You’ve probably seen those little white packets labeled “Do not eat!” and wondered why they even bother putting those there, since you’re going to throw them away anyway. Those are actually little bags containing silica gel. If you’re like us, you just toss it in the trash faster than you can say “silica what?” Before you discard them and send them into oblivion, though, let us show you how you can put them to good use once and for all.
1. FIRST, IT’S NOT A SNACK (OBVIOUSLY)
The big, bold text that reads “Do not eat! Throw away!” makes it pretty clear that you shouldn’t be putting these in or near your mouth. Unless you want to eat something that’s most definitely not food, but poison, keep away from kids and animals, as they’re very dangerous.
2. KEEP YOUR GYM BAG CLEAN
Throw in a couple of silica packets in your gym bag and prevent bacteria or mold from growing in it. By keeping the moisture out, your little silica bags will help keep your bag odor-free. Well, you know, as much as possible.
3. I CAN SEE CLEARLY NOW
Heading out but fog on your windshield gets in the way? Place a few silica packets beneath it, and over the dashboard and let it do the job for you.
4. BE LIKE LOGAN
Want to keep your razors from dulling prematurely? Put your razors in a container along with a few silica packs to keep them from rusting. It may not extend your razor blade’s life for as long as Wolverine’s, but at least you won’t have to replace it every week.
5. TAKE CARE OF YOUR TOOLS
Same with your razors, you can extend the life of your tools in the shed when you store them in a box with silica gel. The silica bag will absorb moisture in your box, which helps prevent rusting.
6. KEEP YOUR FURRY FRIEND’S FOOD FRESH
Attach a silica bag to the container where you keep your pet’s food to keep it fresh and extend its shelf-life. This will make Mr. Jingles purrfectly happy!
7. PRESERVE OLD MEMORIES
Place your photos in a box and add a few silica bags. These will make them last longer as they won’t be sticking together.
8. DRY OUT GADGETS
Instead of sticking your wet gadget into rice, try silica gel instead. This will suck up the moisture and you’ll be back to leaving mean comments on YouTube in no time.
9. FOR THE BOOKWORMS
Love books but hate that appalling odor of decay? Wrap any old book in a plastic bag and pop in a couple of silica packets to freshen it up.
10. GOODBYE TO ODOR
Keep your linen closet clean and smelling fresh by putting a handful of silica bags in a corner. Your towels and sheets won’t have that musty odor anymore!