Emily Shwake / BuzzFeed / Nifty Despite the warning labels that come on silica gel packets, these babies are actually pretty useful for keeping things dry! BuzzFeed / Nifty If you don’t purchase new shoes often, you can order them online ($7.99). You can even reuse your old silica packets if they get damp: place them in the oven at 275ºF/135ºC on an aluminum foil-lined baking tray for about an hour to dry out. Here are a few ideas that will come in handy for months and months! 1. Save your phone if it gets wet by sticking it in a baggie with a few packets. BuzzFeed / Nifty Don't waste your nice basmati rice on this annoying project: silica gel packets work much better. 2. Tuck a packet in your salt to keep it from clumping up. BuzzFeed / Nifty 3. Keep chips from going stale by taping it to the inside of the bag. BuzzFeed / Nifty A bunch of food—like jerky and Asian snacks—actually come with these inside. 4. Store photos and other paper memorabilia with a packet to keep everything dry. BuzzFeed / Nifty 5. Seal the packets with a damp swimsuit if you don't want it to reek when you take it out. BuzzFeed / Nifty This works with gym clothes as well. 6. Line your dashboard with a few packets to keep the windshield from fogging up. BuzzFeed / Nifty Watch the video here. View this post on Facebook Facebook: video.php Catch up with more weird tricks on BuzzFeed's Nifty.