6 clever ways to reuse silica gel packets

Thursday, June 1, 2023 - 13:33 in Physics & Chemistry

These little silica beads have a lot more uses than you may think. multifacetedgirl / Pixabay If you’ve bought shoes, torn into beef jerky, or taken certain medication recently, you have likely handled at least one tiny silica gel packet. After briefly wondering why your new backpack contained a squishy little warning-labeled pillow, you probably chucked it into the garbage with the rest of the packaging. Yet those little packets are as useful as they are ubiquitous, and you can find plenty of uses for silica gel around your home. It’s better to give them a second, third, or fourth life instead of sending them directly to the landfill.  What is silica gel? Before we get into alternative uses, it helps to understand why these silicone dioxide-based packets are in so many products. The...

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