This is another one of those, I am not sure if this is an awesome idea or a what the heck is going on, but it seems valid so I am going to point a light at it, and see what you think.
Lebanese photographer Alexy Joffre Frangieh does extreme conditions timelapses and every once in a while he has to give his lenses a good dry-off. Instead of using silica gels (like the rest of us) he came up with an interesting spin-off. Alexy uses menstrual pads both as means of keeping his lenses dry in their cases and as a way of drying off wet or humid lenses.
While it makes sense somehow since those pads contain polyacrylate gel which absorbs liquids. But still….
Alexy uses those quite freely and you can check his site below to see how well they work for him. But still….
[Menstrual Pads For Drying Lenses | Alexy Joffre Frangieh]