The Best Way Close Chip Bags Without Clips

Sealing stick chip clips - collage: woman holding sealing sticks; putting a stick on a bag of chips

The Best Chip Clips Aren’t Actually Clips

The inspiration for today’s post comes straight from the “build a better mousetrap” file. And it all started a few weeks ago, when I decided that I had had it up to here with “chip clips!” (No, seriously!)

I have been using various forms of chip clips to close up bags of chips, rice, pasta, beans, etc. in my pantry for nearly my whole life. Sometimes they were the actual fancy chip clips they sell at the grocery store, but most of the time I just ended up using a very un-fancy clothespin instead.

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Sealing stick chip clips - woman with several different bags of food all sealed with sealing sticks

As I’m sure you’ve experienced for yourself, there are several drawbacks to using chip clips (or clothespins) to “seal” bags of food. Not only do they do a pretty poor job of keeping things fresh because they don’t form an airtight seal, but they’re usually cheaply made and easy to break.

And perhaps less important, though still irritating, is the fact that I’ve never come up with a good way to store chip clips and clothespins, so I could never find them when I need them.

Sealing stick chip clips - woman holding two different sized sealing sticks with many more sticks on the counter in front of her

Why Gripstics Are The Best Way To Seal Chip Bags

Well, all of that changed when I recently stumbled across a new product (or at least it was new to me) called a Gripstic. And to my surprise and delight, these brilliantly simple sealing sticks turned out be the “better mousetrap” I had been searching for!

Not only do they solve the problem of how to close a chip bag without a clip, but they seal bags tightly and are easy to store too.(They’re about the size of a drinking straw, so I store mine in a mason jar in my pantry.)

Gripstics are the best way to seal chip bags, and many other bagged foods (see below), that I’ve come across so far!

Sealing stick chip clips - showing how to slip the sealing sticks onto the folded food bag

How To Use Grip Sticks

To use them, you start by folding down the top edge of an open bag. Slide the protruding guide under the fold of the bag, then keep sliding the stick across the bag until the entire width of the bag is wedged between the inner stick and the outer sleeve.

It’s a really quick action once you get the hang of it. To unseal the bag, you just slide the stick off in the opposite direction you slid it on.

Sealing stick chip clips - woman with many different sized bags of food, all sealed with sealing sticks

What Can You Seal With Gripstics?

You can use Gripstics to seal:

  • Chip bags and cracker bags
  • Frozen foods like corn and peas
  • Pantry items like flour, sugar, and chocolate chips
  • Bags of candy
  • Bags of cereal
  • Bags of beans, rice, and pasta
  • Bags of salad and other greens
  • …and more!
Sealing stick chip clips - bag of spaghetti, bag of chocolate chips, and several tiny bags of cookie decorations all sealed with sealing sticks

Not only do I love how much easier and more effective they are, but I also feel good about being able to cut back on how many ziplock bags we use in the kitchen. Instead of putting a half-used bag of frozen corn into a ziplock bag before putting it back in the freezer, I just use a Gripstic instead!

They’re also extremely handy to have in the car during longer trips. Rather than allowing half-eaten bags of chips to go stale or potentially spill everywhere, I can seal them up with a Gripstic to keep them fresh!

Sealing stick chip clips - woman holding five different sizes of sealing sticks, each a different color

Where Can I Buy Gripstics?

I got this 12-pack of Gripstics for about $24 on Amazon, which included:

  • (1) 13-inch stick
  • (3) 11.25-inch sticks
  • (3) 8.75-inch sticks
  • (3) 7.25-inch sticks
  • (2) 5-inch sticks

If you aren’t sure you want to commit to buying a dozen of them just yet, you can get a 3-pack on Amazon for around $8. The sticks in this set are 11.25 inches, 8.75 inches, and 7.25 inches, so you’ll be able to test them out on a variety of different types of bags.

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  • I decorate cakes and cookies with homemade frosting and these work great to keep frosting from leaking back out of the bag while you’re squeezing it!

  • I also use them out of the kitchen — Seal the bag of road salt and it will stay loose and easy to scoop. Seal the bag of leftover potting soil; no critters! Seal the dogfood; no racoons/opposums can get into it. Seal the bag of kitty litter; no accidental spills and no mess in the car for when you use it under tires on snow and ice. If you want to pick up these heavy bags by the top you can’t do it with the little gripstics, but the same company makes grip Handles. It is a gripstic built into a sturdy handle. Enjoy!

  • Ordered these at your recommendation and divvied them up as stocking stuffers. It was fun on Christmas morning having everyone guess what they were for and everyone loves using them. They seal so much better than a chip clip and are much easier to store. Thanks for the great find!

  • I’ve seen hacks for these. They’re called STRAWS. Haha!You slide a whole straw under the fold and use another that you cut down the length of the outer straw. You can cut them to different lengths. There are also milkshake straws that are bigger around.

  • We bought a box of assorted binder clips at an office supply store years ago. That’s what we use to seal bags–just keep the box of clips in a handy drawer in the kitchen.

  • These really look neat, however I just use heavy rubber bands, fold the corners in to the center and fold down several times and push as much air out as possible, really good for beans, flour, cornmeal, pastas, and many other items that I keep in the freezer.

  • I would use mine on just about everything! Chip bags, cookie bags, coffee, half-used dry taco sauce, dog food… everything! I have to get some!

  • These are so great! I just added them to my Amazon list. Thanks for sharing this product. I had started buying more ziploc bags to house already opened fries or vegetables in my freezer. This will save me money.

  • I use binder clips. I fold each side of the bag to the middle then fold the bag down one or two ones and clip it. The binder clips come in 3 sizes but I use the medium and large ones. I’ve been using these for about 15 years. They seal tight and we’ve had chips stay fresh for months.

  • We use clip clothespins to keep bags closed. I have very old clothespins that are strong and never come apart. We keep them hanging from our wire shelves in the pantry closet. The newer ones are not as strong, not made in USA. If the fold over flap is too long, trim it so the bag will keep closed better.

  • I love this gadget!! It keeps chips, crackers, etc fresh so much longer than an “clips” do as it keeps air out. I love your idea of setting them in a jar—I will find a decorative one & leave it on the counter. They are so thin they go to the bottom of a drawer.

  • We discovered the original Gripstics at a craft sale in Midland, Texas more than 8 years ago. The inventor was selling them, and after he demonstrated the Gripstics, my daughter-in-love and I both bought a set of about 10 Gripstics. They truly are the gold standard for sealing bags for travel, the freezer, the pantry and more. I have bought several sets for gifts, and everyone loves them!

  • A friend swears by these and gave me one. I used it, but it only works on some kinds of bags and not others. Really wanted to like it but it doesn’t work on the cereal bags we get, which is where I really would have used it. In the end I gave it back to her. To each her own.

  • Thanks for this information. I have ordered the smaller set. Thank you so much for listing the length of each stick. I searched Amazon for the lengths without success. Came back and reread your information and was thrilled you listed the lengths. Here is hoping I can get them to work. I have several things laying on my counter that I purchased to seal bags and cannot get them to work. I am hoping they seal as just closing the bag with a clip is not useful to me.

  • I have these and I LOVE THEM! They are the best for sealing bags and keeping thing fresh a little longer. I bought some for my daughters, who love them too.

  • For frozen items (chocolate chips, vegetables, nuts, etc.) I just squeeze all the air out of the bag, roll the bags down and put a rubber band around them. For bags that will work in my vacuum sealer (chips & such) I use it. I do use chip clips when I know we will be using something up within a couple of days.

  • You just saved me money & the environment. I had an issue with “pantry pests” a couple years ago, so I put EVERYTHING in ziplock bags. While it did get rid of them, it felt like such a waste. I am buying these sticks right now! Thank you!

  • I fold both top corners down as far as I can – think folding wrapping paper on the side of a box – then I roll the bags shut after pressing out the air, and add a clothespin. My chip bags are in a basket, so empty clothespins get stored in the same basket for next time. Freezer bags get sealed with the FoodSaver.

  • We generally use the chip clips at our place. One thing that seems to have disappeared are the little lids that you can put on pop cans with the tab on one end . It’s crazy I can only find these on Amazon. I do like the sealing sticks idea.

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    • I just looked after I commented and Walmart carries them. We might try the sealers, but also have a family member who hates going there.

  • Air is the enemy not the clothespin. Make sure you get all the air out of the bag first. Then roll down and seal and items don’t go stale as fast.

  • Or you can just squish the air out as you roll the bag up, and wrap an elastic band around the product – elastic bands, of course, being even easier to store than straw things. :)

  • Thank you very much for this! I worry constantly about products going stale, and I definitely contribute to clothespin destruction trying to seal bags.

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