reuse silica packetsWe’ve all made the purchase: whether it’s shoes, purses or food. There are always those dreaded little silica packets that warn, Do Not Eat.

Those silica packets aren’t deadly, regardless of all those warnings. Instead, Silica gel is a desiccant, a substance that absorbs moisture that protects products through shipping and making it from the manufacturer to your home.

Here’s 10 ideas to reuse Silica Packets:

  1. Save your water damaged cell phone. Leave a few packets with your phone and battery (separated) in an airtight container overnight to eliminate moisture.
  2. Tape the packets to the lid of herbs, pet food, etc to prolong shelf life.
  3. Place in drawers or closets where you store leather boots & shoes.
  4. Put in plastic baggies to protect your electronics while traveling.
  5. Keep in your gym bag to avoid smell.
  6. Put on your car dashboard to keep your windshield clear. (Hint: remember for the winter...)
  7. Dry flowers
  8. Preserve important papers & documents
  9. Protect your photos
  10. Keep your razor blades sharp

Craving more? MNN has more silica gel packet suggestions for you.


Photo: Popular Mechanics

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  • Amanda

    Great ideas! I will never toss one of these again!

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  • Caitlin

    This is great! Definitely something that you don’t think to reuse right away. I’ll be keeping this list handy.

  • Julie

    Glad to hear! I didn’t know those silica packets had so many uses either!

  • Mike Di Tizio

    Now THIS is news you can use! I have a dozen or more of those things in my junk drawer; glad you published this so I can finally put those packets to use.

  • Julie

    Right! Who knew?! And I’m impressed you’ve saved them… they are some of the few unfortunate items that end up on my garbage. Up until now, obviously. ;-)

  • Tiernan

    Silica packets also keep your silver jewels in good condition. My jeweler told me this tip :)

  • Kristina (The Greening Of Westford)

    I knew you could use these for something, but wasn’t really sure what. Giving a couple to my husband for #5. How does #10 work – keeping your razor blades sharp?

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