If you’ve been in this world longer than 10 years then you’ve purchased or received a product packaged with Silica Gel bags. Silica gel bags come packaged with shoes, electronic equipment, phones, tablets, and a host of other products where moisture control is important.
I used to toss the little white packets out with the packaging the new product came in until I read a story on the net about a man using the contents of the little bags to dry out a phone he’d dropped in a tub of water.
That led me to research what the little clear balls in those bags were made of. I discovered they were small blobs of silicon dioxide, which remove moisture from the surrounding air by attracting water particles onto their surface. In doing so, they protect other items from becoming damp and prevent the development of mold.
The first leg of my research led me to decoding the word “Desiccant” that appears on these little packets. Wkipedia solved that mystery.
A desiccant is a hygroscopic substance that induces or sustains a state of dryness (desiccation) in its vicinity. Commonly encountered pre-packaged desiccants are solids that adsorb water. Desiccants for specialized purposes may be in forms other than solid, and may work through other principles, such as chemical bonding of water molecules. They are commonly encountered in foods to retain crispness. Industrially, desiccants are widely used to control the level of water in gas streams.
That led me to research and brainstorm the uses for silica gel “droplets”.
I found enough uses to build a very intresting list. Here are some uses all of us can take advantage of at some point.
Keep Bulk Pet Food Dry – Have you noticed that if you buy a big bag of pet food, it can get soggy? Store your kibble in a bin and tape some silica packs to the bottom of the lid.
Protect Silver – Moisture can expedite tarnish and corrosion on silver and jewelry. Drop a silica gel packet in your silver chest or jewelry box to keep those items tarnish free and looking great!
Gardening – If you save seeds for planting storing them so they don’t mold is important. Add a silica gel packet to each storage container and close them with an airtight top.
Dry Out and Deodorize Sweaty Shoes – Duhh! They came packed with the new shoes to keep them dry of course they’ll take care of that moisture left from a day of walking or and hour of working out. Moisture fosters odors so the shoes.
Keep Your Guns Dry In Humid Climates – Put a couple in your gun case to absorb the moisture that leads to rust.
Ward Off Moldy Bread – Bread boxes, hot kitchens and moisture are a recipie for bread stored in bread boxes. Slip a silica gel packet in the bread box to absord the humidity inside and in the process fight of the mold that grows from moisture and bacteria.
Keep Your Balls Dry and Fresh (Men) – Using two sided tape
attach a gel packet to the outside of your fruit of the looms to absorb moisture from your crotch – uh no don’t do this- I threw this in to see if you were still with me. But there was a construction worker tagged Lonestar that did admit to doing this:
“As a construction worker I’m constantly looking for ways to prevent monkey butt during the summer heat. So I had the sandwich maker sew 3 to 4 packets to the inside of all my boxers to help keep the humidity low enough to prevent the dreaded swamp butt. Sure, she complained at first (each packet had to be custom placed for optimal performance) but in the end she thanked me for giving her something to do.”
Keep Safe Documents Dry – Humidty can buddy up with a safe quicker than a hooker with a horny john. Protect documents in a safe from moisture damage by buddying them up with silica gel packets inside the safe. Keep the packets out of touch with the documents.
Keep Your Titties Dry (Women) –
Tape a gel packet outside of each bra cup. Wait. Scratch that. Put a pack inside each bra cup and get the benefit of dry and pronounced titties. (Members of the Itty Bitty Titty Committe are always looking for ways to get pronounced titties). Wait – don’t do this – this is another reading check to see if you’re still reading.
Seriously if you’re still reading check out the vid below for additional things you can use silica gel packets for. Below the vid learn how to recharge used packets.
You can recharge silica gel packets. If they stop working after repeated use, 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.