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.
Make that sled fly with cooking spray! Photo: Getty Images
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.
Remove paint and grease.
Greasy mess? Cut through it with cooking spray. Photo: Getty Images
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.
-- 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.
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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