It is normal for us as a human being in this high-tech age to have belongings and important documents. We usually stored them into a very safe and secure place to keep them away from theft and fire. But this safe place is not enough. Moisture can still get inside and lead to mold and mildew damage. Luckily, there are several ways to absorb that moisture and still keep our belongings and and documents safe. Here are the natural ways to absorb moisture.
Lay silica gel packets inside your safe. Silica gel packets, which can be found in craft and hobby stores, as well as in shoe boxes, are a desiccant that absorbs moisture and can be used over and over again. Remove your silica gel packets once a year and dry them in the sun for four to six hours before returning them to your safe.
Place a 1/2 cup of dry rice inside a jar and place the jar in the safe. Rice is known to absorb moisture, and it doesn’t contain any harmful chemicals. Replace the rice in your safe every four to six months to maintain dryness inside the safe.
Open a box of baking soda and put it inside the safe. Sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) absorbs moisture and deodorizes, an added benefit if you are also trying to eliminate the odor of mildew from prior dampness.
Purchase a calcium chloride crystal moisture absorber such as DampRid or Moisture Absorbent. Calcium chloride crystals draw moisture out of the air and into the crystals, drying out your damp safe. These types of moisture absorbers can be found in the cleaning supply section of most grocery stores.
Place two to three moth balls in a glass and set the cup inside the safe. Moth balls are known to absorb moisture, but also contain toxic chemicals that may be harmful if ingested. Wash your hands thoroughly after handling to avoid accidental ingestion. Moth balls also put off an odor that could penetrate the items in your safe, and some people may consider that smell offensive.