Raw Zeolite from My Bookcase - Sunni's Photo's
Once again, nature shows us she can do it better, and in reusable fashion. Have you ever wondered if there was a natural solution to pet and household odors, toxic gases, and musty basements? Unlike conventional deodorizers that merely mask odors and certainly don’t address toxic gases, this product literally removes them from the air. This natural alternative is the mineral zeolite, the only mineral known to man to have a negative ionic charge.
What Is It?
Zeolite occurs naturally when volcanic mineral is crystallized. In fact, there are at least 50 different types existing in nature (in rock form), though the type which is recognized as superior is known as the clinoptiolite group. What makes zeolite unusual is that it is the only known negatively charged mineral in an original state, which means it naturally absorbs pollutants from the air. This is because the vast majority of molecules known to exist have some degree of polarity. In other words, they have both a positive and negative side. The positive side of the polarized molecules is attracted to the negative charge of the zeolite crystals. When the positive side of the polarized molecules makes contact with the negative charged surface of the zeolite, the molecules attach themselves to the crystal. If the molecules are smaller than four angstroms, they can enter inside the crystal, taking advantage of the enormous surface area. Technically, this process is “adsorption,” not absorption with a “b.” The process of adsorption refers to the locking onto, or retention of ions or molecules of a gas or liquid, the surface of a different substance.
Zeolite Crystal Structure - Clipart
However, the most remarkable property of zeolite is that, in rock form, it is reusable indefinitely! It is available to the public in one and two pound breather bags that can adsorb odors and gases for up to three months, depending on the situation. After that time, take the bags outdoors to renew them. The action of direct sunlight on the bags causes the gases and odors held in check within the rocks to release, leaving the bags of zeolite fresh and clean ready to use repeatedly. Neat trick, eh?
Zeolite Crystal Structure - Clipart
Zeolite can adsorb toxins such as bacterial odors, formaldehyde, sulfur dioxide etc., as well as toxins like mercury, lead, and radioactive gases. This is why using zeolite made sense to clean up the nuclear accidents at Chernobyl and Three Mile Island. It is also a good drying agent, actually working better than traditional desiccates, such as silica and alumina gels. In Europe, natural zeolitic rock finds its way into building stone as an ingredient in cement or as lightweight insulation, while in Japan; zeolite becomes filler by paper makers.
Over the last few years, zeolite has shown its benefits to chemically sensitive people. Many publications in this country and around the world have written highly of this wonderful mineral. Also, this is an important find to many pet lovers who, instead of using nasty chemicals, have a safe natural alternative to deal with pet odors.
Zeolite in Powder Form - Clipart
Manufacturers also offer zeolite in a non-reusable powder form. The powder can become a deodorizing dry pet bath, or in its finer form, a deodorizer for shoes. Even adding two or three tablespoons to the cat’s litter box weekly will virtually eliminate the offending odor. I hope that many people will one day discard their hurtful chemical products and utilize this special mineral called zeolite.
I’m sure before the general pubic discovered zeolite; the Indians used it, probably discovering its uses by accident. They lived off the land, taking advantage of things in nature, unlike most of us do today.
For any of you who are wondering why I know so much about this, it’s because I used to own a mail order environmental business years ago. Zeolite is more conventional today. Many hardware stores carry it.