How to Make a Moisture Absorber

Many times a bathroom drawer, stuffy closet or kitchen pantry can become filled with moisture. This can not only ruin the items housed within but also promote the growth of mold. One way to protect these objects is with a moisture absorber, or desiccant. These desiccant packs can be made at home with an old T-shirt, borax and white cornmeal. These packs can be placed inside any moisture-filled area to help prevent the growth and formation of mold.

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Step 1

Cut two 6-inch-by-6-inch pieces from an unwanted T-shirt with a pair of scissors.

Step 2

Set the two pieces on top of each other. Using a needle and thread, sew three of the edges closed with a straight stitch.

Step 3

Combine one cup borax and one cup white cornmeal in a medium-size bowl.

Step 4

Pour the cornmeal mixture into the T-shirt packet until it is three-quarters full. Avoid overfilling the packet. Use a funnel to pour the mixture into the packet to create less of a mess.

Step 5

Sew the fourth, open side of the packet closed with the needle and thread using a straight stitch.

Step 6

Set the moisture absorber into any areas of the home that have a moisture problem, including closets, luggage or under the bathroom sink.


Jaimie Zinski

Residing in Chippewa Falls, Wis., Jaimie Zinski has been writing since 2009. Specializing in pop culture, film and television, her work appears on Star Reviews and various other websites. Zinski is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in history at the University of Wisconsin.