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Grating cheese

Grating cheese
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Put less elbow grease into grating cheese by using a non-stick cooking spray on your cheese grater for smoother grating. The spray also makes for easier and faster clean-up.

Prevent tomato sauce stains

Prevent tomato sauce stains
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Sick of those hard-to-clean tomato sauce stains on your plastic containers? To prevent them, apply a light coating of non-stick cooking spray on the inside of the container before you pour in the tomato sauce.

Keep car wheels clean

Keep car wheels clean
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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 disks 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.

Lubricate your bicycle chain

Lubricate your bicycle chain
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Bike chain a bit creaky and you don’t have any lubricating oil 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.

Here’s another DIY tip: clever ways to resuse dryer lint around the house.

Cure door squeaks

Cure door squeaks
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Heard that door squeak just one time too many? Hit the hinge with some non-stick cooking spray. Have paper towels handy to wipe up the drips.

Remove paint and grease

Remove paint and grease
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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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Dry nail polish

Dry nail polish
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Need your nail polish to dry in a hurry? Spray it with a coat of cooking spray and let dry. The spray is also a great moisturiser for your hands.

Now check out these clever ways to put nail polish to use around the house.

Quick casting

Quick casting
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Pack a can of cooking spray when you go fishing. Spray it on your fishing line and the line will cast easier and further.

Think you have a memorable fishing tale? Bet it won’t beat the fishing trip when a Marlin catches these fishermen.

Prevent grass sticking

Prevent grass sticking
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Mowing the lawn should be easy, but cleaning cut 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.

Lubricate your locks

Lubricate your locks
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Tired of jiggling your keys in your locks? If you deal with a tough lock interior or sticky keys, try using a few sprays of cooking oil. The oil will help slide your key in and get you through the door much easier.

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