Surprising Uses of Silica Gel

Blossom Lady
May 22, 2021 12:47 PM
Surprising Uses of Silica Gel

Whether you’ve purchased a new pair of shoes or a bag of beef jerky, we’ve all seen those silica gel packs that come inside the package. They’re meant to help keep out moisture and maintain a food’s freshness. Most of the time, those packs end up straight in the garbage because, well…what could you possibly use them for? As it turns out–for a lot of things! Here are seven clever ways to use silica gel packs around the house.

1. Maintain and preserve your photos

Surprising Uses of Silica Gel
Photo albums and scrapbooks are wonderful ways to preserve memories. But if they sit in a humid or moisture-prone area, the photos can start to curl or disintegrate. Before storing your photo albums or scrapbooks, place silica gel packs in between the pages. They’ll help absorb any moisture, keeping your photos in pristine condition.
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Surprising Uses of Silica Gel
2. Keep Your Gym Bag Odorless
That bag you take to the gym gets pretty funky, right? It’s all those damp and sweaty towels and clothes and even shoes that you jam in there and don’t always take out when you get home. The smells come from bacteria that thrive on moisture. So if you get rid of the moisture, you will also get rid of the odorsl!
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3. Keep Jewelry Sparkly and Shiny

Surprising Uses of Silica Gel
Moisture causes tarnish, making your jewelry look less shiny and clean. Placing those gel packets in your jewelry box will keep all the moisture that naturally enters out. This is especially useful for plush-lined boxes because it will keep the fabric moisture-free as well.
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4. Dry Out Your Phone

Surprising Uses of Silica Gel
If you suddenly dropped your phone into the sink, put your phone in a Ziploc bag with silica gel packets inside and make sure there are enough to cover the phone. Seal the bag and leave it for at least 24 hours.
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5. Keep Pet Food From Getting Stale

Surprising Uses of Silica Gel
Silica get packets help to keep dry pet food from getting soggy and stale. You can tape the packets to the inside of a box, bag, or whatever container you use. And again, make sure the packets are unopened.
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6. Keep important documents intact

Surprising Uses of Silica Gel
Many of us have storage bins or file storage where we keep our important documents. We usually don’t have to access the documents very often, so they usually sit in a garage or attic being exposed to moist air. Throw in a little silica gel packs to the storage bin to keep the documents protected and safe.
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7. Protect Your Pills and Vitamins

Surprising Uses of Silica Gel
While most pill bottles already come with a cotton wad inside with the same purpose as gel packets, some of them don’t. Sometimes you purchase a bottle with no water protection inside. In that case, silica gel packets can do the job.
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Delores Scarcella
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Jun 24, 2021 09:04 AM

It's a shame we can't buy the silica gel in its packets. I guess it's too dangerous for animals or children to get a hold of but if I'm holding them from other products that I buy and put them in products I want to save and keep dry where would I find it to buy and the little packets?