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5 Clever Uses For Chalk

Updated on February 19, 2014
Clever Ways To Use Chalk
Clever Ways To Use Chalk

Common Uses For Chalk

Chalk is most commonly known for its use in school when you are a youngster, for drawing on sidewalks and for playing games such as hopscotch. You probably also consider it a menace, particularly if the kids get their hands on it and become too 'creative' around the house.

Believe it or not, chalk isn’t all fun and games. There are in fact several practical and clever uses for chalk around the house. This versatile product is something you might just grow to have a brand new opinion on.

Let's look at 5 Clever Uses For Chalk

Did you know that the humble piece of chalk, in its various colors and shades, can actually be a very useful 'tool'?

  1. Stop Ants In Their Tracks: The theory is not completely understood however if you draw chalk lines around windows and doorways, there is every chance that ants will not step over it. Could this be the easiest way to stop ants in their tracks? Some say ants are nor keen on the chalk particles sticking to their little feet, whilst others suggest the reason is because they are averse to the calcium carbonate in the chalk.
  2. Remove Grease From Clothing: Nothing worse than an oily stain on your clothing. The absorbancy of chalk means that simply rubbing it onto the affected area and letting it sit for about 10 minutes will aid in removing the grease. Similar to salt. Throw it into the machine, or hand wash as required and you should see great results.
  3. Instant Wall Repairs: Clearly this requires matching the chalk color to your wall color however have you ever thought of using chalk to temporarily mend little nicks and scrapes on your walls. Simply draw over the mark or dent.
  4. Prevent your tools from rusting: As previously mentioned, chalk is absorbent and retains moisture so place a couple of sticks of chalk in your toolbox to help prevent the development of rust
  5. Redecorating Tool: If you are planning to redecorate and are tying to work out the placement of your furniture, chalk is a great temporary tool to use to mark out a new design on the floor. That way you can stand back and see if it will work before you start moving things around.

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      noname 2 years ago

      this is bad imformation

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      nivatha 3 years ago


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      Susan 4 years ago from India

      Great hub. well i was unaware of the 4th point that chalk prevent tools from getting rusted. Thanks for sharing.