Clay Desiccant Dehumidifier

Desiccants absorb moisture in the air to maintain a state of dryness.

There are several different types of desiccants including clay, silica, molecular sieves and many more.

Desiccants have been around since World War 1 when silica gel was placed in gas mask chambers to absorb vapors and gases.  Today you will find them in pharmaceuticals, packing, electronics and many other manufacturing industries.  Despite the ‘Throw Away’, ‘Do Not Eat’ warnings, desiccants are not toxic and are valuable to keep for future use.  Take a look at all the unexpected ways desiccants can be used around the house to prolong goods.

Gun safes and Ammo Cans make good use of Desiccants

Put packs in your ammo cans and gun safes to keep them dry.

Unwanted moisture are a seeds enemy

Place with seeds in storage to thwart molding.

Camera Case Desiccant

Add them to underwater cell phone or camera cases for extra protection

Desiccants prevent for on camera lenses

Keep a few in your camera case to prevent fog on a camera lens.

Cell Phone Desiccant

Rescue your cell phone or other electrical devices that have been exposed to water by submerging them in silica gel desiccants.

Save the Jack O'Lantern with a desiccant

Prolong the life of a jack-o-lantern by dropping a few packets inside.

Desiccants compliment keepsakes

Keep collectables in pristine condition when you store them with desiccants.

Desiccants Defog Wind Shields

Store a few packets in the dashboard to help keep your car windshield clear.

Desiccants prevent rust

Throw a few in the toolbox to keep tools free of oxidation.

Desiccants absorb moisture quickly

Dry flowers out faster by submerging them in silica gel.

Desiccants in Jewelry box prevents tarnishing

Slow down tarnishing jewelry or silverware by storing them with desiccants.

Protect expensive fishing flies

Dry out fishing flies with the use of desiccants.

Expensive leather shoes can be preserved

Prevent excess moisture where you store leather shoes.

Herb Storage Desiccant

Keep moisture out of herbs, spices, pet food, etc. by taping a desiccant pack to the top of the lid to keep moisture out.

Important keepsakes protected by a desiccant

Protect photos, VHS tapes, and important documents in storage by adding desiccants.

Prolong the life of Razor blades with a desiccant

Maintain razor blades by placing the blade in a container with desiccants.

Extend the life of Spices with Desiccants

Keep moisture out of herbs, spices, pet food, etc. by taping a desiccant pack to the top of the lid to keep moisture out.

Desiccants prevent mildew

Add Desiccants to items in storage to prevent mildew.

Even after they are full of moisture, silica can be ‘recharged’ in the oven, microwave or food dehydrator.  Pre-heat the oven to 275°F and line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and spread out the desiccants.  Bake for 1 to 12 hours depending on the thickness.  A general rule is baking 1 ½ hours for every 30 ounces of silica gel. For a faster recharge, place silica gel in a microwaveable bowl and heat for 3 to 5 minutes.  So next time you come across desiccants in consumer goods, hold on to them for future use!


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