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Cooking Spray - Unusual Uses

Filed Under: Essential Skills, Know-How

Want to harness the power of cooking spray? Think outside the kitchen! There are many clever, budget-friendly ways to use cooking spray all around the house.

Since it hit the market in 1959, cooking spray has evolved into a kitchen cupboard staple. But if you're only spritzing this stuff to cut calories or prevent food from sticking to pans, you're missing out on a valuable household tool. Yep, the same stuff you use to make breakfast in the morning can help you shovel snow in the afternoon and unstick a door lock that night. Read on for the many ways cooking spray can make your life a little easier.

OUTSIDE THE HOUSE

Shovel snow with ease.
Shoveling snow can be a hard and tedious work. Make the job a little easier by coating your snow shovel with cooking spray. After spraying both sides of the shovel liberally, the ice and snow will slide right off the oily surface. If you use a snow thrower, spray the inside of the discharge chute to prevent it from clogging and make the snow fly out effortlessly.

Prevent grass from sticking.
Mowing the lawn easy compared to the dreary task of removing stuck grass from a lawnmower's blades. To keep grass clippings from sticking, spray the mower's blades and undercarriage with cooking spray before you begin cutting the grass.

Unstick a door lock.
If you have trouble with a sticky lock, spray the key with cooking spray and slide the key in and out of the lock a few times.

Prevent door locks from freezing.
Don't be left out in the cold. Spray exterior door locks liberally to prevent them from freezing when temperatures plummet. For a mailbox door, spray the inside rim and the lock to prevent frost from forming.

Lubricate your bicycle chain.
A few sprays of nonstick cooking spray will fix a creaky or sticky bike chain. Make sure to spray lightly and wipe off the excess. Also, you can lubricate roller skate and wheels with cooking spray to make them turn better.

Cast your fishing line easier and farther.
Don't forget the cooking spray when you go fishing! Spray your fishing line and it will cast effortlessly and get more distance.

cooking spray, sleddingMake that sled fly with cooking spray! Photo: Getty Images

Sled faster. Want to go downhill faster? You're just a few sprays away from the Winter X Games. Coat the bottom of your sled or inner tube to hit the slopes with great speed.

Take off a wetsuit. Surfs up, dude! After conquering big waves, surfers can take of wetsuits easier by spraying their wrists and ankles with cooking spray first.


INSIDE THE HOUSE

Quiet squeaky doors.
Door squeaks driving you crazy? Like WD-40, you can use cooking spray to silence those squeaks. Spritz the hinge with nonstick cooking spray. Use a paper towel to wipe up the excess drips.

grease on handsGreasy mess? Cut through it with cooking spray. Photo: Getty Images

Remove paint and grease.
There's no need to use harsh chemicals to remove paint and grease from your hands. Cooking spray cleans oil-based primers and paint right off. Spray hands liberally, work in well and rinse. Wash hands again with soap and water.

Dry nail polish.
Set your manicure fast by lightly misting painted nails with cooking spray. The cooking spray also provides for a nice moisturizer.

Fight soap scum.
Coat shower door with a thin layer of nonstick cooking spray. Wait a few minutes and wash off with soap and water. This oil in the cooking spray dissolves the soap scum buildup and lime deposits.


INSIDE AND OUTSIDE THE CAR
Clean car wheels.
Brake dust -- the black debris that accumulates on the wheels of your car -- is produced every time you hit the brakes and the pads wear against the brake disks. And as most car owners know, brake dust is a pain to clean off. Next time you've scrubbed your wheels clean, spritz cooking spray on them. The next time when break dust collects on them, you'll be able to wipe it right off.

Remove bugs from your car.
Dead, smashed bugs on your car's grille or bumper are a common (and disgusting) sight. Luckily, you can spritz your car with nonstick cooking spray and just wipe away those insects. Plus, the cooking spray gives your car's surface a nice shine.

Keep car doors from freezing shut.
The rubber gaskets that run along the inside of car doors are what cause doors to freeze shut. Before temperatures drop, spray the rubber gaskets to prevent freezing.


Photo: Noii, Flickr

IN THE KITCHEN

Grate cheese easier.
Coat your cheese grater with nonstick cooking spray for smoother grating. This will also make cleanup a breeze, as you don't have to spend time removing stubborn chunks of cheese from the grater's crevices.

Create nonstick measuring tools.
When you use measuring cups to measure sticky foods like honey, you usually have to use a spoon (or your fingers) to get it all out. Coat measuring cups and utensils with cooking spray so the ingredients will slide right off. Also, spray your rolling pin or cookie cutters to prevent dough from sticking.

Fight food stains.
Sauces and stews can leave permanent stains in your Tupperware containers. Prevent this by coating the bottom of plastic storage containers with cooking spray before you pour in food, such as tomato or pasta sauce.

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  • VINCE

    Sounds like WD-40 but a safer, more eco-friendly version. I like it.
    There are Free samples at SAVE CREATIVELY. CO m
    I think the more ways we can learn how to use a product the better.

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  • steve

    WD-40 is green....it is fish oil! People with Arthritis spray it on joints!


  • Andi

    Not even. It's petroleum based.


  • Woopsie

    Last week I put Pam on the tires of my SUV and now I get the same milage as my Geo Prizim. WoW!...


  • Rooftop Voter

    Woopsie, I sprayed Pam on the hood of my car, threw some bacon on it and it was cooked to perfection by the time I got to work. Boy, this stuff is great and the hood just wipes off sooooooooo easy!


  • Bryan W. Carpenter

    WD-40 has dimethalsulfoxide (DMSO) in to make the oil penetrate. DMSO is a horse liniment and has not been approved for humans. The bad part is that it is used for taking medication through the skin. Trouble is that it take everything ON the skin INTO the skin. With WD-40 it take the oil into the body along with any sweat, dirt, germ, or other crap. WD-40 is not necessarily sterile. If you must use DMSO you can get it at the feed store (like I got mine). DMSO overused can destroy your liver. I use it when other stuff fails.


  • Tommy Toombs

    I have found that if you spray your sattelite dish with cooking spray, snow won't build up and cause signal interferance

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  • rfm5555

    50%: Stoddard solvent (i.e., mineral spirits – primarily hexane, somewhat similar to kerosene)
    25%: Liquefied petroleum gas (presumably as a propellant; carbon dioxide is now used instead to reduce WD-40's considerable flammability)
    15+%: Mineral oil (light lubricating oil)
    10-%: Inert ingredients
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WD-40
    @6:53PM - steve said...
    ""WD-40 is green....it is fish oil! People with Arthritis spray it on joints!""
    ...WOW... there IS NO Fish Oil in WD-40. PLEASE CHECK with Doctor before using it for Arthritis!!


  • John

    Also works great on Holley carburetor fuel bowl and metering block gaskets - spray the new gaskets on both sides before installing them, and the next time you take it apart, the gaskets won't stick to the parts and you can re-use them.

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  • Wolf

    I have a couple to rebuild soon and this sounds much easier then what I have been doing for years. Thanks Wolf


  • PAUL

    DON'T BUY THE BLACK HOLLY GASKETS, THEY DO STICK.. IF YOU USE THE CORK ONES YOU WILL BE OK WITH THE PAM SPRAY..AND IF YOU HAVE OLDER HOLLIES DON'T FORGET TO PUT THE CHECK-BALL IN THE POWER VALVE SENSING HOLE, IT WILL SAVE YOU A LOT OF TROUBLE LATER ON...


  • Suebee

    One more use - I spray it on the bottom of my bird's cage so the droppings just slide off into the tray below. Keeps the cage cleaner because bird droppings turn to practically cement within hours!

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  • Andi

    Hopefully you aren't spraying it around the birds. The fumes can kill them.


  • Jake

    Another use for PAM is that when sprayed on satetellite dishes, it keeps snow or other frozen percipitation from sticking to it interrupting the signal and reception.

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  • Wolf

    Do you use a light or heavy coating?


  • Jake

    Actually, just spray it on and then use a paper twoel to make sure the entire surface is covered.


  • DWright

    I spray the bottom of my horses' hooves with it to keep snow from sticking and "balling up" on them. This also makes it safer for the horses when going from outside to an inside cement floor - which used to be like an ice rink for them in our barn!

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  • Tracy

    Yes, but this only works for a little bit. I tried it on my horses hooves when out in the snow and ice, moving cows, and after about 5 minutes it was gone. But I ride for about 12 to 14 hours a day so there is no way it would last that long. We just hope our horses can stand up in the ice and snow and hope for the best. We have 3500 mother cows and we keep all of the calves for the first year. We sell them as yearlings. But, the pam spray will work for a few minutes, but if you go out to do any "work" it wont last.


  • Lips

    When I was a kid in W Va. I used my moms butter for my horses hooves. Worked great till mom figured out what I wsa doing. I didn't try Pam until years later and in Texas it did work. Maybe cause we don't get much snow on a regular basis. But I used it and never had trouble. In W Va after Mom found out what I ws doing my blacksmith used special shoes. They had a cork on the toe of the shoe and it worked pretty good also. Unless you have a horse that clips the fetlock or heal of it's front feet.


  • dapperone

    Works well when you run out of KY Jelly. Tastes better too

    Reply
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