Silica gel bags are those small, white bags that come in your shoes box or medicine bottle, and they are very useful.
Silica gel is a type of silicon dioxide that is found inside those small white bags you find in shoe boxes and new handbags to keep them safe from water and moisture damage.
Even though most bags instruct you to throw them right away, they might in fact come in handy around the house.
Here are five ways you could use silica gel:
Dry Your Phone
If you happen to drop your phone in water, place it in a plastic container/bag or jar, together with a handful of silica gel bags. Close the lid properly and let it sit overnight. In the morning you’ll have a dry, and hopefully functional, phone.
Moisture can cause salt to clump inside the shaker. You can simply avoid this by placing one bag of silica gel inside the shaker and always have salt ready to sprinkle.
The blades on a shaving razor are very sensitive to moisture. Place your razors inside a plastic container, throw in a few silica gel bags, close the lid and store them there until you need to use them.
Clean Gym Bag
Gym bags contain many items that can promote the growth of bacteria and mold. You can keep your gym bag clean by keeping a few silica gel bags inside.
Ever noticed that your old photographs become sticky and wear off? Well that’s due to moisture. You can help preserve them by keeping a few bags of silica gel stored with them.
Once your silica gel bags absorb as much water as they can, they will stop being effective. You can regenerate the bags by placing them in a tray and heating them in the oven at 120 degrees Celsius for 1 to 2 hours.