We bet you thought those silica gel packets you get in new handbags and shoe boxes are just useless, right? Well apparently, they're actually worth holding on to!

Verity Mann, Head of Product Testing at the Good Housekeeping Institute,  told us the silica gel actually absorbs moisture, meaning it comes in handy around the house. For example, you can add them into smelly gym bags, your underwear drawer or even your suitcase when there's a wet swimsuit in there, where it will absorb moisture and keep smells at bay. 

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Dr Elks, laboratory manager at Intertek UK also told the Daily Mail that they can extend the life of a razor blade by drying out the metal razor more quickly. 

Keeping silver cutlery wrapped up with a silica gel packet can also prevent tarnishing.

So what exactly is silica gel?

Silica gel packets are used to absorb moisture and keep things dry. Brands add them to new products, particularly shoes and handbags to stop products from dampness. 

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Are they poisonous? 

Although the packets have a huge 'DO NOT EAT' sign, silica gel is actually non-toxic, so on its own it's not actually posionous. However you should obviously keep them inaccessible to animals and small children who could eat them, as they can potentially have traces of other bad chemicals, and are a chocking hazard. Thrown all yours away? Aside for finding them in your new belongings, you can actually buy those little silica gel packets online, and Tesco even sells them as a bigger packet. 

So, sometimes the best things in life are free! 


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