I use EM powder in every area of my home. This natural product handles odors, neutralizes toxins and has the capacity to purify water! I use EM powder in the dryer, automatic dishwasher, homemade deodorant and much more.
What is EM Ceramic Powder?
EM stands for Effective Microorganisms. These microorganisms are a blend of various microbes that have been found to benefit the soil, humans and the environment. One of the microbes, phototrophic bacteria, survives heat that makes this probiotic blend unique.
EM originated in Japan in the early 1980s based on the research of Teruo Higo. In his book, An Earth Saving Revolution, Higa states,
“An acronym for ‘effective microorganisms,’ EM is the term I coined for the large group of microorganisms responsible for the regenerative process within the two dynamic forces of nature I have just described.* Photosynthetic bacteria, yeasts, lactic acid bacteria and fungi are just some of the strains of anabiotic microorganisms belonging to the EM group. When a combination of them is present in the soil, and they are proliferating in sufficient numbers, they bring about an increase in antioxidation levels and a resultant intensification in energy concentrations. In other words, their activity instigates the regeneration process, purifying the air and water content of the soil and intensifying plant growth.”
*regeneration and degeneration
What is the EM Powder?
EM powder is a blend of fine ceramics and EMs. Since the phototrophic bacteria survive heat, the ceramic combination works well. Ceramics are made by fermenting special montmorillonite clays with EM and then baked. The various forms of EM ceramics are natural with a wide range of applications.
Where can I purchase EM powders and liquids?
There are at least two U.S. distributors including:
How can I learn more?
I am always expanding my use of both liquid EM and ceramic EM. My favorite powder combination is a blend of baking soda and EM powder pictured above. I combine 1 cup baking soda with several tablespoons of the powder and fill a stainless shaker. I add several drops of tea tree oil, lemon oil or any pleasant smelling essential oil. I keep this next to the dryer and sprinkle the wet clothes with a tablespoon of the mixture. I also use this powder as a soft scrub in combination with liquid castile soap.
I even add it to my homemade laundry powder recipe. View the recipe here.
Some have reported success when it comes to trying to save possessions after leaving a toxic mold environment. I have had no direct experience with this, but research is ongoing when it comes to EMs and toxic mold.