If you buy a new bag and find the silica gel packets inside it, don’t throw it away because there are 21 amazing reasons to keep it.
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Don’t throw silica gel packets away!!
Have you ever wondered about the uses of white silica?
When you buy new shoes or bag you may notice a white bag inside it called Silica Gel, which is also found in the boxes of electrical appliances and others, so what are the uses of silica packets and are they toxic?
What is silica gel?
Silica gel is an amorphous and porous form of silicon dioxide. Source
What is silica gel packets use for?
The main use of it is to absorb moisture in the containers of shoes and tools, and also to get rid of bad odours.
It’s actually a drying agent to keep moisture from damaging certain food and commercial products.
Does silica gel actually work?
Silica gel can absorb about 40 percent of its weight in moisture and can take the relative humidity in a closed container down to about 40 percent. Source
What happens if you eat silica gel?
Silica Gel is not toxic. It is chemically inert, this means it won’t break down in the body and cause poisoning.
However, it is a dehydration product and that may cause irritating the throat and nose, stomach pain and constipation. Source
But, silica gel packets consider chocking hazard for younger children and pets.
How many times can silica gel packets be reused?
Silica gel packets can be used more than once!
After the silica gel absorbs moisture, it losses it’s effectiveness.
But the good thing is that you can reactivate JUST by heating it to 200°C for 2 hours to evaporate the water, then keep it in a sealed container until it is used again.
22 creative uses for silica gel packets:
1- Eliminate bacteria by using silica bag packets:
You can keep the clothes and shoes away from bacteria and unpleasant ardour by placing silica gel packets between them when storing, to reduce the high humidity in the air.
2- Get rid of bad odours in the car:
One of the most important uses of the white silica bag is to get rid of bad odours and high humidity inside the car by placing more than one silica bag in the sides of the car. Also in the winter, put the silica bags on the windshield to reduce the mist on it and make the vision clearer.
3- Rescue your mobile or any device damaged by water:
You can save the mobile phone that dropped in water by drying it with a towel first. Then remove the battery and the memory card, and place it in a plate with silica gel packets.
4- keep the photos for a longer time:
photos are prone to moisture damage, so be sure to put a silica bag with the photos in the box, or you can connect the images with a silica bag to protect them from the wet environment.
5- one of the uses for silica gel packets is keeping the important papers:
To protect important papers from damage such as birth certificate, marriage contract, land and real estate deeds, simply place a bag of silica with it.
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6- Keep curtains, towels and other textile materials from bad smell and mould:
When you store things made of fabric for a long time, it is preferable to put bags of silica to protect them from moisture and bad smell.
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7- Moisture absorption of glass and mirrors:
To keep windows from air conditioning, place silica bags on or near the corners of the windows to absorb moisture.
8- Maintaining electrical and household appliance:
It’s common that there’s some equipment in the house is rarely used, so it must be preserved from moisture, dust and damage by placing silica bags with it. You can use Silica packets to protect the toolbox and cabinets from rust as well.
9- keep the razors longer:
It’s one of the uses for silica gel, Wetness and oxidation Make razors rust, and to prevent them from rusting quickly, put silica bags with them in a plastic bag.
10- Storage of plant seeds:
If you have seeds of plants you want to grow next season, keep them with a silica bag to keep them from rotting.
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11- Keep the things made of leather:
When storing shoes, wallets and leather bags, you should put silica bags with them to keep them from moisture.
12- protection of travel bags:
When you store travel bags, their smell change and become foul and mouldy, so put the silica bags with them to protect them from mildew and moisture.
13- keep the lustre of silver and other accessories:
Putting a bag of silica in the jewellery box helps keep its lustre.
14- drying flowers with silica gel packets:
Silica can be used as an easy and quick way to dry flowers and leaves for use in decoration.
15- prevent make-up damage:
You can prevent the damage of make-up by keeping it away from moisture. Silica Gel packets is the perfect thing to do this job by keeping it in the make-up box.
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16- Keep the camera bag from moisture:
If you often use the camera outside the house when the weather is humid or cold, simply put the silica bag inside the camera bag to protect the camera and the camera lens from steam and fog.
17- to freshen the gym bag and the closet:
The wetness in the gym, especially the sports bag and your closet can attract bacteria and bad smell. To make this stuff clean and refreshing place it with silica bags.
18- To keep the books:
To protect the pages of books from moisture, yellowing and moulded, place silica bags between books and pages.
19- Keep the pet food dry:
To keep pet food dry, place silica bags under pet dishes, and make sure that these animals do not reach it.
20- Preserve herbs and spices:
To keep herbs and spices for longer, put silica bags with it.
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78 thoughts on “20 amazing reasons to keep silica gel packets”
It is a poisonous substance. NO IT IS NOT!
It is FDA approved, none toxic and perfectly safe. The only precaution is to keep it away from small children due to choking hazard.
Great ideas. But agree with several folks – keep them away from pet food dishes,etc. – not worth the risk!!
How do we know they are still working? There is no telling how long they have been in use when you get them from the store and they have been working in the shoes you just bought or the electronic item so how do we know they are still good? Can you order Silica bags online? How do we know if they are fresh?
I toss one in each jigsaw puzzle box. It helps keeps the moisture out and prevents the pieces from warping.
I’m glad you mentioned the way to demoisturize the silica gel packets.