Nifty·Posted on Feb 27, 20176 Unexpected Uses for Those Baggies of Silica Beads From Your New ShoesThey aren't the worthless, hazardous pieces of crap that you thought they were.by by CarolineEmillerBuzzFeed Motion Pictures Staff, by NiftyBuzzFeed ContributorFacebookPinterestTwitterMailLink 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.