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Sure, we all know not to eat silica gel when it comes in small packets in shoeboxes and electronics packaging, but what can you do with it besides throw it away? Impact Lab has some suggestions:


Protect personal papers and important documents by putting some gel in a baggie wherever these are stored.

Keep with photos to spare them from humidity. Tuck a small envelope in the back of frames to protect even the ones hanging on your walls.

Leave a couple packs in your tool box to prevent rusting.

Use the material to dry flowers.

Place with seeds in storage to thwart molding.

Dry out electronic items such as cell phones and iPods. Remember after the device has gotten wet, do not turn it back on! Pull out the battery and memory card and put the device in a container filled with several packs. Leave it in there at least overnight.

Slow silver tarnishing by using the gel in jewelry boxes and with your silverware.

For items in storage, such as cars or anything prone to mildew.

Tired of buying big bags of pet food only to have it get soggy? Store your kibble in a bin and tape some silica packs to the bottom of the lid.

[via Make: Online]

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Becky Stern is a Content Creator at Autodesk/Instructables, and part time faculty at New York’s School of Visual Arts Products of Design grad program. Making and sharing are her two biggest passions, and she's created hundreds of free online DIY tutorials and videos, mostly about technology and its intersection with crafts. Find her @bekathwia on YouTube/Twitter/Instagram.

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