20 Aug '11, 11am

You definitely can't eat silica gel...but you can reuse it:

You definitely can't eat silica gel...but you can reuse it:

Silica gel is used as a desiccant, an odorless substance that naturally absorbs moisture to keep our purchases from spoiling, molding or degrading due to humidity. Photo: Flickr/Garrattc There are lots of ways to reuse to products like plastic bottles , fabric scraps and even old carpet …but did you ever think you could apply this mindset to something so small and seemingly insignificant as silica gel packets? Silica gel is used as a desiccant, an odorless substance that naturally absorbs moisture to keep our purchases from spoiling, molding or degrading due to humidity. The gel itself, which looks like tapioca beads, is nontoxic unless combined with certain solvents or chemicals. (If this is the case, it must be disposed of as hazardous waste.) These packets are truly ubiquitous, found in places like vitamin bottles and new shoes. Delay your reflex to chuck them straight ...

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