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3 Genius Uses for Your Tablespoon

3 Genius Uses for Your Tablespoon | Make it do more than measure olive oil. Its strong, sharp edges work well to scrape and scoop.

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13 Genius New Uses for Kitchen Items

Cookie Cutter to Make a Cake Topper | Smart ways to repurpose parchment paper, cupcake liners, a vegetable peeler, and more.

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13 Genius New Uses for Kitchen Items

To soften cold butter quickly before baking cookies, shave off the amount you need with a peeler.

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13 Genius New Uses for Kitchen Items

If iron furniture has left a rusty blight on your concrete patio, mix up some lemonade Kool-Aid: The citric acid in it will help dilute the rust. Cover the stain with Kool-Aid, scrub with a stiff brush, and rinse with water once the stain starts to fade. Repeat if needed.

13 Genius New Uses for Kitchen Items

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Help retain the crispy bottom of last night’s pie by quickly microwaving leftover slices on a piece of parchment.

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13 Genius New Uses for Kitchen Items

Cover a leftover treat with an upside-down wineglass to prevent it from going stale or getting crushed. (Idea courtesy of Jan Urick, Gilbert, Arizona)

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For a soft glow, poke the bulbs on a strand of miniature lights through the flat bottoms of the liners.

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13 Genius New Uses for Kitchen Items

Layer squares of paper between burgers, steaks, or pork chops before freezing to make it easier to separate them later.

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Fill foil liners about two-thirds full with unwrapped crayon stubs in assorted colors, place in a muffin tin, and bake at 275° F until melted (about 10 minutes). Then freeze for cool colors with zigzag edges.

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13 Genius New Uses for Kitchen Items

To skim excess fat from soup without refrigerating it, fill a metal ladle with ice cubes and glide it along the surface a few times, wiping the ladle as needed. Excess fat will cling to the ladle’s bottom (and not yours).

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13 Genius New Uses for Kitchen Items

Place a number-shaped cookie cutter on a frosted cake, then fill in with a layer of sprinkles. Remove the cutter and—voilà!—the cake is decorated and candle-ready.

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13 Genius New Uses for Kitchen Items

Place liners in a muffin tin and fill with batter. In each cup, slip a ball of foil between the filled liner and the tin. This will create a notch at the cupcake’s top, shaping it into a “heart.” Bake as usual.

13 Genius New Uses for Kitchen Items

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13 Genius New Uses for Kitchen Items

Dish up fries, popcorn, and other snacks in grease-resistant parchment cones (seal them with tape).

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13 Genius New Uses for Kitchen Items

Make ice cream the crème de la crème by serving hot fudge or butterscotch from a gravy boat

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13 Genius New Uses for Kitchen Items

Thanks to its tight-fitting top, which locks in moisture, a jam jar is ideal for a moss-and-fern countertop garden.

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6 Fashion and Beauty Hacks

Can’t stop scratching that mosquito bite? Rub it with a bar of oatmeal- or aloe-infused soap to quell the urge.

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No use crying over spilled…wine. If you dribble some red on a shirt or a dress, submerge the soiled part in whole milk, squeeze out the excess immediately, then launder as usual. (If the item is dry-clean only, leave it for the pros).

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Blah costume jewelry or hairpins get trendy with a bright shiny coat.

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6 Fashion and Beauty Hacks

Keep your love notes clean: Scribble on a mirror with a bar of soap. It is cheaper than lipstick and wipes off more easily.

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6 Fashion and Beauty Hacks

Can’t stop scratching that mosquito bite? Rub it with a bar of oatmeal- or aloe-infused soap to quell the urge.

6 Fashion and Beauty Hacks

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Is that half-used gallon of Ivory Eggshell from four years ago full of lumps and rust? Use a pair of tights to filter out the impurities. Stretch the hose over a can or a bucket, secure it with a rubber band, and then pour the paint through.

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6 Organizing Tricks to Restore Your Sanity

Save space (and put a stop to cabinet avalanches) by storing cookie sheets, cutting boards, and pot lids in this desk accessory.

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6 Organizing Tricks to Restore Your Sanity

Cut shoe boxes in half, along the length or width, and fill the resulting compartments with folded underwear, socks, or stacked bras.

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6 Organizing Tricks to Restore Your Sanity

Tired of fumbling at the front door? ID each key with its very own shade of nail polish so that you can grab the right one in a flash.

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6 Organizing Tricks to Restore Your Sanity

To prevent leftover wrapping paper from denting, ripping, or unraveling before the next celebration, slide a cut leg of old tights over the roll.

6 Organizing Tricks to Restore Your Sanity

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