Things You Did Not Know Silica Gels Could Be Used For
Anytime we purchase a new pair of shoes, a new package, or probably receive something new, we always see some little bags inside these packages which add as a bonus. But the truth is, quite a number of us, tend to throw them away from these bags because we do not know what to use them for and find them to either be useless or dangerous.
These bags indeed do not look like something to be consumed so what then can they be used for, or how harmful could they be to us.
But before moving on, what are these bags in the first place? Silica gel is a desiccant – also known as a drying agent. The small beads inside each sachet are able to absorb moisture or condensation.
Silica gel sachets can be found in anything from packets of pepperoni to medications, as these products can be in warehouses and stores for quite some time. This article is here to enlighten you more on the various things we could use these bags for.
Save your phone from water damage
Ever dropped your phone in water, a pool – or worse – down the toilet? We instantly go into panic mode when our poor phones get soaked in water. Relax! Yes, I know you have heard of using rice to dry out your wet phone and all however that does not fully guarantee that your phone will return back to normal without having a grain stuck inside the headphone jack and charging port.
To dry out your phone quickly, without risk of damaging the ports, use silica gel. Take a bowl and fill it with the packets of gel. Bury your phone inside so that it’s completely surrounded. Try to wait for at least 24 hours before turning your phone back on.
This is possible because silica gel contains silicon dioxide which attracts water molecules out of shoe bags or whatever is around them. These moisture-proof properties are the reason silica bags come with your purchases in the first place. Just remember though that it doesn’t make your phone 100% waterproof.
Keep your gym gear odor free
Sweat is a great way to know that you’re doing everything right at the gym. Unfortunately it also gives your bag a funky smell. Certain bacteria which just so happens to add or moisture thrive on sweat and produce this nasty smell are usually always present where there is sweat.
So to get rid of it, you have to get rid of the moisture. A packet or two of silica gel dropped into your bag will absorb all the unnecessary moisture and keep your bag free of odors. The same trick also works for your gym locker.
Make your makeup last longer
Moisture doesn’t only help bacteria breathe in your fitness gear but also shortens the shelf life of your makeup products. If you want your favorite powder, eyeshadow and other beauty necessities to last longer, keep a silica packet in your makeup bag. Just one packet will be enough to keep your cosmetics dry and avoid unfortunate makeup mishaps and tons of wasted money.
Protect your luggage from moisture.
If you consider yourself a jet setter and can’t wait for your next trip or vacation you might already have some ideas in mind as to what you’re going to wear at your destination. Sadly. though what happens to your luggage on route is completely out of your control. It can get dump for instance and ruin all your carefully chosen outfits. Prevent that from happening by sticking some silica bags of silicon gel in between your clothes. That way you look your best on vacation
Keep all your important paper safe
We all have certain documents or papers that are really important to us. Restoring some of them might cost a lot of time and money and others are of a great sentimental value. For example, we all have old photographs that just can’t be replaced no matter what.
To protect your files and memories from the damage caused by moisture, keep them together with silica gel packets. It’s especially important to add some to folders and boxes you’re putting away for long-term storage by the way if you still have old-school audio cassettes or videotapes the same method can keep them safe as well.
Prevent your wardrobe from going stale
The silicon dioxide in these little bags can work its magic to keep your wardrobe fresh as a daisy. Nobody wants their favorite clothes going stale of course but that’s all too likely to happen to seasonal garments that sit in drawers or hang in the back of your closet for a half a year until it’s their time to shine again.
Keeping a gel packet in the back of your drawer or in between layers of clothes will solve the problem. Easy peasy! It also works for bedding you’re not using at the moment. Keeping your blankets sheets and pillowcases clean fresh and moisture free is especially important for your health.
Store your seeds
Are you a seasoned gardener or just love gardening? Keep spare seeds in an airtight container with some packets of silica gel. If they are stored in moist conditions, you could see rapid mould growth.
When you store them for the next season all you need is a sealed container with one or two bags of this jelly goodness and your seeds will be safe, fresh, and sound.
Keep jewelry shining bright
That dreaded moisture we’ve been talking about for a while now can do a real number on just about anything you store in drawers and boxes including your jewelry. It can cause tarnish and make your beautiful earrings, bracelets, and chains look dull and less stunning.
The same can happen to your silverware. You can try polishing it but that’s a pretty painstaking process. To avoid all that drama drop, a silica gel packet into your personal jewelry box. This trick works especially well on boxes lined with plush since it keeps the fabric dry as well.
Protect your camera lens from condensation
The plastic housing of your waterproof camera should be completely watertight. This isn’t always the case, and condensation can start to form on the inside. First off, your lenses worst enemy is condensation. You’ll face it, if you take your camera out in the cold and then bring it back into the warmth of your home again.
When that happens remove the camera’s battery, memory card, and lens and place the body of your camera in a bowl filled with silica gel packets to take all the moisture away.
Keep dry foods dry
This one might sound surprising and controversial. To make things clear, silica gel is not for eating. However, if you tape one of these packets to the lid of a container filled with bread crumbs, crackers, dried herbs or whatever has to be kept dry and crispy.
You’ll save a lot of food and money in the end. Although, it sounds risky you can even put the gel packet right into the container just as long as you don’t open the bag and expose the silica contents. Of course, the same trick works for pet food as well especially if you buy big bags that sit for a while throw some silica packets into your pet food or Tea Bags and they’ll stay fresh longer.
Remove smells from old books
You might love the smell of musty, dusty old books but, if you’d rather it went away for good, there is a solution! Place the book in a sandwich bag filled with silica gel packets to absorb the odour-causing moisture.
These are just some of the ways you can save and reuse silica bags instead of being wasteful and throwing them away.
However, if you feel like your silica gel has lost its magic you can simply recharge them. To do that place them on a cookie sheet and put them in the oven for an hour at 220 degrees Fahrenheit. Be sure to keep any unused packets in an airtight container at all times.