Do you throw away silica gel bags?  You’ll never do that again!

Do you throw away silica gel bags? You’ll never do that again!

Silica gel desiccant is essentially a form of sand (silica) that can absorb up to 40% of its mass in water. It is used in two forms: indicating silica gel and non-indicating silica gel. The indicator silica gel contains cobalt, which causes the crystals to change color when moisture is absorbed. Since cobalt is toxic, care must be taken to avoid contact with food.

It is not classified as hazardous waste in the sense of Directive 91/689/EEC. To you and me, that means it can be added to the compost pile without fear of contamination. Soil naturally contains silica. Although the crystals do not decompose, they do not fundamentally change the nature of the soil.

If you’ve recently purchased a pair of shoes or an electronic product, you’ve probably seen the little paper bags that come with them. They can be added to your recyclable household waste, but why not keep them and reuse them? You can reactivate them by putting them in a hot oven for a few hours (less for small bags) and use them again and again. Here are some ideas for using them at home:

Mobile phone drying.

This is perhaps the most well-known use of silica gel bags. Place the phone in an airtight container. Add the silica gel packets. Leave it overnight or a few days if it’s not enough.

Keep the powder dry.

Powdered and granulated products will stay liquid if you add silica gel packets to the mix. Just make sure the bag is sealed tightly and if you’re putting them in food, don’t use indicator bags as they contain cobalt which is toxic.

Keep your memories.

It’s not just our memories that fade with time. Photos and letters we also associate with it. Photographic dyes and ink will fade when exposed to moisture. On the other hand, storing them in boxes containing several small bags will help preserve them.

Keep your books.

Anyone who has stored books in the attic or bought them from a second-hand bookshop will confirm that they often acquire an unpleasant musty smell. The cause is moisture, which attracts bacteria. To prevent your precious volumes from suffering the same fate or to refurbish a limited edition, place them in a silica gel box and remember to regularly refill the bags for long-term storage. Remember that if you have important documents stored in a drawer or even a safe, you may also need to protect them from moisture this way.

The freshness of the bags.

Here’s a product for soccer moms: put one of these large pouches in your gym bag, and when they bring their sweaty gear, you won’t have to search for a breathing mask before opening it. It is also a good addition to your luggage if you are going on vacation to a humid place.

The brilliance of jewelry.

Silica gel bags at the bottom of your jewelry box or with silver will protect them from tarnishing and tarnishing.

At home and dry.

The same goes for old windows at home. If they are not sealed (or need to be replaced), condensation forms on the glass and drips onto the frame. If left untreated, it forms unsightly molds and causes rot. Sure enough, the silica gel bags will dry up the drops in no time. But you will need the highest ones because there will be plenty of water.

Plan for all seasons.

Do you ritually put away clothes and shoes at the end of the season? Keep them cold for next year by putting silica gel packets in shoe boxes and stuffing them between your clothes.

Revive your spices.

The steam from cooking will not do your spice drawer any favors. To preserve their freshness and taste, protect them with silica gel bags.

Keep your vehicle cool.

Did you know that silica gel bags can also be used in the car? For example, if you live in a humid climate, your car windows may fog up more often. Silica gel packets can help absorb moisture from the air and prevent windows from fogging up.

Just place a bag or two on your dashboard and you should notice a difference. So you can use silica gel bags to keep your car smelling fresh. Just place a few bags in the glove compartment or under the seats. This way you can enjoy a fresh scent. The next time you find silica gel packets, don’t throw them away and put them to good use in your car!

* Presse Santé strives to convey knowledge about health in a language accessible to all. IN NO CIRCUMSTANCES can the information provided replace the advice of a medical professional.

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