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12 Surprising Uses for Chalk


More Clever Ways to Use Chalk.

5. Prevent Ant Infestations. For some reason, ants don’t like to cross chalk lines. Draw some on around your doorways, windowsills and wherever else the ants are coming in from to stop them in their tracks.

6. Label Reusable Jars. How’s this for clever: brush some chalkboard paint (for a DIY version of the paint, click here!) onto your reusable jars. Then, use chalk to write what each jar contains at the time. Want to use it for something else? Simply erase and rewrite.

7. Create a Barbecue “Safety Zone.” Children don’t always realize that they shouldn’t get to close to a grill. Draw a chalk line a few feet around the perimeter of the grill to make a designated “safety zone.”

8. Cover Up Wall Scrapes. Can’t stand the sight of those little nicks and scrapes on your walls? For a quick fix, find a piece of chalk that matches the paint color and just draw it in.


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Katie Waldeck

Katie is a freelance writer focused on pets, food and women’s issues. A Chicago native and longtime resident of the Pacific Northwest, Katie now lives in Oakland, California.


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4:10PM PDT on May 22, 2015

Some fascinating ideas, thanks.

7:44AM PDT on Mar 20, 2014

Fascinating. All new to me.

7:29AM PDT on Mar 20, 2014

Can't wait to try it on the tarnished pewter tea set I have. Some many ideas so little time.

2:29PM PDT on Mar 23, 2013

Thank you for the ideas.

6:07PM PDT on Mar 17, 2013


4:17AM PST on Mar 4, 2013

Great tips.Thanks for sharing

6:44PM PST on Dec 30, 2012

Thanks, more great tips....

7:24AM PST on Dec 30, 2012

I will be trying the ant trick. These articles are just great.

1:02PM PST on Dec 22, 2012

Nie znałam sposobu na mrówki, do tej pory stosowałam w ogrodzie proszek do pieczenia - też skutkował.

10:28PM PST on Dec 21, 2012

I think that ants do not cross the chalk for the same reason as diatomaceous earth-both feel soft to us, but contain glass-like shards for insects.

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