Everyone likes getting a new package. There’s a shiny new item inside. Maybe it’s something you’ve been looking forward to getting for a long time, a little treat you’ve allowed yourself.
A little less fun than what’s in the package? The packaging itself!
There’s the box itself, and there’s also all the material designed to keep whatever’s inside safe in transit. If you’re lucky, it’s easily recyclable paper or plastic. If you’re very unlucky, it’s those horrible Styrofoam peanuts that stick to everything.
But there’s something else is in the packaging, too. They usually come in the form of tiny packets, like a sugar packet but smaller, and definitely not edible — it says “DO NOT EAT” right on the paper.
These are silica gel packets, and they’re most commonly found in shoe boxes, as well as in packaging with anything that needs moisture kept away. Typically, they’re tossed out once the package is opened.
The next time you get a new pair of shoes or something in the mail, hang on to those packets, especially if excess moisture is something you have to deal with in your home. Plus, reusing them keeps them out of landfills.
Check out what silica gel packets can do for your home below, and remember never to ingest them, or leave them in a place where small children can get to them.
What Do Those Little Packets Do Anyway?
Use #1: Dry Out Your Phone
Use #2: Keep Jewelry Bright And Shiny