Stop throwing out silica gel packets. Here are 10 nifty uses

You’ve probably seen these little packets in many of the things you buy. The packages contain silica gel. They’re included in products to keep your items safe from rot and mold. The gel inside the packets actually absorbs water vapors so your new television doesn’t gather moisture and your vitamins aren’t ruined by moisture in the air.
If you’ve just been tossing these packets into the garbage whenever you find them, stop! We’ve discovered 10 different ways you can use them around the house and garden.
1. Dry flowers
You’ll need a lot of those gel packets for this one (or you can supplement with silica from the craft store). After carefully trimming your flowers and covering them with the silica gel, they’ll come out dry, but look fresh and pretty.

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2. Save your phone
Separate your phone and battery. Place both into a sealable baggie with as many silica gel packets as you can find. Seal the bag and let it set until morning. (It sure beats wasting an entire bag of rice!)

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3. Keep your pumpkin fresh

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If your Halloween pal molds and rots too quickly, try tossing a few silica gel packs inside the carved pumpkin. It will keep moisture at bay and keep your jack-‘o-lantern mold-free a little longer. (Bonus: the gel packs aren’t flammable so you should be okay to light your jack–o-lantern as usual.

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