How to Use Liquid Chalk

There are many different ways to use liquid chalk. Liquid chalk is very useful for sports, outdoor hobbies, exercise, and any other activity which requires frequent gripping.

Use Liquid Chalk on Your Hands

To use liquid chalk, you simply need to apply a small amount of it to your palm and smooth it over your skin. It’s much simpler and cleaner than traditional powdered chalk. Using chalk for grip is a time-honored tradition in many sports. However, block chalk, rosin bags, and powders are becoming impractical for many athletes. Traditional grip chalk is still useful, but it’s messy, wasteful, and a pain to lug around. Not only are they being phased out of many gyms, but they are outright banned in some. Liquid grip chalk, however, is almost universally accepted as a cleaner, safer alternative. Competition sports have embraced liquid chalk, and it is approved for use in many professional sporting arenas.

Clean, Simple, and Effective

Popular within the climbing community, liquid chalk is favored for its compact size, long-lasting wear, and durability. Brands such as Liquid Grip provide added protection against blisters and minor abrasions by forming a sort of “second skin” on the user’s palms and fingertips. This is a welcome benefit, especially considering many athletes would not be able to effectively participate in their sports with injured hands. This “second skin” also provides an excellent gripping surface which remains dry and slightly tacky regardless of how sweaty or wet the environment becomes.

How Do You Use Liquid Chalk for Athletes?

  • – Climbing: Whether it’s indoor climbing on a wall, traditional outdoor climbing, bouldering, or just scrambling while hiking, liquid chalk is a tried and true companion for many mountaineers.
  • – Canyoneering and Deep-Water Soloing: Because these activities may include swimming, liquid chalk is ideal. Powdered chalk would wash away instantly; liquid chalk remains on your hands even when it gets wet.
  • – Basketball: It’s excellent for receiving passes and maintaining control over the ball without leaving behind a messy residue.
  • – Baseball: Use it on your fingertips instead of a rosin bag for pitching and outfield positions. Liquid chalk is also helpful for exerting proper control over the bat.
  • – : Use liquid chalk to achieve a perfect spin or improve your catch and carry.
  • – Pole-Fitness: Apply it to your hands, arms, legs, or midsection for greater friction against the pole while practicing routines and working out.
  • – Rugby: Much like football, liquid chalk can be used in rugby to maintain a perfect hold on the ball even in the muddiest conditions.
  • – Golf: It’s a perfect alternative to making tacky grips. You can preserve and lengthen the life of your grips while simultaneously protecting the skin on your palms and fingers by using liquid chalk.
  • – Weightlifting and Bodybuilding: A clean, gym-friendly alternative to powdered chalk, liquid chalk can be used to strengthen your grip with a variety of weights.
  • – Cheerleading: A much more discreet choice than traditional powdered chalk, liquid chalk can be applied carefully to the insides of your fingers to improve your grip during competitions without interfering with your team’s presentation.
  • – Arm Wrestling: It’s excellent for hanging on to both your competition’s hand as well as the table peg, and completely free of residue.
  • – Bowling: Both indoor and outdoor bowlers can benefit from liquid chalk, as it removes the need to use messy resins or expensive gloves.
  • – CrossFit: Crossfitters quite often use powdered chalk and rosin bags, but liquid chalk is far more efficient, clean, and gym-friendly – not to mention easier on the lungs.

What is In Liquid Grip?

Liquid Grip contains magnesium carbonate, alcohol, thickener, and a light fragrance. Magnesium carbonate is the “chalk” portion of the mixture. This is used instead of calcium carbonate, which is what you would typically find in block or powdered chalk. The alcohol portion evaporates quickly and allows the liquid chalk to dry within seconds. The thickener is 100% natural and includes rosin, which helps provide a slight tackiness. Fragrance is added to eliminate the alcohol smell, and it is largely undetectable once the product has dried.

What About Other Kinds of Liquid Chalk?

Other types of liquid chalk may include food coloring or ethanol, and some brands may not include rosin. Brands without rosin are appropriate for those with colophony allergies, but may degrade rapidly or be unsuitable for underwater use. Homemade versions of liquid chalk may also fail to include rosin, or may use entirely different ingredients. Flour, honey, cornstarch, corn flour, sidewalk chalk and even melted gummy bears have all been used in homemade chalks. These homemade liquid chalks can be effective, but they are a tremendous hassle to clean up. Some recipes have been used by Olympians with great praise, but always with the caveat of extreme messiness. To stay within regulation guidelines and to save yourself the headache of a tough cleanup job, using approved products such as Liquid Grip is generally recommended unless you absolutely have to avoid certain ingredients due to allergies. Finally, there are erasable liquid chalk ink markers and pens which are for crafting. These markers are great for making colorful chalkboard signs, and some people even use the ink on their hair, but they won’t do much to improve your grip.

General Tips

How to Apply

There are many ways you can apply liquid chalk. Most people will only use it on their hands, but some people will find it can be helpful when applied to their sides, thighs, or even the insides of their elbows or knees. It all depends on where you need extra grip.

Clean Hands

Make sure your hands are free of grime when you apply liquid chalk. You are guaranteed a good hour and a half of use, but if there are thick particles between the chalk layer and your skin, it won’t adhere as well.

Travel Size

Make use of your carabiner bottle and refills. Liquid Grip comes in a convenient carabiner size, which is a hassle-free way to attach it to your gear. You can carry this much easier than traditional grip chalk, and it won’t make a mess of your bag.


Don’t rub your hands like you’re applying lotion when you put on liquid chalk. Instead, simply smooth the liquid chalk over the top of the desired area and let it dry, which takes only a few seconds. It will adhere to your skin naturally and does not require rubbing.

On the Job

Additionally, liquid chalk is not just for serious athletes. It can also be very useful for people with hands-on jobs or even tough gardening work that requires a bit more finesse than is possible with gloves. Liquid chalk is perfect for any situation where you might want to give your hands a bit of protection and increase your gripping power.

How Do You Use Liquid Chalk?

  • – Place a dime-sized drop of liquid chalk on the palm of one hand.
  • – Smooth the liquid chalk over your palms and the undersides of your fingers. When properly applied, the chalk will sit on the skin in a thin layer.
  • – Allow the chalk a few moments to dry.
  • – Start lifting! You have a full hour and a half before Liquid Grip will need to be reapplied.
  • – Alternatively, liquid chalk may be applied anywhere else on your body. This is great for gymnastics and other activities that require gripping with your legs or arms.
  • – When finished, simply wash with soap and water.

How Do You Use Liquid Chalk

Frequently Asked Questions

Liquid Grip is a water based hydrocellulose thickener that allows for rosin and chalk to mix in a suspension formula. This new innovative product is an exceptional drying agent that gives the user a dry and rosin feeling when applied. The product dries within seconds of applying and once dry binds to the fatty acids and does not transfer to clothing or the ball. As with rosin in its powder state and chalk, both leave a residue of dust that slightly transfers and ultimately can be inhaled by the user causing discomfort. Liquid Grip outperforms both products leaving no mess or transfer only giving the user a longer more effective grip. Once you apply Liquid Grip you will immediately feel the rosin’s properties bind to your palms and give you the extra grip you need when your palms start to sweat. In addition, Liquid Grip helps prevents blisters.

Liquid Grip is approved for use:

NCAA- Football
NCAA- Baseball and Softball “all fielding positions”
NCAA- Track and Field
NFHS- Baseball and Softball
NFHS- Track and Field
ASA- Softball
FIG- Gymnastics
USPF- Power lifting

* Currently awaiting approval from the MLB

Yes! Liquid Grip is ideal for any athlete who requires a dry grip.

Rock climbing
Pole vaulting
Cross fit
Pole dancing
Competition shooting
Kettle bells
And many more!

Liquid Grip has a broad spectrum of uses beyond sports. Liquid Grip can be used in fields such as: Physical therapy, Construction, Mechanics, Military and Law enforcement as well.

Liquid Grip is an exceptional drying agent giving you the dry hands you want and the rosin tack you need when your palms begin to sweat. Its revolutionary formula allows the desiccants “chalk-rosin” to bind to the fatty acids instead of drying them out as normal chalk and rosin due leaving a barrier of grip on the users hands while leaving no messy dust or residue.

A small amount goes a long way! Typically the sodium potassium will break down the all natural ingredients within 90 minutes.

Simple, just wash your hands with warm water and soap.