You will have a hard time believing, what number of ways you can reuse those silica gel bundles that come in the case with your new pair of shoes, your medical supplies, or a new purse. Try not to toss desiccant packs in the waste until you read this!
Manufacturing companies prefer to add these desiccant packs to their packed products to keep them moisture-free to preserve their freshness, as Silica Gel has the ability to absorb moisture, thus slowing down the processes responsible for food spoilage, mold developing, bad odors, rust in metal parts etc.
From The Feral Turtle- “We save our silica gel packets too! They will collect moisture and quit working, though, so we re-generate them in a 200 degree over for about 2 hours and store them in an airtight Ziploc bag until we need them.”
Caution: Please ensure that you keep silica packets out of the span of kids and pets. These are not to be eaten and could be a danger whenever left where a little kid who can have access to it.
Silica gel uses.
Silica gel packets are ideal to be reused in almost every nook n corner of your home and in places which you can’t even imagine.
1.Photos, albums & old scrape books.
The most common problem with storing photos and albums is that, over a period of time, they get stuck to the protector film in which they are stored. The main cause is the moisture present in and around the storage location. Place Silica packets with your photos & old scrape books to keep them safe and free from moisture.
2.Holiday decorations and Christmas ornaments.
Decorations & ornaments are stored only to be taken out & used once in a year like, Birthday decorations, Christmas ornaments, Halloween decorations etc. Using Silica packets in packets of stored decorations & ornaments will be a smart idea to preserve them in pristine condition.
Irritated with the smell of dirty clothes? Place a Silica gel packet at the bottom of dirty clothes hamper and bingo!! smell gone.
4.Hearing aids, head-phones, camera etc.
Store hearing aids, mobile headsets, batteries, camera, arms, sun-glasses etc with silica packets to avoid moisture to get in and degrading their performance.
Place silica gel packets to the container used to store collected seeds hence preventing molds to grow on them.
Silver jewellery changes its shining color over a period of time due to oxidation. Place Silica gel packets with them to avoid silver to get tarnished.
7.Medicine or vitamin cabinet.
Medicine & vitamins are normally stored in baths & showers where their is plenty of moisture. Place some Silica gel packets in the cabinet to prevent them from getting soggy due to moisture.
8.Winter clothes, leather clothing.
Place Silica gel packets with winter and leather clothing (ex. Boots, leather jackets, sweaters, cardigans etc) when storing them for a long period of time, as in summers.
Place 1-2 big silica gel packets in your tool box where you store nails, screws, nuts n bolts & machinery tools. This will remove the moisture from the area, thus preventing them from rusting.
If you notice small clumps in your laundry and dishwasher detergent container, add silica gel packets to avoid clumping due to moisture.
P.S. You can make your own desiccant packs with loose silica gel beads and inexpensive tea bags.