Desiccant Packs, often found in shoe boxes and made of silica gel, are a mystery for people who do not understand their purpose and benefit. These little packages pack a punch, reducing humidity in their environment by fifty percent and working in both low and high temperatures. Not only do desiccant packs absorb water, but by using the gel pack, packages are also relieved of odor-causing olefins, ammonia, aromatics and alcohol.
This absorbent pack helps to protect food, leather, medications, batteries, antiques, pictures and many more important items. Desiccant packs are a great investment for households and businesses.
Finding these little packs can be difficult. Often, they are bought in large bulk by companies. For more personal use, it is not economical. If someone is interested in using them for various needs, beyond packing shoes, they can make desiccant packs on their own. There are just a few simple rules to follow!
DIY Desiccant Packs
A local craft store is a great place to start. Since silica gel is used for often drying flowers (it is known to absorb 40% of its weight in water), it is readily available along with small plastic containers and mesh. Place the silica gel into the plastic container that will have to have holes pokes in the top. before closing the lid, a piece of mesh needs to be placed between the silica gel and the lid (to prevent spillage).
For a less expensive creation, someone can try using old drink containers or coffee cans and coffee filters in lieu of mesh. When the silica gel has absorbed its maximum amount of water and chemicals, the desiccant pack can be replenished – thereby reducing the waste of having to buy completely new packaging. To regenerate the silica, it just needs to be removed from its container, placed on a baking sheet, and placed in a 300 degree oven for at least three hours. Once cooled, the gel can be returned to desiccant packs containers. (Make sure the baking sheet is no longer used for food preparation!)
With some simple household items, silica gel, and a little time, desiccant packs can get created to protect the important things in life.