Diatomaceous Earth Stone Bath Mat
What's this, diatomaceous earth, you're in bath mat form now? Are you trying to challenge activated charcoal for the title of Strangest Naturally Occurring Substance You Can Use for Pretty Much Everything?
For those who aren't familiar with it, diatomaceous earth is the crushed-up, broken-down, accumulated remains of fossilized aquatic organisms called diatoms. Diatom skeletons are made of silica, and when they mix with oxygen and water, they form silicon dioxide. Silicon dioxide has been proven to kill pests, so diatomaceous earth has been an ingredient in many pesticides since the 60s. It's registered for use in products made to fight cockroaches, fleas and ticks, spiders, and - shiver - bed bugs.
You can also buy diatomaceous earth as a food supplement and eat it. No joke, dude! You can use it to kill roaches, or put it in a smoothie to cleanse your digestive tract, lower your cholesterol, and promote hair growth. Apparently, it makes a great homemade deodorant or toothpaste too. And, of course, don't forget to buy yourself a Diatomaceous Earth Stone Bath Mat.
Admittedly, most of the diatomaceous earth benefits do have one thing in common: absorption. The compound is highly absorptive, so presumably it will dessicate insects, suck up toxins in your body and mouth, make your armpits less sweaty, and, in bath mat form, dry quickly, and keep water away from your bathroom floor. In fact, seller Minim Home says their Diatomaceous Earth Stone Bath Mat "Dries in minutes or even seconds!"
The bath mat, they say, feels like smooth, natural stone under your feet. Its composition is a combination of diatomaceous earth and recycled paper that is easy to clean with water and a gentle scrub with a coarse sponge. The mat prevents mold and bacteria growth, and never needs to be swapped out for a fresh one, since its nature is to dry almost instantly. The neutral gray of the diatomaceous earth substance, enhanced slightly by your choice of an embossed clover or grass pattern, also makes the stonelike bath mat a worthy design choice for a contemporary, minimalist bathroom.