Unusual uses for chalk

Unusual uses for chalk
Believe it or not, there are more than a couple ways grown-ups can use chalk too! And it doesn't involve creating an artistic masterpiece in the driveway. (Image: Thinkstock)

Chalkboard fonts and chalkboard paint have taken over the world of home décor. Every other Pinterest board has a way to introduce chalk and chalkboards into your living room. But chalk has a whole slew of uses that you might not know about:

1. Remove grease stains

If you end up with a spot of grease on your clothing, rub some chalk into the stain and let it sit for about 10 minutes, and the chalk will absorb the grease. Wipe off the powder and launder as usual!

2. Keep silver tarnish free

Chalk absorbs moisture so keep a few pieces of chalk in with your silver to keep it tarnish free for much longer.

3. Sand surfaces evenly

Can’t tell if the surface you are sanding is even? Rub chalk across the surface and sand until the chalk disappears. You will know it is even when the chalk is gone!

4. Prevent a screwdriver from slipping

If your flathead screwdriver won’t stick in the screw, coat the tip with chalk and proceed with ease!

5. Keep tools rust free

While on the subject of tools, put a few pieces of chalk inside your toolbox to keep your tools from rusting. That moisture absorbing quality pays off once again.

6. Keep ants at bay

Ants will not cross a chalk line, so draw a thick line outside any doors or windows where ants seem to be sneaking in.

7. Rid yourself of musty closets

The rainy winters of the Pacific Northwest mean closets can get musty in no time. Keep your clothing smelling fresh by hanging open bags of chalk in the closet to help absorb moisture.

8. Keep kids safe

During summer BBQ’s help keep kids safe by drawing a thick chalk line around the grill. If kids have a visual reminder of a danger zone they are less likely to come barreling into a hot grill.