Silica gel can be found in porous packets, loose in bulk and even in color changing varieties which indicate how much moisture has been absorbed. Source: XtremXpert, 2010 This site contains affiliate links. Clicking on the links may result in compensation for this site.
When you buy a new piece of clothing, pair of shoes or even a bottle of supplements you are bound to find a packet or cannister of silica gel in the box, pocket or container. What is it for? It’s a desiccant.
A desiccant is a hygroscopic substance that induces or sustains a state of dryness (desiccation) in its vicinity; it is the opposite of a humectant. Commonly encountered pre-packaged desiccants are solids that absorb water. Desiccants for specialized purposes may be in forms other than solid, and may work through other principles, such as chemical bonding of water molecules. They are commonly encountered in foods to retain crispness. Industrially, desiccants are widely used to control the level of water in gas streams.
Well, it absorbs moisture which helps to prevent odors, inhibit mold and bacterial growth and keeps the item from becoming hardened or warped. Do you keep the silica gel packets you get? I do.
This video from NTD Insprired Life shows you 12 unexpected and inspired ways to use silica gel. Don’t have enough packets from your purchases to make good use of these ideas? No worries. You can buy the packets in bulk or loose silica gel on Amazon or even at Walgreens.