During lockdown, online shopping has been a big help for those who weren’t able to find what they needed at their local supermarket.
But the only downside is that often deliveries turn up with a lot of excess packaging that we don’t always know how to dispose of correctly.
We obviously want to make sure we’re recycling as much as we can and not putting things in the bin needlessly.
This is why one woman was so excited when she discovered recently that there’s another way to dispose of all the packing peanuts that come with parcels – you don’t necessarily have to put them in the rubbish.
According to TikTok user @thattogspot the peanuts will dissolve if you run them under hot water.
In a video on the social media platform photographer Jessica McGovern explained that she’d ordered a new lens for her camera and when it arrived, the box was full of the packing peanuts.
She was about to put them in the trash, when her husband stopped her and told her to put them in the sink instead.
Jessica then filmed herself filling the sink with the peanuts and running hot water, showing how they dissolve almost instantly.
She captioned the video, writing: “I was today years old when I learnt this.”
The video has since been watched more than 50,000 times and garnered over 3,300 likes.
Hundreds of people also took the time to comment, with many sharing their surprise at the discovery.
One person said: “What the actual!”
Another replied: “OMG I’ve just tried it. Can’t believe I didn’t know this until today!”
However, others claimed they had already known about this, while some pointed out that it won’t work with all packing peanuts.
A different user wrote: “Not all of them do that. Only the biodegradable ones. Many places like FedEx and UPS won’t use those because they are less protective.”
Someone else added: “Not all of them do this, it’s a relatively new thing that came out a few years ago.”
A few people were also concerned about putting them in the sink, with a fellow user suggesting: “Better to dissolve them in a sieve or colander then pour or bits can block your sink.”
A second proclaimed: “Just because they dissolve or are made of starch doesn’t mean it’s good to go down your sink. Please don’t.”
A third person recommended using the dissolved mixture to water plants with, saying: “You can water your plants with this. It’s good for Orchideas for example.”