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13 Smart Kitchen Tricks You'll Actually Want To Try

Easy ways to up your game in the best room in the house.

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1. Learn how to seal your chip bag without a clip (and two other useful chip-bag hacks) so you're never stuck with a stale chip again.

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Wellll, maybe *eventually* you'll have to deal with stale chips, but at least you won't need to use a plastic clip to keep them fresh. Watch the video here.

2. Enjoy bushels of corn without any burned fingers by making these dinosaur-toy corn holders.

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You could, of course, use other small plastic toys (like horses or sea creatures) —they don't have to be prehistoric. Get all of the supplies you need to make a set of six of these here for $23.45, and get the tutorial here.

3. Install a tension rod under your sink so your kitchen cleaning items are always close at hand but out of sight.

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The ultimate goal, tbh. Here's how to do it, and you can get an affordable rod here for $6.67. (Just make sure to measure the width of the cabinet you want to organize before ordering — if you need a rod that fits smaller spaces, try this one, $6.08, which fits cabinets between 26 and 40 inches).

4. Stun everyone at your next party by building this tiered tray to serve cheese, bread, meats, pretzels, chocolate...really whatever you want.

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It's a super-cheap way to look extra fancy using the supplies you already got for your party. Here's how to make one.

5. Bring your kitchen from dull to sparkling by polishing it with a grapefruit and salt.

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Super easy, super effective (especially on cuttting boards). Here's how to do it.

6. Accessorize with custom mugs that you make with washi tape and nail polish.

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Tea is even better when you drink it out of a cup made with ~love~. Learn how to make the washi tape striped mugs here (and get enough supplies to make a set of a dozen of them here, $39.45), and the nail polish marbled mugs here (supplies for a dozen — including 10 nail polish colors — here, $43.66).

7. Rescue a pan that you accidentally scorched by boiling it with cream of tartar and water.

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See the transformation and learn how to do it here. If you don't have cream of tartar, you can buy it at the grocery store (in the the spices section), or order some $5.99.

8. If you ever (gasp!) run out of teabags but have tons of loose-leaf tea lying around, you can always use a coffee filter as a backup.

9. Keep a few basic herbs fresh at hand with a small, build-it-yourself garden, then keep it near the kitchen window.

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You'll need 6-inch, 8-inch, and 12-inch clay pots, plus a saucer for the largest pot. Get all of the other supplies here. Learn how they did this here.

10. Put a stop to any and all spills from the high chair by gluing suction cups to the bottom of the bowl.

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I KNOW, RIGHT!?! Read more about how to do this here, and get everything you need to make a set of six bowls here, $31.27.

11. Next time you find yourself at a party without a wine opener, try one of these hacks to help get the cork out.

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Some of them destroy the cork, but maybe that's okay. Here's how to do it.

12. Organize your wine using just a little bit of glue and some empty vegetable cans.

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Spray paint optional (and will make it take longer than 30 minutes). Of course, the glue also has to dry overnight before you can weigh it down with heavy wine. Learn how to do it here, and get all of the non-recycling supplies you need from here for $13.41.

13. Put together a rolling shelf that fits perfectly between your fridge and the wall.

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It's perfect for tiny apartment kitchens. Get the tutorial here, and most of the supplies and tools (except a few cuts of wood, which you can get from the hardware store) you need here, $53.57, and a highly rated drill here for $45.04.

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