.

Food Grade DE often gets confused with filter grade DE.  Filter grade DE starts out as food grade, but it is heated to about 1000 degrees and chemicals are added to crystallize it.  This works great for filtering but is dangerous to people and animals. Breathing the crystallized product in over long periods of time causes a disease called silicoses.  The world health org. has said that DE needs to be less than 2% crystalline silica in order to be considered safe.  The filter grade DE is 60% crystalline!! — Stay away from it — it is dangerous!!  Perma-Guards food grade DE on the other hand is less than .50% crystalline silica.  As you can see, that is more than 4 times less than it needs to be to be considered safe! Daily use of Food Grade DE for people, pets and around the garden is perfectly safe.  Food Grade DE should be treated like any other dusty product, if you are going to breath it in over long periods of time, wear a dust mask —- but it should in no way be compared to the dangerous crystallized filter grade.

5. Will DE interfere with any medication I am now taking?

 Diatomaceous Earth is a mineral—silica.  We have never ran into a situation in the thousands of orders sold where anyone has had a problem or reaction to taking DE.  If you have any questions as to interactions with medications you are taking—ask your doctor or pharmacist if taking a silica supplement will cause any problems.

6. If this stuff is so great, why have I never heard of it before?

You have to remember that it is always “all about the money.”  No one is going to spend millions of dollars and years of research on a product that you dig out of the ground and that cannot be patented.  Diatomaceous earth is one of those hundreds of natural products that get shunned by most doctors and drug companies.  Most DE is sold and used by someone who has a friend or relative that has used it and gotten results.  You would think that is would be just the opposite—that a natural, safe, non-chemical and drug product that is inexpensive and has so many uses would be in every home in the country, but chemicals and drugs are where the big money is, so that is what gets promoted and used.

7. Why are your prices so much less than others selling DE?

Two reasons — 1st is because we buy Perma-Guard in such big amounts — we get 50,000 pounds at a time.  This gives us the lowest cost available.  2nd–because we sell so much, we take a much smaller markup per item.  Most sellers of DE buy just a few bags to a pallet at a time and take bigger markups per item. 

8.  Do you have pricing for large amounts of DE?

Yes!!  We have discounts starting for as little as 5 bags.  Of course the more you get the less the product is and the less the freight is.  We have several that buy a pallet at a time. (36-50# bags)  Depending where you live, you can get a pallet delivered for around 900-1000 dollars total cost.  Call 1-800-228-5836 for exact pricing.

9.  Can I distribute your products?

Yes!!  We encourage anyone to resell or repackage anything they buy from us. You can put it in any size package and sell it for whatever you want to. You can also reprint or use any info we have on our internet site.  The main goal is to get people using DE—-any way that can happen is fine with us.

10.  Do you ship to other countries?

Yes, we will ship anywhere.  Since the web site is not set up for international shipping, you need to call us at 402-371-6111 to get a quote.

11. Can I pickup DE myself to save shipping costs?

Yes.  We are located in Norfolk Nebraska.  We can also arrange for pickup in Omaha Nebraska or anywhere in-between the two.  If anywhere close, this is a big savings!!

12. What is the total analysis of DE?

        Click here for Perma-Guard Analysis

        Click here for independent lab analysis

13. Does diatomaceous earth ever get old or expire?

No, diatomaceous earth is a mineral and will never expire—remember–it is already thousands of years old!!

14.  Can I get a MSDS sheet on DE?

        Click here for Perma-Guard MSDS sheet

18 Responses to “Diatomaceous Earth FAQ”

  • Tip:

    Do you take D-Earth with food or without?


  • janet:

    Is this a clay an if so what kind?

  • Cindy:

    I eat it with yogurt or whip it with a protein shake. You wouldn’t want to eat it as is… It is just like flour.
    I have mixed it with orange juice.

  • Cindy:

    It looks just like flour… Not a clay

  • Tanya:

    What is the best time of day to take DE? Does it matter if I take it before bed or close to bed time?

  • Tanya:

    Does it interfere with vitamin absorption? Should I take my vitamin and mineral supplements first and wait a while before taking the DE?

  • Cindy:

    Tanya everyone is different and you have to find what works best for you. I have heard a few people that if they take it at night they have so much energy that they are unable to sleep. I am able to take it any time… morning or night.. it does not seem to have any effect on me. You just have to find what works best for you,

  • Cindy:

    Tanya… I would try and space them out…. if at all possible at least 2 hours between them…

  • Tanya:

    Thanks Cindy.. I was just thinking that our bodies shut down digestion during sleep mode so I was thinking it may not be advised to take it close to bed time as it would just sit in the gut, not really moving along. But, not really sure if that is accurate. I have taken it at night and had no problems with excessive energy etc. Just more concerned with maximizing the effects of it.

  • Cindy:

    I take mine in the AM….my thought is so that it can do it’s THING during the day. It is so important to drink lots of water when you take DE…
    Having said those 2 things I think that is why I decided to take it in the am….. but as I said everyone is different. Some people have chosen to take it at other times… They must have a reason. But it sounds like you and I are thinking along the same line…. I think the most important thing to do it to take it on a regular basis and drinking an additional amount of water.

  • I have been loving taking DE morning and night and wonder if I could hurt myself by taking too much. I had a mild ache in my liver last night that felt connected…?

  • Can you use DE to help clear candidaisis?

  • Cindy:

    Yes…Diatomaceous Earth (DE) can help with a Candida yeast infection. DE has a positively charged, and candida and other fungi or bad bacteria have a negative charged. The honey comb shape of DE traps the bad stuff as it moves through your GI tract. While the DE is trapping and collecting the bad stuff it is always scraping the built up yuck on the inside walls of your intestines.
    In addition to taking DE you should also limit the amount of sugar that you are consuming to help clear up this infection. Men as well as women are able to get a Candida infection.

  • Cindy:

    When you take DE you should start out with just a small amount and work your way to NO MORE than a heaping tablespoon once a day. I do hear from people who take more than that but I really don’t think there is any need to take more than a heaping Tablespoon once a day. Though I am sure that many would disagree.
    One of the main things that you should be doing when you are eating Food Grade DE is to drink plenty of water…. You want to drink more water so that the honeycombed shaped DE is able to MOVE freely though your body collecting the impurities as it goes along and then eliminate them.
    Many people have discomfort when they first start taking DE…. Most of the time that is because it is working as it should…. That feeling of discomfort is often lessened when the amount of DE has been reduced….
    I would suggest you cut back a bit on your DE intake and increase your water.. if that helps SLOWLY work your way back up to the maximum amount that I suggest of 1 heaping Tablespoon…. Keep us updated on your progress

  • Awesome thanks for your answers. I will cut back. Lately I’m getting stuck bowelwise every other day and being uncontrollably soft on the alternate days.I drink about a gallon of water a day naturally and take magnesium at night. Ideas? It seems that DE at bedtime would be optimal with probiotics to scour during sleep. What do you think?

  • Cindy:

    Sounds like your doing things right to me. I love that you drink all that water.. Everyone is different.. some people find that DE gives them energy and can not sleep if they take it at night. We all have to find what works best for us… Cindy

  • I have diverticlutis can I take this de stuff or will it clog my pockets worst

  • Cindy:

    Hi Alma…. I wrote a post about this. I am not a Doctor…. But to me taking DE would be of help to you.. because of how it works. You MUST start out very slowly and drinking lots and lots of extra water…..Please keep us posted on your progress… Here is the link to the article.

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