The next best thing to WD40 is baking spray. I have used it on hinges, squeaky cabinets, and so many other things. I got my key stuck in the lock at work and I sprayed butter baking spray in the lock and it came out just as slick as a slimy snake. So if you are in need of WD40 and don't have it, try your baking spray. You'd be surprised at what it can handle.
I was in the kitchen and saw a wasp flying around. I didn't want to spray bug killer in the house so I took a can of generic cooking spray, and sprayed the bug when it landed on the window. It fell to the floor and I could step on it and get rid of it. The oil coats the wings and they can not longer fly.
Lightly spray your beaters with cooking spray. This helps to prevent batter from sticking on the beaters plus easier clean up. Also, when mashing potatoes, spray the masher with cooking spray.
You can lightly spray most utensils for baking/cooking to prevent sticking and for easier clean-up. To prevent over spraying, hold beaters/utensils over bowl or baking pan that is to be used, then lightly spray.
When mixing meat loaf, patting marshmallow candy into a pan, or kneading pizza dough, I first spray my hands with non-stick cooking spray. It keeps the food from sticking and washes off easily with soap and water.
If you're going on a car trip and know you're going to be driving through an area with a lot of bugs (like the south), spray some Pam cooking spray on your windshield and radiator grill to keep the bugs from sticking. You will have a much easier time washing them off!
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Cooking Spray as Alternative to WD40
Creaky doors bug the life out of me. I absolutely hate to hear them. If I have run out of WD40, I get my pan spray and spray a bit in the hinges and the problem is gone. Other fabulous uses are on squeaky wheelchairs, refrigerators, freezers, and other squeaky mobility devices. It doesn't hurt the finish of paint or other surfaces and if you get it on the floor it is an easy cleanup. It just works wonders and Voila! the creaks are gone.
Yes, I was once visiting my daughter and got tired of hearing the creaky do. So I pulled out the cooking spray and the noise was gone. My daughter asked "how did you get the door to stop that noise?" I told her there was usually always a way to solve a problem without having to go out and buy a product. Thinking out of the box can save money. Growing up poor has helped me in so many ways. (07/21/2010)