Eight ways to use silica gel packets that will surprise you

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Silica packets are get for moisture reduction. Source: Pixabay

Don’t know what to do with the small silica gel packets you get when you buy a new pair of shoes or handbag? Don’t throw them away. There are some genius uses for these small packages of silica so you can reuse them again and again.

There is no need to worry about the ‘Do not eat’ message on the packets because they are only harmful as a choking hazard, the silica inside is perfectly safe and is sure to keep a number of things around the house dry and protected.

1. Keeping your salt and sugar grains fine

The silica gel will stop your salt and sugar from going clumpy in their containers. Simply place a silica gel packet in the top of your salt shaker or in your sugar jar.

2. Keeping photos and memories dry

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It is the worst feeling when you open a box of old photos and good memories only to be greeted by mould and damage. Save your precious memories from water damage by placing a silica packet in your memory box.

3. Stop your car window from fogging up

Silica packets are great for defogging your car windows. Place a few just under your front windscreen to avoid having to constantly switch on and off your air-conditioner to clear the fog.

4. Keep your wet swimmers smelling fresh

Silica is great for absorbing musty odours. You can use it for old books and documents, wet clothing or even a bag of wet swimmers. Place these silica packets to strategically make your environment odour free.

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5. Keeping pills moisture free

Some medications are prone to heat or moisture damage. Keep your medication fresh by placing silica packets in your pill bottles or organisers. The packets also work a treat to save dry food for longer.

6. Saving your technology from water damage

If you have an accident and get water on your phone or laptop; use silica packets to dry out your devices. Simply collect your spare silica packets and put them in a zip-lock bag with your phone or laptop. This will dry your device and hopefully save it from serious damage.

7. Extend the life razor blades

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Razors are often damaged due to oxidisation and moisture. Place your razor in a small container of silica sachets after you use it to save it from damage and extend it’s life.

8. Keep sewing fabric dry

If you are an avid crafter, silica gel is perfect for keeping materials of any age dry and crisp.

The great thing is that you can reuse silica packets after they are heavy with moisture. Just place them in an aluminium foil-lined baking tray in the oven at 275ºF/135ºC for one hour. This dries out the packages making them as good as new.

Are there any great uses we missed? Which of these tips did you find most helpful?