Everyone has seen those little packets of silica gel you get when you open a new purse or the pockets on a new jacket. Silica gel is a desiccant, meaning it is used to soak up any moisture that would otherwise get into your purse or jacket pockets and cause water damage. If you want to find some other uses for this interesting substance around the house, you just need a little imagination.
Continue using the silica gel as it was meant to be used: to keep your clothes dry and free of moisture. Put them in your underwear drawer, your sock drawer, and your t-shirt drawer to prevent mold or mildew from forming.
Keep a couple of packets in your toolbox to prevent rust on your tools.
Put some silica gel packets in your desk drawer or filing cabinet to protect important paperwork from getting moist.
Place silica gel packets in a plastic bag or bowl. If your cellphone, camera, or other electronic item becomes wet, remove the battery and stick everything in the bag or bowl. Allow them to sit overnight with the silica.
Set some silica gel packets along your window sills inside the house and on your dashboard in the car. When the weather turns cold, silica gel packets can prevent condensation on your windows.
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