12 Genius Cooking Spray Hacks You’ll Wish You Knew Sooner
If you're only using cooking spray to prevent your baked goods from sticking to the pan, you're only tapping a fraction of its potential. Here's how to put this pantry staple to work all around the house.
Use Cooking Spray to Prevent Sticky Rice and Pasta
Most cooks know that a little cooking oil in the boiling water will keep rice or pasta from sticking together when you drain it. If you run out of cooking oil, however, a spritz of cooking oil spray will do the job just as well.
Prevent Sauce Stains
Sick of those hard-to-clean tomato sauce stains on your plastic containers? Apply a light coating of non-stick cooking spray on the inside of a container before you pour in a tomato-based sauce.
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Keep Car Wheels Clean
You know that fine black stuff that collects on the wheels of your car and is so hard to clean off? That’s brake dust—it’s produced every time you apply your brakes and the pads wear against the brake discs or cylinders. The next time you invest the elbow grease to get your wheels shiny, give them a light coating of cooking spray. The brake dust will wipe right off.
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Cure Door Squeak
Heard that door squeak just one time too many? Hit the hinge with some non-stick cooking spray. Just make sure that you have paper towels handy to wipe up the drips.
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Use Cooking Spray When Shoveling Snow
Shoveling snow is hard enough, but it can be more aggravating when the snow sticks to the shovel. Spray the shovel with non-stock cooking spray before shoveling—the snow glides right off! If you use a snow thrower, spray the discharge chute to prevent it from clogging.
Remove Paint and Grease
Forget smelly solvents to remove paint and grease from your hands. Instead, use cooking spray to do the job. Work it in well and rinse. Wash again with soap and water.
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Prevent Grass from Sticking
Mowing the lawn should be easy, but cleaning stuck grass from the mower is tedious. Prevent grass from sticking on mower blades and the underside of the housing by spraying them with cooking oil before you begin mowing.
Make Grating Cheese a Breeze
Put less elbow grease into grating cheese by using a non-stock cooking spray on your cheese grater for smoother grating. The spray also makes for easier and faster clean up.
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De-Bug Your Car
When those bugs smash into your car at 80 kilometres an hour, they really stick. Give your grille a spritz of non-stick cooking spray so you can just wipe away the insect debris.
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Lubricate Your Bicycle Chain
Is your bike chain a bit creaky and you don’t have any WD-40 handy? Give it a shot of non-stick cooking spray instead. Don’t use too much—the chain shouldn’t look wet. Wipe off the excess with a clean rag.
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Dry Your Nail Polish
Need your nail polish to dry in a hurry? Spray it with a coat of non-stick cooking spray and let dry.
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Use Cooking Spray When Fishing
Pack a can of cooking spray when you go fishing. Spray it on your fishing line and the line will cast easier and farther!
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