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Reuse Silica Desiccant Packets in Packages


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When I've ordered something, most always the box has those "silica" packets. I re-use them. Some examples: in a photo box, where you've stored until "someday" you'll get around to them, or in my power tools carrying cases. Anywhere you might have moisture.

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By Kathy (Guest Post)
February 25, 20080 found this helpful

Two things: First, the Silica absorbs moisture to a point and then is no good. Sometimes you can put it in the oven and dry them out, sometimes not. They will change color.
Also, even though they are marked "do not eat" I've had a child do that and it is an issue with poison control. (It was part of an Army MRE and she thought it was a packet of seasoning.)

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By katie Genereux (Guest Post)
February 25, 20080 found this helpful

Thanks keeper. Very good use for those little packets. I will not throw them out next time.

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March 2, 20080 found this helpful

I like to use them to keep moisture away from my dried flower containers. Ask family and friends to save them for you.

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By guest (Guest Post)
September 12, 20080 found this helpful

I was just down in Dominica and I put a couple in a ziplock bag and stored my external hard drive in there when I wasn't using it. Exposed to the humidity of the outside air and everything for a year. Didn't break yet but I don't know for sure if that was from the dessicant.

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But in general, humidity is never good for electronics. I had an idea for re-use/re-drying them but not sur eif it will work. AC units put out dry air right? - maybe the fridge would have dryer air than normal.

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June 2, 20190 found this helpful

If you have a gas oven with pilot light that keeps it warm you can put them on a cookie sheet in there overnight to dry out again. I put them in my boxes of old photos and in the plastic boxes where I store all the letters my parents wrote to each other during WW2. You can also use the beads to dry flowers.

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