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Who Knew?

 have been researching horticultural techniques since becoming a hyrdoponic gardener. There are lots of little things which the dirt has naturally that you have to artificially supplement, like (in my most recent case) magnesium. 

It was kind of funny that giving a laxative (epsom salts--magnesium sulfate heptahydrate) to the plants would cure them of their recent ills. They don't look consitpated.

Anyway, it was through researching these little tricks of the hydroponic trade that I became aware of a threat that goes by another name.

If your plants are wilted, you can apply a liberal dose of hydrogen hydroxide and they will perk right up. It tells you this in most of these books on hyrdoponic gardening.

But did you know that hydrogen hydroxide goes by another name? 

It's also known as Dihydrogen Monoxide (DHMO). It was through searching for plant wilting symptoms and treatments that I ran across this fact (through a DHMO awareness web site). 

But even if you know it as hyrdronium hyrdoxide, or even hyrdric acid, it's still the same stuff.

Anyway, it can kill you, and if you don't wear protective clothing and use proper quarantines, it can get all over everything. 

This stuff even eats through cast iron!

Here's the facts, from the DHMO website.

Here's a Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) for DHMO, that lists the proper precautions to take when working with it.

Don't be fooled by those astroturf style 'grassroots' organizations that are just fronts for DHMO interests (notice they call it 'hydrogen hydroxide').

The worst part of this is that many people unknowingly consume this chemical almost every day. I kid you not, it's everwhere.

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