Unless you have kids, it’s probably been a while since you had a use for chalk in your life. But it turns out that the gradeschool staple has a lot of other uses that make it a must-have around the house, even if you don’t have kids.
So take a look at the uses to see why chalk’s not just a toy for kids.
If you take chalk and rub it under your nails, not only will you clear out dirt, but you’ll get a French manicure effect, too.
And you can sharpen the chalk to more easily access the underside of your nails.
If you rub a sticky or stubborn key with chalk, it will open locks more smoothly. Just apply the chalk to the outside edges of the key and try it until you get the desired effect.
Rub some chalk on fabric that’s fallen victim to grease stains, then wait ten minutes. Then toss the shirt into the washing machine as you would normally!
A leaky roof can cause some veryunappealing water stains on your ceiling and walls.
Rubbing chalk over the affected areas, however, masks the stains well enough that no one will know they were ever there.
Keep the Shine On Your Silver
Silverware tarnishes when exposed to moisture in the air, but you can counteract that effect by just storing your silverware with some chalk.
Just put it in a cheesecloth in the same drawer you use to store the silverware or jewelry.
Keep Closets and Hampers Smelling Fresh
Like baking soda, chalk is very absorbent. Not only does it soak up nearby moisture, but off-putting smells at well.
So toss it in a bag with your clothes or in a drawer and let it soak up any odors that might be floating around.
For some reason, ants hate to cross a line of chalk. Chalk also masks their scent, which can lead to confusion.
So if you get visited by ants from time to time, chalk can be a good line of defense.
Prevent Rust On Metal Items
The same way it clears up odors and prevents silver from tarnishing, chalk can keep the air dry, preventing rust on almost any metal item.
Just keep some chalk in a drawer or box near the items and you should be good!
Create “Safety” And “Danger” Zones For Kids
Let kids know where they are and aren’t allowed by drawing with chalk around dangerous items.
It’s easy to see and doesn’t leave any trace once you’ve washed up the area with water.
Just be sure to re-apply every so often!
If you’re having a hard time getting traction on a stubborn screw, try dusting the screw head with chalk.
It will help the screwdriver “grip” the screw better, making your life a lot easier!
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When chalk wears down to a nub, it’s still got some life left if you perform one trick.
Crush it up, add a tiny bit of water, then put it in a mold to dry.
It will re-form as a new solid piece, and in new colors!
Here’s a video outlining these hacks and some others!
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