The silica packs that come with some meds. Any secondary use for them?

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  • Alyssa Alyssa on Sep 05, 2017
    This website says "Silica packets can also be dried and reused for many household purposes, from regulating moisture in plant soil to keeping clothes and shoes dry inside storage containers":

    The website explains how to re-dry used silica packets for future use.

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Sep 05, 2017
    Yes, They are for collecting excess moisture, so if you have a lot of them , you may care to put them in your boots at the end of the day etc.....

  • Julie M. Julie M. on Sep 05, 2017
    I found a bunch of ideas here...
    Put packs in your ammo cans and gun cases/safes to keep dry.
    Protect personal papers and important documents by putting some gel in a baggie wherever these are stored.
    Keep with photos to spare them from humidity. Tuck a small envelope in the back of frames to protect even the ones hanging on your walls.
    Store in camera bags and with film. After snapping photos in cold or wet conditions, silica gel will absorb moisture to keep your lens from fogging or streaking.
    Leave a couple packs in your tool box to prevent rusting.
    Use the material to dry flowers.
    Place with seeds in storage to thwart molding.
    Stash some in window sills to banish condensation.
    Dry out electronic items such as cellphones and iPods. Remember after the device has gotten wet, do not turn it back on! Pull out the battery and memory card and put the device in a container filled with several packs. Leave it in there at least overnight.
    Slow silver tarnishing by using the gel in jewelry boxes and with your silverware.
    For items in storage, such as cars or anything prone to mildew. Popular Mechanics offers a good suggestion for use in engines of sitting vehicles.
    Tired of buying big bags of pet food only to have it get soggy? Store your kibble in a bin and tape some silica packs to the bottom of the lid.
    Cut open the packs and saturate the beads with essential oils to create potpourri.
    Use in luggage while traveling.
    Tuck some in your pockets. Hide them in your closet in leather goods such as coats and shoes, and even handbags, to help them survive life in storage.
    Gather your razor blades and keep in a container with several silica packs to stave off oxidation.
    Video tape collections will last much longer with these to help keep them dry.

  • FL FL on Sep 05, 2017
    Wow, Julie! Great tips! Thanks!

  • Ann Ann on Sep 05, 2017
    They are used to absorb, any moisture to keep contents dry. If you have enough of them - and I mean lots - put them together in a bowl to absorb moisture someplace where mold could be a problem.

  • Joe29668554 Joe29668554 on Sep 05, 2017
    Use silica packs in a sealed cup at night along with hearing aides, gets moisture out of the tubing.

  • Johnchip Johnchip on Sep 05, 2017
    I keep a large one in a ziploc bag to save our drowned cell phones. Take phone apart, let sit 2-4 days in sealed bag. phone works perfect.

  • Sunny C Sunny C on Sep 05, 2017
    Hello Ron; These packs can be used to keep most any items dry.
    I hope that the link below will be of help to you!!! Take Care!

  • Deborah Walker Phillips Deborah Walker Phillips on Sep 05, 2017
    you can dry flowers in them. Just save enough to completely cover the flowers in a microwave safe pan and in about 4 minutes they are done be careful very hot let cool completely and carefully uncover you lovely dried flowers