What are we supposed to do with these?

By | February 12, 2012

Whenever I buy a new bag or some certain material items I find sachets of this “Silica” powder inside. When we were children we were told to “throw it away” because “its poison”. Naturally whenever I find them I immediately discard them because they are poison. As a matter of fact I think I am a little scared of them.

But then why would manufacturers go into the habit of placing two sachets of “poison” for us with every purchase? That’s ridiculous! There must be a reason why these sachets are included and it is not because they want to kill us by swallowing them!

What are these bags? and how are we supposed to use them? What do you do with them when you find them?


28 Responses to “What are we supposed to do with these?”

  1. lfcq8 says:

    its there to remove any moisture and r6oba

  2. Umtalal says:

    I think they are chemicals that suck up moisture, hence preventing humidity….I transfer them to bags that are being stored in my cupboard. But I’m not sure :)

  3. Umghanim says:

    The packet they come in is permeable so you dont have to open it, they do their job they way they are. They suck up moisture during transit so they dont arrive at the shop moldy.

    • danderma says:

      hmmm so at home I can throw them there is no need for them anymore! Its not like we live in a humid place or anything…

  4. Hassan says:

    Hi, those are used to stabilize the humidity of the object they come with during shipping time etc.. until sold, because moisture can damage leather and SILICA is an oxide that works on preventing this moisture inside of a bag/shoe or other products. I know some photographers who uses it for their Lenses that they plan on leaving for a long time.
    & Regarding “poison”, it isn’t really classified as that but surly it isn’t okay to deal with it :P
    I read once that inhaling very tiny small quantities of it over time can cause many issues which includes cancer (b3id ilchar 3ankom)

    • danderma says:

      Oh OK! Come to think about it chinna it has some kind of smell associated with it? Maybe that’s why we throw it away?

      • Hassan says:

        I don’t think it has any smell but I believe the smell you referring to is actually the new leather smell tabi3i tsir inside the Gel packet, some of my friends put 1 or 2 of those packets in the cars headlights because you know in winter kif el lights ysir da5la shway water drops shakla isn’t that nice and those packets works like a charm on the long term.

  5. Mona says:

    Wikipedia: Silica gel is most commonly encountered in everyday life as beads packed in plastic. In this form, it is used as a desiccant to control local humidity in order to avoid spoilage or degradation of some goods. Because of poisonous dopants and their very high absorption of moisture, silica gel packets usually bear warnings for the user not to eat the contents – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Silica_gel

    The packets are permeable so it works without having to open them ;)

  6. Ali Sleeq says:

    The Silica Gel beads absorb moisture through the porous packet material.

  7. May says:

    Silica gel is chemical agent that absorbs water vapor. It is placed in “permeable” packets, so it works by absorbing vapor through the permeable surface of the packets. Silica gel packets are placed in shoes boxes, bags, etc. to prevent moister from ruining the leather or any material that may be sensitive to water vapor. Hope that helps. :)

  8. Rummy says:

    Silica gel is a drying agent, meant to take the humidity out of the object in which it is placed. It can work even closed since all it does is absorb moisture. What’s funny though is that it is actually non-toxic meaning that it is not poisonous if eaten, but all packages say,” DO NOT EAT,” because it is not food and as well still can be harmful as a choking hazard.

    • danderma says:

      Hmmm so we are supposed to keep them just like that?! Does it really make a difference?
      Why on earth would anyone eat a packet of gel that they found in a handbag?!!!

  9. noon says:

    lol, thank you for asking th question, i never knew why, and every time i read then ” do not eat” part i just laugh :P why would we eat it, i think suicidal people would eat it when reading it :P

  10. mustafa says:

    I found that pack in a pack of nuts as well!!.Imagine if some kid ate them.Nuts manufactured locally here!!

  11. I always ask my mother this question and she keeps saying its to take away the r6oba 3ashan the items wont rotten.

  12. Summer says:

    For some reason I thought they were used to keep the insects away so that the bags stay 100 percent clean. I feel like an idiot after reading the comments!