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What are ways to use a pencil other than writing?

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Uses for pencils other than writing include erasing marks and scratching one's head. Pencils can be used to clean out mud from the tread of shoes and boots, decorate picture frames, remove sticker or price tag residue and roll up a tube of toothpaste. A person can use a pencil eraser to remove crayon from walls and scuffs from vinyl flooring and to gently clean computer keyboards and cellphones.

Pencils can be helpful for minor household repairs and pest removal. Use a pencil to identify where a door is sticking. Start by scribbling down the latch side of the door with the pencil. Then, close and reopen the door. Finally, examine the door frame to find where the lead has smudged. The smudges indicate where the door and the frame are getting stuck together.

Use a pencil to repel moths. Pencils are typically made from cedar, which repels moths because of the odor. Fill small cloth bags with pencil shavings to prevent moths from chewing holes in clothing. Place the bags on closet shelves, or tie them to hangers. Refresh the bags periodically with shavings emptied from pencil sharpeners. Pencil erasers can also be used as a temporary back for an earring.


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