The First Thing You Should Do with a New Can of Cooking Spray

updated May 13, 2020
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There are a lot of unique uses for cooking spray around the home, outside of keeping your brownies from sticking to the pan. For example, did you know that cooking spray can keep door hinges from squeaking? Or that that spraying a bit of cooking oil into a pot of water is a great way to keep it from boiling over?

See? Cooking spray is oddly versatile! And there’s one more use that you should be taking advantage of on a semi-regular basis — or at least as often as you buy a new can.

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Whether you opt for coconut, olive oil, canola oil, or straight-up PAM, there’s one thing you should remember to do every time you bring home a new can of cooking spray: Shine up the metal fixtures around your home. 

All you have to do is spray a bit onto a microfiber cloth or directly onto your fixtures — and get to polishing. Spray your kitchen sink’s faucet, your metal drawer pulls, and, heck, even your stainless steel appliances if you’re feeling ambitious. Go into your bathroom and spray the shower fixtures. Then, wipe away the oil. 

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Here’s why this works so well. Sure, you can definitely use regular ol’ cooking oil in a bottle, but a spritz or two from the spray can will measure out the perfect amount you need without making any sort of mess.

Plus, doing this chore each time you pop open a new can automates your cleaning routine. (Something we’re big fans of here at Kitchn!) What does a new can of cooking spray have to do with brightening up your fixtures? Not much, other than the timing. The idea is, by the time you buy a new can — maybe once a month or so, depending on how often you use it — your metal fixtures will probably need a bit of love. 

Got any other smart uses for cooking spray? Leave them in the comments below!