– Most people throw away those pesky silica gel sachets but they shouldn’t
– Woman asked Facebook what to do with them and was met with a lot of options
– Some answers included freshening a sweaty gym back and fixing a phone
Most people that find those pesky little silica gel sachets will throw them away – but it seems as though they have far more uses than first thought.
An Australian Facebook organisation group brainstormed a number of ways the sachets could be used around the home and within minutes, the thread was filled with all kinds of handy tips and tricks.
From freshening a sweaty gym back to fixing a damaged phone, here are the best ways to utilise them.
Defog a car dashboard
The purpose of the sachets is to keep things dry by drawing out moisture and there are many everyday items that could benefit from their use,
One of the most surprising tricks that came out of the wealth of knowledge in the group was using the sachets to defog a car dashboard.
‘Hubby keeps them on the dashboard in our older car to absorb some of the moisture near front windows,’ one woman said, with many agreeing.
She wasn’t the only person to suggest this, as many other people said they had success using the product this way.
Fix a damaged mobile phone
Many people said that it was these little packets that single-handedly saved their water damaged mobile phones.
‘Keep them, if you ever drop your phone in water they are good to draw moisture out,’ one person said.
The silica gel sachets can absorb 20 to 40 per cent of its own weight because the gel has tiny pores that draw in the moisture.
‘These saved my phone! I now keep them all in a zip lock bag just in case,’ another said.
Keep gym bag fresh
A variety of people said that they use the packets to withdraw any sweat that may have accumulated in their gym bag.
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Doing so will also help get rid of odour-creating bacteria, which moisture causes.
Bacteria needs a variety of things to grow, with moisture being one of them. The silica gel deprives the bacteria of the moisture they need, so they will become dormant rather than destroyed.
Stop clothes from going mouldy
One of the most basic of uses for the gel silica sachets is using them to keep clothes dry.
‘I use them when packing clothes away to stop mould and mildew,’ one mother said.
‘It worked perfectly for my daughter’s baby clothes that were stored in a garage that leaked in heavy rain.’
‘I’ve put them in little organza bags and hung them on my coat hangers – especially winter coats and other expensive items,’ said another.
Dry out wet swimwear
Sometimes when people are packing after time away at the beach they don’t have time to wring their swimwear out.
The good news is that if they can throw a packet or two of silica gel in a plastic bag with their swimmers the sachets will absorb the moisture.
The gel isn’t able to withdraw moisture forever though so people may have to use different packets after a few uses.
When a photo is damaged by moisture it can be heart breaking if people don’t have any extra copies.
To prevent this, put your pictures in a zip-lock bag with silica gel packets inside.
‘Apparently they’re good to keep among your photos to help preserve them longer,’ one person said.
‘I don’t know if it’s really effective though. I’m too young, I’ll let you know in a couple decades.’
Where else can people use them?
– In a camera bag
– Tool boxes to avoid rust
– Keep them inside shoes when they’re not being worn to withdraw moisture
– Great to draw moisture out of hearing aids when not using overnight
– Throw them in where you keep your onions or potatoes to keep them fresh