10 Reasons You Should Never Throw Away Those Silica Gel Packets

Who doesn’t like opening up a new package? It feels great to finally get the thing that we have wanted for a long time. Along with the packages, come all the materials designed to keep the item insides safe. Among them are something in the forms of tiny packets, which says “DO NOT EAT” on the cover. Have you ever wondered what these packets are?

These are silica gel packets, and they are kept in packages that need moisture kept away. You have seen them in shoe boxes. But little do people know what to do with these packets. Most just throw them away after the package is opened.

There are a lot more uses of this packets, then what people know. We will be talking about all the beneficial uses of silica gel packets.

So the next time you ever open up a package, make sure that you do not throw away these packets. Here are some of the uses of silica gel packets.

Uses of Silica Gel Packets:

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Janine Ngai for LittleThings

Silica gel packets contain small grains of silicon dioxide in solid form. Its technical term is silica xerogel but it is most commonly known as silica gel.

It is a desiccant, which means it draws water molecules to itself and helps to keep the thing inside the package moisture free. As a result, they are used in many packages to keep mold, mildew, and odors away.

There’s more – Silica gel is also used in cat litter, water filtration, and as an anti-caking agent in some food items.

It is also of use around your home.

1. Dry Out Your Phone

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Janine Ngai for LittleThings

All of us, at one point in our life, have got our phone wet. What do you do in situations like this? It’s easy – place your phone in a Ziploc bay with sufficient gel packets to cover it on both sides. Seal the bag, and leave your phone for 24 hours. Doing this helps to dry out the small openings and components quickly.

You can also try this if you’re going in a damp environment and want to keep moisture away from your phone. Keep in mind that this is not a waterproofing method.

2. Keep Jewelry Bright And Shiny

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Janine Ngai for LittleThings

It is said that moisture causes tarnish; you may have to spend a lot of time polishing jewelry that doesn’t require any work.

Keep some silica packets in the bottom of the jewelry box to keep the moisture away. If you use plush-lined boxes, it’s even better, as it will help to keep the fabric moisture-free as well.

3. Get Rid Of Odors From Your Gym Bag

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Janine Ngai for LittleThings

Gym bags may start to smell, especially after you toss all your sweaty clothing into them. The bad smell comes from the bacteria that live on the moisture. Hence, if you get rid of the moisture, you get rid of the smell.

Place a packet of two of silica gels into your bag. They will draw moisture towards themselves and leave your items fresh. You can keep them in lockers too.

4. Keep Dry Goods Dry

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Janine Ngai for LittleThings

Silica gel is not edible, but it still helps to keep foods like bread crumbs, crackers from getting soggy. Your food items will remain as crispy as you want.

If you do not want to take any chances by placing the packets directly with food, you can tape a packet to the lid.

5. Prevent Damage To Essential Documents

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Janine Ngai for LittleThings

Your essential documents and photos can be damaged due to moisture. So for the files that will be shut away in storage for a long time, put silica gels into the folders and boxes.

Silica gels also work to prevent damage to audio and video cassette tapes.

6. Works For Pet Food

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Janine Ngai for LittleThings

Silica gels work not just for human food, but also for the pet food. They help to keep the treats dry and help prevent them from getting soggy.

So for owners who want to save money by buying in bulk, this is an amazing idea. If you are unsure about keeping the packets directly with food, you can tape them to the inside of a box, or jar.

7. Protect Your Pills

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Janine Ngai for LittleThings

Most pill bottles contain cotton wadding inside, which helps to protect pills from moisture. But some of them come without these and may require a gel packet which will help to keep the moisture away. For people who are constantly traveling, this is a great idea.

8. Freshen Your Home

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Janine Ngai for LittleThings

This process actually requires you to open the packet.

Tear open a silica gel packet or two (according to the size of the room) and pour the beads into a small container or bowl.

Add a drop or two of your preferred essential oil and notice the instant change in the smell of the room.

You should be extra careful because the silica gel beads can cause minor skin infections. So make sure that you place the beads far from the reach of children and animals.

9. Freshen Stale Drawers

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Janine Ngai for LittleThings

The seasonal clothes that goes unused half the year are responsible for the odor that you sometimes smell. Put a gel packet between layers of clothing, or in the back or your drawer to keep your clothing moisture free.

10. Keep Seasonal Items Fresh

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Janine Ngai for LittleThings

Items that we don’t use regularly, are prone to odors and moisture damage. So make the use of silica gel packets to keep them safe.

Throw a gel packet into your luggage or holiday items. Silica gel is helpful in keeping electronics like lights safe from damage.

Be advised to keep the silica gel packets away from small children; they may mistake it for sugar packets. Also make sure that the packets are completely sealed, before tossing them with food items.

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Source: (Little Things)