Don't throw out silica gel packs found in vitamin bottles, packaging for electronics and leather goods — even seaweed snacks! Instead, reuse them to combat excess moisture in your home.
Watch this video to understand how silica dries things out.
Six ways to reuse silica gel packs
Spice it up
Do you get a workout shaking clumped chili or garlic powder? Toss silica gel packs into spice jars and sugar and salt containers.
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Dress it up
Add a few packs to dresser drawers and storage bins of seasonal clothing.
Camp it up
To prevent mould and mildew, add a few silica gel packs to your tent bag or the bin where you store camping gear.
De-stink it up
Got damp running shoes or stinky hockey gloves? Throw a gel pack in each one.
Sparkle it up
Prevent tarnish by tossing a few gel packs into your silverware drawer or jewelry box.
Snack it up
Reusing resealable plastic bags to store snacks and baking? Add packages of silica gel.
Caution: Never ingest silica gel packs or the contents. If you find one that's damaged, dispose of it.
Note: I have not recharged these packs but did I find instructions on eHow.
Where else do you think these moisture wickers could make themselves useful?
Lindsay Coulter, a fellow Queen of Green