Why you shouldn't throw away bags of silicone balls: where they can be useful

Yulia LoseynkoLife
Silica gel sachets are useful in different parts of the house

You've probably seen it - a small sachet with a warning not to eat its contents. You can find them in boxes of appliances, shoes or clothes. They contain balls of silica gel, a specially formed sodium silicate. It is an extremely hygroscopic substance that keeps things from getting too wet during transport. As a rule, these sachets are thrown away immediately after opening the box.

But it's a waste. Sante Plus magazine says that they can be very useful in the household. And come in handy in a whole bunch of different situations.

Protecting your shoes

During daily wear, shoes become saturated with moisture - this is sweat, which inevitably appears on the skin of the foot. You can remove it by placing such a bag inside each shoe overnight. This, in particular, will help to avoid the appearance of an unpleasant odour in the shoes. However, there is no need to throw away the silica gel afterwards. It can absorb much more moisture.

A wardrobe and bag care assistant

You can also get an unpleasant odour in a sports bag when you take your damp gym clothes home from training. Just put silica gel in it and it will absorb excess liquid.

Similarly, you can place the substance on each shelf in your wardrobe. In this case, the items in it will be reliably protected from humidity fluctuations. For example, during the rainy season or after the end of the heating season.

Preserving the archive

Despite the fact that most of our memories are now stored online in the clouds, many people still have archives of paper photos, or even films with negatives, VHS tapes, and even old documents at home. They all deteriorate from moisture. And silica gel can help prevent this. Sort your archive as you need it, put it in plastic containers with sturdy lids, and put 1-2 sachets of the substance in each.

Improve storage conditions for cosmetics and medicines

Cosmetics, some household chemicals, and especially medicines need the right storage conditions. High humidity is a serious violation of these conditions. Therefore, a sachet of silica gel in your cosmetic bag or first aid kit will be more than appropriate. Especially if you store these items in the refrigerator, which by definition has high humidity.

Earlier, OBOZREVATEL told you how to keep your bouquet fresh for a long time.

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