Tips using Chalk – ChatterTip July 2013

Tips using Chalk

© Louisa J. Curtis

In case you hadn’t noticed, I love researching home remedies and useful tips that utilize natural ingredients or items found in your kitchen pantry and around the home (I have done since I was young) and, that I also tie in the tips with the Astrological sign for each month. It’s not just about finding natural cures – it’s also fascinating to me when the cure or remedy uses an unexpected item, just like with the mayonnaise last month! So this month for July and the sign of Cancer, I decided to go with unusual Tips using Chalk.

Why Chalk, you might ask? Well, the Homeopathic Cell Salt for the sign of Cancer is Calcarea Fluorica, or Fluoride of Lime. What do we take when we have an upset stomach? My mother, who was a Cancer, used to drink bottles of Milk of Magnesia (also known as Magnesium Hydroxide), a thick white milky medicine used primarily as an antacid and/or laxative. Notice, it is called “Milk” of Magnesia and the Sign of Cancer rules over Milk and all dairy products, as well as the breasts and the stomach! Check out this article from The Daily Mail online with a headline that reads, ‘Drink Phillips’ Milk of Magnesia and slip into that cocktail dress’: Fifties ads use humor to help women tackle constipation!Now, the solid mineral form of Magnesium Hydroxide is known as Brucite, and according to Wikipedia, it is a common alteration product of (among others), a low-temperature hydrothermal vein mineral in metamorphosed Limestones… [Did somebody say LIMEstone?] And Brucite is often found in association with (to name but a few) CalciteMagnesite and Talc [all sounding pretty “chalky” to me!] If you live in an area with “hard” water (which I did growing up), the Limescale that forms inside your kettle is Calcium Carbonate. Many Antacid Tabletscontain Calcium Carbonate, or Chalk. It is a common substance found in rocks in all parts of the world, and is the MAIN component of shells of marine organisms and eggshells – and last I looked, Cancer the Crab has a “what” on its back? That’s right, a shell!

So, since July is the Seventh Calendar Month, I figured I’d give you Seven Tips Using Chalk:

1. Keeping Tools Rust-Free

Eliminate moisture and prevent rust from invading your toolbox by simply putting a few sticks of Chalk in the box. Apparently the tools and box will remain rust-free.

2. Polishing Marble & Metal

To make Metal shine like new, place some Chalk Dust on a damp cloth and wipe. Buff with a soft cloth for an even shinier finish. And for Marble, wipe clean using a damp cloth dipped in Powdered Chalk, rinse with clean water and dry thoroughly.

3. Preventing Silver & Jewelry from Tarnishing

Not too many people have time to polish their silver cutlery these days, but if you place a couple of sticks of Chalk in with the silverware, it will absorb any moisture and slow down the tarnishing. This also works with your jewelry box as well!

4. Reducing Closet Dampness [Too bad I didn’t know about this one sooner!]

Tie a dozen pieces of Chalk together in a bundle and hang in your closet. The Chalk will absorb any moisture and help to prevent mildew. Replace every few months, as necessary.

5. Removing Grease Spots

Rub some Chalk onto a grease spot on clothing or table linens and let it absorb the oil before brushing it off. If the stain lingers, rub Chalkinto the stain again before laundering. This is also a good trick apparently for removing those rings around your shirt collars!

6. Repelling Ants

Ants are repelled by the Calcium Carbonate in Chalk, so simply draw a line with the Chalk around all of the entry points in your home where the ants come in. Scattering powdered Chalk around garden plants will also help to repel both Ants and Slugs.

7. Stopping Slippery Screwdrivers

Does your screwdriver slip when you attempt to tighten a screw? Well, supposedly it won’t slip nearly as much if you wipe the tip of the screwdriver blade with some Chalk first.

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