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Prevent Rusted Tools With This Surprising Hack

Tools sit in a wooden tool box.

For those who aren’t tool experts (hi, that’s me), you might not think about the fact that tools rust. Thankfully, there are plenty of products that exist to ensure this doesn’t happen, but you might not have them on hand.

Before you run to your local home improvement store, use blackboard chalk to prevent rust.

Iron and steel tools often rust when exposed to moisture in the air. If left untreated, they can become brittle and eventually break, which can be dangerous (not to mention costly). By placing a few pieces of good ol’ chalk in your toolbox, the chalk will absorb all the moisture in the air, keeping tools shiny and free of rust.

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When the rust has already made a special appearance.

And while you’re at it, toss a few small pieces of chalk into other areas where you store common stainless-steel products like jewelry boxes and silverware drawers. Just be sure to replace the chalk every few months, as the same pieces aren’t likely to protect your tools for an extended period of time.

While you have that box of chalk out, head to your laundry room because it can remove those laundry stains too!

Lindsay Ray Lindsay Ray
Lindsay is a lifestyle and beauty writer currently living in Arizona. She has several years of experience as a freelance writer and reporter, with a specialized interest in the beauty and lifestyle space. From beauty hacks to DIY home décor and everything in between -- Lindsay has a passion for crafting stories that entertain, educate, and inspire. Her writing has appeared in Thought Catalog, The List, Drink Me Magazine, the Auburn Examiner, and Litro Magazine in the United Kingdom. Read Full Bio »
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