Why you shouldn't throw away those silica gel packets

By: Djenane Beaulieu, Buzz60

Looks can always be deceiving, especially when it comes to those Silica gel packets you always find tucked in the new shoes you just bought or at the bottom of your new bag. We always wonder why they're there and then just absentmindedly throw them out.

I mean most, if not all, of the packets clearly say in big letters: THROW AWAY, so why the heck not, right?!

But that instruction should probably change soon because those little seemingly useless packets are actually very handy! They're good for drying stuff out and freshening up any old sweaty clothes.

Ever accidentally drop your phone in the toilet or in a puddle and had a panic attack?

Well, no need to panic if you have silica gel packets on hand!All you need to do is remove the card from the phone and then place a few packets on the phone to absorb the water.

These silica beads protect almost anything from moisture. If you were vacationing at the beach and are packing wet swimsuits in your suitcase, stop right there.

Take those wet swimsuits and put them in a different bag with a few of, you guessed it, silica gel packets to sponge up that extra moisture.They're great for many other things like preserving disposable razors or pet food, protecting photographs and even knocking out that stench from sweaty gym bags or old library books.

Who knew they could be such life-savers?!

Scroll through to see the unusual uses of baby powder:

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16 unusual uses for baby powder

1. Sweat stains 

Iron in sprinkles of baby powder to get rid of yellow sweat stains. 

2. Fuller eyelashes

Use a clean mascara brush to add baby powder to your lashes. This trick primes them, adds volume and makes them look longer. After, apply mascara normally. 

3. Cool sheets

Instead of flipping to the cool side of your pillow, add a dash of baby powder in between the mattress and top sheet. Not only will any sweat be absorbed, but it'll keep your sheets cool on hot nights. 

4. Use as deodorant

On cooler days, pat baby powder under arms to absorb sweat and add a fresh smell. 

5. Make high heels more comfortable

Sprinkle baby powder in high heels to absorb sweat and keep your feet from swelling. 

6. Stop smelly dogs 

In between grooming, sprinkle baby powder in the dog's fur and brush through. Not only will the fur shine and smell clean, it will keep until next wash. 

7. Stop friction in rubber gloves

Moisture and rubber gloves do not mix well. Before putting on your cleaning gloves, coat hands lightly in baby powder. This will stop friction and make sure you can get those gloves off quickly. 

8. Get rid of grease and oil stains

Sprinkle baby powder on grease and oil stains, and dab with water. It basically lifts the stain from the shirt! After the next wash, those clothes will look good as new! 

9. Use as makeup setter

If you ever run out of face powder or makeup setter, add a brush or too of baby powder. Plus, it'll help with the shine! 

10. Help with razor burn

If your skin is irritated by a razor, stop inflammation with a few pats of baby powder. 

11. Hide smelly shoes

Old shoes, inevitably, will make your feet smell, even if you wear socks! Add in some baby powder to absorb sweat and mask the smell. 

12. Stop creaking floor boards

If you notice an uneven or particular irritating floorboard that won't stop sounding, toss in some baby powder into the seams. It'll stop the friction, thus silencing the noise!  

13. Untangle knotted jewelry 

Lay the jewelry on a flat surface, sprinkle baby powder and use a pin to gently pull it apart. 

14. Use as dry shampoo

If you don't have time in the morning to wash those locks or run to the store for dry shampoo, try baby powder. A few pats to your roots will eliminate the grease. Make sure to brush through your hair to disperse the powder. 

15. Mask the smell of furniture

If you notice your couch or any other furniture might me smelling musky, baby powder should do the trick. Not only will it leave your couch smelling fresh, it should help protect against stains as well. 

16. Remove sticky sand 

There's nothing worse than leaving the beach, only to find you're bringing the entire beach with you. Sprinkle baby powder on your feet and sticky hands, and the sand brushes off easily.  

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