5 unexpected ways you can use silica gel packets

By Samantha Luiz
10 March 2016

You've probably seen silica gel packets, those tiny bags that come with a new bag or pair of shoes.

You may have simply thrown them away, not knowing what to do with them. But the silica gel packets are in your products for a good reason - they absorb moisture and keep things dry.

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Inspired by this awesome ability to absorb moisture, Business Insider shared a video showing 5 clever ways in which silica gel packets can be used.

1. Save your phone

Silica gel can help save your wet phone.  PHOTO: Pexels Silica gel can help save your wet phone. PHOTO: Pexels

Dropping your phone in water is undoubtedly one of the most worst things that can happen to your device. But no matter how careful you are, accidents happen. In such cases, placing your phone in a container with rice has been said to help absorb the moisture thus saving the device. Next time your phone gets wet, toss it in a container with silica gel packets. The gel is said to absorb 40 percent of its weight in moisture and remove humidity in a closed container to about 40 percent.

2. Prevent mould

Unwanted moisture can easily become a breeding ground for mould and bacteria. Tossing silica gel packets, in your gym bag, for example, does wonders for keeping things fresh.

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3. Save old pictures

Technology has made it so much easier to store our precious memories. But what about those physical photos that tend to get ruined with time? Simply place some silica gel in a box with those photos will help preserve them, saving them from sticking together or getting ruined.

4. Extend the life of razor blades

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Silica gel is very handy if you're looking into extending the life of your razor blade. As you might have guessed, you simply place your razor in a container with some of the packets. They'll absorb the moisture, making them last longer.

5. Defog windows

Placing some silica gel near the windshield of your car, for example, is an efficient way to clear the window.

Bonus tip: Place some silica gel packets in your make-up bag to prevent your compact powder from curdling and getting ruined.

Learn more about silica gel in the video below:

Sources: businessinsider.com, science.howstuffworks.com

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