Silica gels are often found in tiny white sachets at the bottom of a shoe box or inside a new handbag. More often than not, people end up throwing away the sachets not knowing that they can use them for other purposes.
Research online shows that they can be used to:
1. Dry out a wet phone
In case your phone tumble into the water. Don’t panic. Just get a few silica packets; remove the case, battery, SIM card, and SD card (if there was one inside) then set them aside. Place the phone in a bowl filled with silica gel packets to dry out the moisture. Wait for at least 24 hours before switching your phone back on.
2. Keep underwater cameras dry
These kind of cameras are usually okay under water but one needs to be careful to avoid pile-up in condensation that leaves streaks on their lenses. A few Silica gel packets will work magic
3. Prevents your shoes from smelling
You know the awful stench that comes out from your shoes after you’ve worn them more than ones, well placing the silica gel inside or beside your shoe prevents it from smelling and keeps it dry.
4. Preserve pet food
More often than not, pet owners buy food in bulk and store them together. This makes the food prone to moisture absorption which can make it go bad. Pack pet food in plastic bins and tape a few silica gel packets on the inside. Dry food, happy pets!
5. Protect razors
No one likes rusty razor blades. This is normally caused by oxidation reaction on the metal thanks to free moisture in the air. Keep razors in Tupperware containers filled with Silicone sachets and they will last longer.
6. Keep Your Gym Bag Odor Free
The awful odor that sometimes comes out from your gym bag is as a result of the bacteria forming on the fabric. With just a few silica gel packs thrown in there, you will never have to worry about opening that bag in public again.
The same is true for your Gym Locker, a few packs should keep everything fresh, just remember to switch them from time to time.
7. Maintain Your Makeup
You’ve probably noticed that your makeup items are a little damp, especially when you keep your makeup bag in the bathroom, these silica gel packs will help keep everything nice and dry.
Place just one silica gel bag in your makeup bag and you will never have to deal with cosmetics that could easily be ruined by moist.
8. Dry wet clothes
You know that time when the holiday comes to an end and you didn’t pack properly. The last thing you want is that mouldy smell when you toss your wet swimsuit into your travel bag. Place your wet clothes in a different bag and place a few Silica sachets in them. No mouldy smell when you get home!
9. Prevent jewelry from turning color
Slip a few packets of Silica gel into your jewelry box. This prevents moisture from tarnishing or deteriorating the quality of your priced belongings.
10. Hearing aids
If you live in an area where moisture fills the air, you might need to store your hearing aids in a container with silica packages at night. This is to avoid any infections or further damages that can be caused by moist hearing aids.
11. Protect photographs
Drop a few sachets into a ziplock bag with your photos to make sure they don’t get damaged by moisture.
12. Protect Important documents
An experienced prepper knows that storing important documents is just as important as storing food and water. Having Legal papers in poor condition can get you in trouble when you least expect.
Just like everything else on the list, preventing damage from moisture will mean keeping few silica sachets in the storage drawers.
13. Prevent trash smell
Instead of tossing your silica gel packets away after buying a bag or a shoe, use them to keep the bottom of your trash can fresh.
14. Prevent Meds From Deteriorating
If you’re taking prescription meds or just regular vitamins, it is crucial that you keep them dry. Place some silica packs in the your cabinets and your problem is solved.
15. Keep your windows from condensing
During the colder months of the year, it is it common for glass Windows to get covered with condensation, this happens when there is significant difference in temperature than usual between your house and the outside weather. To prevent this, keep a few silica gel packs on your windowsills
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