Why you should never throw these little packets away

A few tips and tricks of what you can do with those 'annoying' silica gel packets you get in packaging.

Whether it be in a new handbag, pair of shoes or a bag of beef jerky -- chances are we've all encountered a silica gel packet.

Also known as a desiccant, the little packet is put inside many things we buy to absorb and hold water vapour.

While most of us are quick to toss it out, it's important to know that there are many other uses for a silica pack. Reporter Nathan Coleman has a few of them in the video above.

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