How To: 11 Unexpected Uses for Silica Gel Packets

11 Unexpected Uses for Silica Gel Packets

Though silica gel packets clearly instruct you to throw them away (and not eat them), you can actually keep them for a variety of unexpectedly practical uses around the home. Silica gel is a desiccant, a substance that absorbs moisture, which makes these packets perfect for keeping things extremely dry and moisture-free.

Commonly found in bags of beef jerky, dried seaweed containers, vitamin bottles, and in boxes of new shoes, silica gel packets can help rescue your wet cell phone, slow down the tarnishing of your silverware and tools, prolong the life of your jack-o'-lantern, and keep your gym locker from smelling funky.

The great thing about silica gel packets is that you can recharge them in the oven if their moisture-sucking capabilities are beginning to run low. Simply spread the silica gel (removed from paper packets) on a cookie sheet and bake at 250°F for a few hours. Afterwards, place the silica gel in an airtight container until you're ready to use them again.

Got your own DIY uses for silica gel packets? Share with us by commenting below.

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Thank you so much for all this information. I was searching for the answer on putting these little packets in my husbands fine art to keep the moisture from ruining his artwork. I figured they would work, but just in case looked it up and found this. :)


I harvest my seeds from my garden and store them with silica packets once the seeds are completely dried out. Prevents mold from excess moisture and I have fresh seeds for next season.

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