One of the most common applications for super absorbent polymers is their use as the water-absorbing ingredient in baby diapers. Like what?!
Yes,you heard it right… baby diapers!
If you are bad at remembering to water your plants, Grant Thompson has a great hack for you: just use diapers!
Did you know that diapers contain crystals that are non toxic, biodegradable and environmentally friendly. You have no idea what benefits diapers give. Try adding 4 cups of water to one and you will be amazed that nothing will leak and the diaper absorbs it all. The crystals in the diapers hold up to 500 times their weight in water.
This project is really easy and could save your plants that “accidentally” get forgotten about. One adult diaper makes over 12 cups of “hydro-gel” so maybe investing in a pack would be worth it.
- Firstly, get your adult diaper or baby diapers and fill them until they no longer soak up any water.
- Drain the excess water.
- Cut open to expose the hydro-gel and place into a mixing bowl and stir around for 30 seconds or so.
- Get another mixing bowl of potting soil and mix equal parts of potting soil with equal parts of hydro-gel. Mix the two together until they are properly mixed. – Voila. Easy peasy!
When completely mixed you will have an airy, super absorbent, super growing potting soil. Go ahead and pot your plants with your new super soil and your plants could go twice as long between watering because of the super absorbent water crystals in the soil.
You could make a super batch and work the mixture into raised beds or your vegetable garden and have the same results as the potting plants and possibly get a better yield at the end of it. Its a win win. The crystals in the soil should last a few seasons and help keep the soil moist longer than normal soil.
Sounds pretty COOL, right?
Not only that, if you want to store the crystals and have the gel for a vase of lowers that’s easy too. Just tear open the diaper and place the crystals on a piece of paper and add to a vase of water. The crystals will start to absorb the water and turn into a gel that will make your flowers thrive, especially if you add flower food to the water before you add the crystals.
In the video below, see what this guy did to your ordinary diaper and you’ll discover the trick to create super-soil to give a long life to your magnificent plants. Extracting the crystals that are inside a diaper you can indeed create a compound with exceptional absorbent capacity, which will release moisture to the plant in a gradual way and especially for a long time.
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