July 3, 2010

Unusual Uses for Chalk

Repels Ants
To keep ants out of your house, draw chalk lines around your doorways and windowsills. Ants won't cross a chalk line. Why? It's not entirely clear, but some say the ants don't like the particles sticking to their feet, while others say they're averse to the calcium carbonate in the chalk. Whatever the reason, this nontoxic solution will keep ants outside where they belong. (Personal comment: After I came across this tip, I tried it the next morning...'cause my room was invaded by an army of ants. It worked. Then when I got home in the evening...funny thing is...the ants learned how to walk round the chalk lines! Clever, aren't they? But definitely they are less of them compared to the first day.)

Combats Mustiness
Hang a bundle of chalk in your closets and cabinets to keep them from getting damp and musty. The chalk will absorb excess moisture from the air -- humidity that otherwise leads to mustiness

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