5 Important Uses of Silica Gel Found in New Shoes

  • A example of a silica gel packet
    A example of a silica gel packet
  • It is common to get small-sized silica gel packets that resemble salt packets when unpacking a new pair of shoes, a bag, or even clothes. These small packets have a bold 'DO NOT EAT' warning and most people end up throwing them away.

    Silica gel packets are desiccant, they absorb moisture from the products protecting them from going bad or being damaged by water vapor. They contain a drying agent that can absorb water through the packaging.

    After doing shopping from your local supermarket, you will probably end up with a number of these silica packets. Instead of just tossing them in the trash bin, here are some of the surprising uses of these packets;

    An Undated File Image of A Person Holding A Camera.
    An Undated File Image of A Person Holding A Camera.

    Protect Your Electronics

    The price of electronics such as laptops and cameras is notably high and it is wise to preserve them from moisture.

    Did you accidentally drop your phone in a bucket of water while cleaning? No problem. Packets of silica gel can help absorb the water. Put the phone and the packets in a zip-lock bag for some time to revive it.

    While storing your electronics, you can add a number of these packets to absorb the moisture and humidity. It takes more than just putting the electronics in plastic bags or using saran wrap, desiccants such as silica gel packets come in handy.

    Protect Important Documents

    Personal documents such as birth certificates, passports, legal documents, or just old photos of family members in the house are susceptible to water damage.

    Storing them securely with some of these lifesaving packets can help preserve priceless family memories.

    Prevent Rust and Tarnishing

    Your toolbox under the bed can go a long time without being needed in-home repairs, this exposes the tools to rust and tarnishing.

    Add a few packets to the box to absorb the moisture and humidity and preserve the efficiency of the tools. Also, you can store your razors in a packet to ensure they last longer.

    Keep Away Odour

    As a desiccant, silica gel packets have endless uses in absorbing moisture. If you are a gym enthusiast, from time-to-time you are faced with a dirty dirty gym bag. 

    Several packets of silica gel can absorb moisture and prevent unpleasant smells. You can place them in drawers or at the bottom of the garbage bin before putting the bag as well.

    Preserve Expensive or Unique Materials

    Leathered clothes can be damaged by excessive exposure to moisture, they can stain. If you have saved a piece of clothing for a special occasion, it is safe to tuck some packets in the pocket to keep the clothes dry.

    Despite the important use of these packets, ensure they are away from children and pets as they can choke on the beads. You can also purchase silica gel packets in bulk.

    A photo of trolleys full of supplies as people shop at a Nairobi supermarket on Friday, March 13, 2020.
    Trolleys full of supplies as people shop at a Nairobi supermarket on Friday, March 13, 2020.