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    When most people get a silica gel pack in a shoe box or beef jerky packet, their instinct is to toss it. But savvy DIYers have long known that the omnipresent desiccants are good for a lot more than keeping jerky dry.
    April 29, 2010
    Seth Porges, Jay Bennett, John Wenz, Eric Limer

    8 Clever Uses for Silica Gel

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    Sooo, you know those packets of silica? Every wonder what their purpose is? Well the secret is out. They accelerate the drying process much like baking soda but are more room efficient. There are many uses for silica so save the packets and reuse them when the tough get going. Another good thing about silica is that they are reuseable.

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    You find them in lots of places don't toss them! Reuse those silica gel packets. We generally drop ours in tool boxes to keep the tools from rusting but there are lots of uses!