After You Read This, You’ll Never Throw Away These Little Silica Gel Bags Again!

We find them everywhere, popping out of all sorts of packaging, lurking like an ugly bug in vitamin bottles and new shoes. Working freight at my store, I touch dozens of silica packets each day and have often wondered what I can do to recycle them. Couldn’t we collect them and send them off to a manufacturer for reuse?

Silica gel is a desiccant, a substance that absorbs moisture. Despite its misleading name, the silicate is actually a very porous mineral with a natural attraction to water molecules. Manufacturers utilize the gel to keep goods from spoiling, molding or degrading due to humidity. The gel itself is nontoxic, but can have a moisture indicator added (cobalt chloride) which is a known toxin that turns pink when hydrated and is otherwise blue in its dry form. Most silica found in our food and household purchases looks like tapioca beads and is benign unless combined with certain chemicals.

Ever buy a new pair of shoes to find those silica gel packets inside, only to throw them out? Well stop it!

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We usually throw them away, but you may want to stop after you see all the different uses for them.

1. Make razors last longer.

That’s right, instead of placing your razor on the bath tub or sink, put it back in the plastic container with a couple silica gel packets. They’ll last longer that way.
Gather your razor blades and keep in a container with several silica packs to stave off oxidation.

2. Save a water-logged phone.

It sucks dropping your cell phone in the toilet or accidentally washing it, but these things happen. Accidents happen. These gel packets are here to help you out. Forget the jar full of rice. Fill a jar with these packets and plop your phone in.
Dry out electronic items such as cellphones and iPods. Remember after the device has gotten wet, do not turn it back on! Pull out the battery and memory card and put the device in a container filled with several packs. Leave it in there at least overnight.

3. Keep them in your gym bag.

The purpose of the silica gel packet is to remove moisture, and one place moisture loves to build up is in your sweaty gym bag. This leaves a perfect environment for nasty, smelly bacteria to grow. The packets will help reduce moisture.

4. Protect old photos.

Photos will naturally deteriorate over time which is never ideal as they hold the key to many of our memories. If you put these packets in with your photos, they won’t be as prone to decay due to a lack of dampness.

5. Keep your car windows de-fogged.

By keeping a handful on your dashboard, the packets will prevent your car windows from getting fogged up. This is great for the Pacific Northwest!

6. Leave them between your towels.

This helps reduce dampness and keep them from getting moldy and smelly.

More Useful Tips :- How to reuse silica gel packets

 

 

  • Put packs in your ammo cans and gun cases/safes to keep dry.
  • Protect personal papers and important documents by putting some gel in a baggie wherever these are stored.
  • Store in camera bags and with film. After snapping photos in cold or wet conditions, silica gel will absorb moisture to keep your lens from fogging or streaking.
  • Leave a couple packs in your tool box to prevent rusting.
  • Use the material to dry flowers.
  • Place with seeds in storage to thwart molding.
  • Stash some in window sills to banish condensation.
  • Slow silver tarnishing by using the gel in jewelry boxes and with your silverware.
  • For items in storage, such as cars or anything prone to mildew. Popular Mechanics offers a good suggestion for use in engines of sitting vehicles.
  • Tired of buying big bags of pet food only to have it get soggy? Store your kibble in a bin and tape some silica packs to the bottom of the lid.
  • Cut open the packs and saturate the beads with essential oils to create potpourri.
  • Use in luggage while traveling.
  • Tuck some in your pockets. Hide them in your closet in leather goods such as coats and shoes, and even handbags, to help them survive life in storage.
  • Video tape collections will last much longer with these to help keep them dry.
  • Cat litter is now made with silica. With its fantastic absorption qualities, this litter requires fewer changes and sends less mess to the landfill.
  • Squirrel some away in your car, especially on your dashboard. This will help maintain a clear windshield and leave it less foggy during times of high humidity.

 

 

Source  – higherperspectives , mnn

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