Anyone that knows their way around a kitchen knows that cooking sprays like Pam are wonderful products. Spraying a little inside the skillet will help keep anything from sticking and using a little of it on a griddle will make pancakes and French toast much easier to turn and remove from the surface of the griddle. Also, it seems that the cooking sprays will help to make cleanup of skillets and bake ware much easier. Well, take note, cooking spray has many uses both inside and outside of the kitchen and the home.
A little pump of that small aerosol can to a squeaky door hinge or to a sticky lock will solve the problem in no time. I used some the other day to spray on the storm door latch as there was ice building up near it and it was sticking. Within just a few minutes the latch was working fine. I have also sprayed it on a bathroom door hinge to aid with a squeaky hinge and it seemed to work for a long time.
Not many people would consider that cooking spray could be used for beauty care, but it certainly can be. A small spray of cooking spray over a freshly done manicure is just the trick to seal the nail polish and dry it almost instantly. Cooking spray can also be used as a moisturizer. I would not recommend that you use it as a full body moisturizer, but it will be nice on the edges of your nails where so many people seem to get hangnails due to dry skin.
Cooking spray can be used for cleaning as well in the kitchen as well as other parts of the home. A great way to keep tomato stains off of your plastic kitchen bowls. Also, adding just a spray of the oil into a pot of pasta will help keep the pasta from sticking together as it cooks. You can use cooking spray to dissolve soap scum and lime buildup from sink faucets, tubs, and even shower walls by spraying them with it and then waiting a few minutes before wiping clean with warm, soapy water.
Some more simple uses in the kitchen are also fairly simple in thought but both of these ideas that I had never considered before now. One is to coat a cheese grater with the spray before grating the cheese and cleanup will be much easier. Coating a measuring cup with cooking spray before using it for honey, peanut butter or any other sticky, thick ingredient in a recipe will make the ingredient come out of the cup much smoother and will also make for a much faster cleanup.
Moving that can of cooking spray from the house into the garage will come in handy as well. There are many uses for the oily substance outside. In the winter time, you can coat both sides of the snow shovel and make shoveling snow much easier. This coating will allow the snow not to freeze and pack onto the shovel.
Another winter use is to coat the bottom of a plastic sled before your children go out to play. This will give them a boost of speed as they travel down the hill wherever they happen to be sledding. This could be a safety issue, but remind children that they should always have on head protection when sledding anyway and to keep feet and arms inside the edges of the sled and to only go down the hill feet first. The spray will make the trip more fun only if done in a safe manner.
In the summer time, cooking spray is a great way to keep grass from sticking to the mower blades. Once you spray the blades under the mower, the grass will not stick to it as it does other times when you mow. This basically is the same concept as spraying the snow shovel.
Car enthusiasts will enjoy knowing that cooking spray will aid in keeping brake dust and other dirt off of car rims. Many car collectors have done this for years to aid in the preservation of the rims. The spray can also be used on the grill and bumper of the car also to help remove the bugs that are always caked on there when you attempt to clean it. Also, after giving those areas a good cleaning, spray a little Pam on them again and the bugs will not stick as much as before.
As with house door locks and hinges, you can use the cooking spray to aid in car locks as well. If you are having trouble with your doors freezing in the winter time, just spray a little on the rubber around the door and you won’t have trouble with these freezing shut again. By lubricating the key and inserting it into the door lock, you will loosen the sticky lock and keep it from freezing in the winter time. I am sure that it needs to be done once a week on the locks, but it does keep them from freezing.
I am sure that there are many more ways that cooking spray can be used and as with duct tape, use your imagination and see what you can find to fix with it. Duct tape may be the top household repair item and a very useful product, but I would say that cooking sprays are a close second.