Vi-Olivia Diatomaceous Earth News and Information


Is Diatomaceous Earth safe to use in the home and garden?

April 11, 2018 Scott Woodcock

Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth, which is primarily composed of amorphous silica, is safe for use around the house, the garden and as a dietary supplement. It is, however, made up of very fine particles that become easily suspended in the air and can cause the same sort of lung irritation that any other household dust might cause. If you are working with Food Grade DE for a prolonged period of time, in a confined space or if you are just particularly sensitive to airborne dust, you should wear a mask or a respirator while working.   Pool or Filter Grade...


What is the difference between Food Grade DE and Pool Grade DE?

April 11, 2018 Scott Woodcock

I know it's hard to believe, but there is a lot of inaccurate information on the internet, and there are a lot of people who are perfectly happy to spread it. Diatomaceous Earth is obviously not immune from this phenomenon. I often see people make claims about the safety of Diatomaceous Earth that just aren't true, or are at least incomplete. The problem is that there are two commonly used forms of Diatomaceous Earth, Food Grade and Pool or Filter Grade. Food Grade DE is perfectly safe to use around the house and even to occasionally inhale, while Pool/Filter grade...


Where does Vi-Olivia Diatomaceous Earth come from?

April 11, 2018 Scott Woodcock

Vi-Olivia Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth comes from an extremely pure, approximately 20-million-year old, fresh water deposit of fossilized Aulacoseira diatoms from the Miocene epoch. There are many different types of diatoms in the waters of the world and they come in many different shapes. Our DE has a tubular type shape that increases surface area and absorption. Fresh water diatoms also produce harder shells and are less mixed than sea water deposits. Our Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth consists of 89-92% amorphous silica (silicon dioxide), trace minerals, less than 0.5% crystalline silica and very low quantities of clay and iron.   ...


What is Diatomaceous Earth?

April 11, 2018 Scott Woodcock

Diatomaceous Earth is simply the fossilized remains of Diatoms. Diatoms are microscopic single cell algae that live in oceans, fresh water and soil. These single-celled organisms create a cell wall made of silica (silicon dioxide) while they live, and when they die in water, they create deposits on the sea or lake floor. These deposits accumulate over time and some are now mined to produce Diatomaceous Earth for industrial, agricultural and domestic use. There are several varieties of Diatomaceous Earth, but the most common available for purchase are: Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth, which is mined from fresh water deposits and...


Hi Everybody!

August 22, 2016 Scott Woodcock

Hello! My name is Scott Woodcock. My wife Jenny and I started Vi-Olivia Distributors and began selling our Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth in 2013. This section of our website is intended to be both a blog about our products and our business, as well as a source of information about what Diatomaceous Earth is and the many ways it can be used in the house, garden and anyplace else we can think of. Diatomaceous Earth is one of the coolest substances we know of and we love sharing information about it and it's uses with our customers and the world....