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Silica Gel Packets - Unusual Uses
by Mrs. FIXIT, Posted Jan 3rd 2011 4:00PM
You know those disposable silica packets that come in your packaging?
You should actually hang on to them; their moisture-wicking properties come in handy all over the house.
If you've ever bought shoes, handbags, and other merchandise, you've definitely come across little silica gel packets. Their purpose is to preserve products and eliminate moisture that can lead to damage and mildew. That means you can use them on other items too -- not just the ones they came packaged with. So don't toss silica gel packets; save them! And reuse them in these cool way.
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SAVE YOUR ELECTRONICS
If you accidentally get water in your camera or cell phone, store it immediately in a plastic bag filled with silica gel packets, which will absorb the moisture and save the device in a matter of days.
PROTECT YOUR ELECTRONICS
Here's a secret that the photo-savvy know : Keep silica gel packets in your camera case at all times to prevent moisture-related problems. And if you're headed to the beach, pack a plastic zip-top bag with a silica gel pack inside, and use it to stash and seal up cell phones, cameras and other electronic equipment. When you open it to answer to phone or take a picture some moisture can get inside the bag. The silica gel will quickly wick away the moisture and protect the electronics.
PROTECT YOUR PHOTOS
Put silica gel packet in the boxes where you store your photos to keep them safe and dry.
Moisture can lead to tarnish and corrosion on silver and jewelry. Slip a silica gel packet in your silver chest or jewelry box to keep those items tarnish free and looking great!
PROTECT FISHING EQUIPMENT
If you're an outdoor sports enthusiast keep silica gel packets in tackle boxes, golf bags or with your climbing gear. The packets will prevent rust from forming on your equipment. This also works to protect your tools in the toolboxes or workshop.
PROTECT YOUR WARDROBE
If you live in a high humidity area, stash silica gel packets in with your clothes when you put them in storage for the winter and in your closets where you store coats and linens. They will wick away excess moisture and prevent mustiness.
Tip: If your silica gel packets don't seem to be working any more, put them on a cookie sheet in a 100 degree oven for an hour to recharge! When you're not using the packets, keep them in an airtight container to protect them from surrounding moisture.
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