These pouches filled with silicon dioxide or silica gel (Silica gel) are usually found in shoe boxes. Most of us will get rid of them immediately, thinking they are toxic or at least useless. The reality is different. Although silicon dioxide should not be swallowed, it has many other uses inside our homes.
Silicon dioxide: what is it?
Silicon dioxide is a chemical compound that is obtained by combining a silicon atom with two oxygen atoms. Its chemical formula is therefore written SiO2. There are several forms of silicon, according to which its properties vary. It is generally used in the manufacture of glass, cement and anti-reflective coatings.
As for silica gel, it is a silicon hydroxide composed of porous grains whose size varies according to the method of preparation. In addition to its chemical use, silica gel is used in the protection of certain foods and objects against moisture, in the litter of animals and to dehydrate herbaria and bouquets of dry flowers.
Here are some practical ways to use these white or light yellow granules in your home:
1. Keep your training equipment dry
As explained above, silica is used to absorb moisture, and putting these small bags in your gym bag or training equipment will prevent the growth of bacteria, especially since wet environments are very conducive to their multiplication. The silica bags will help you eliminate odors and keep your bag dry and clean.
2. Extend the life of your makeup
To prevent your makeup powder from becoming wet, simply put one of these bags in your makeup bag.
3. Preserve your wardrobe from mold stains
In the same way, putting silica gel sachets in your closets will prevent the spread of moisture and the stale smell that accompanies it. No more musty spots!
4. Restore your drowning phone
The most amazing use of silicon dioxide is probably the restoration of your phone dropped into the water. In such a situation, the first thing to do is to remove the SIM card and the battery, then put your phone in the middle of 4 or 5 bags of silica gel that will absorb moisture and dry your phone more quickly.
5. Fight rust
Sliding a few bags of silica gel into your jewelry box will help protect against tarnishing. By the way, you can do the same for your silverware, your toolbox, and even your razors!
Now that you know what these little bags can do for you, it would be a real shame to throw them away.