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A Moisture-Absorbing Wonder: Diatomaceous Earth

Ever wondered what can absorb moisture, eliminate odors, and even be associated with photosynthesis without being a living organism? Diatomaceous earth is the answer! So, what exactly is diatomaceous earth?

Diatoms are water-dwelling plants, and diatomaceous earth is a naturally occurring, biogenic sedimentary rock formed from the remains of diatom cell walls. Therefore, diatomaceous earth is a natural substance, not a living organism.

Diatomaceous earth has moisture-absorbing properties, similar to other materials like activated charcoal, bamboo charcoal, and coffee grounds, making it effective at absorbing odors.

Moreover, diatomaceous earth is known for its deodorizing capabilities. It works by adsorbing (not absorbing) odorous molecules, which helps eliminate unpleasant smells.

Diatomaceous earth can be used in various household items like wall paints and floor mats. Its additional benefits include air purification, long-lasting effectiveness, self-cleaning wall surfaces, sound absorption, heat insulation, energy efficiency, and fire resistance.

It's important to note that while diatomaceous earth products have multiple functions, they still require regular maintenance and occasional disinfection since they may accumulate bacteria over time, especially in humid conditions.


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