Pinterest Tested: Homemade Cooking Spray

Welcome to Pinterest Tested! Ever wonder if that miracle cleaner is really miraculous? Or what about that homemade facial cleanser or delicious-looking recipe? This is the place to find out! Each Monday I am testing Pins that catch my eye to see if they really live up to the claims made on Pinterest. It’s like the Mythbusters of Domesticity!
Today I am testing THIS PIN from Nature’s Nurture:
THE TEST: Can I stop buying overpriced cooking spray and make it at home?
To make my own cooking spray, I bought a little spray bottle from the dollar store and filled it with half water, half vegetable oil.
Then I gave it a good test…I made scrambled eggs. This is what they looked like:
The same as any other time I have made eggs.
The second test was with a batch of cookies. I sprayed half the pan with store-bought cooking spray and the other half with my homemade cooking spray. When I took the cookies off, this is what the pan looked like:
Pretty much the same on both sides.
THE RESULTS: It seemed to work just as well as store-bought cooking spray. Making my own will be significantly cheaper than buying the stuff from the store. Plus it’s just oil and water—no added chemicals or fillers. I think this Pin-test is a winner!

Update: This does not work as well for food that is really prone to stick. My homemade bread will  not come out of the pan with just this spray. But it does work for most everything else, so I’m still calling it a win.


  1. What a good idea! I am interested to see how the squirt bottle holds up. It seems like when I've tried thicker things in regular squirt bottles, they eventually clog.

  2. I love it when you go on a myth-busting mission and take on pinterest! And what a good trick. Thank you for doing the work for me!
    I bought a $10 oil spritzer that you have to pump up before you spray, but I have not been impressed. I can certainly invest a buck, though.

  3. I found your blog through a shared facebook post that a friend posted. I am enjoying reading your blog very much – I love your tip about using the spout from a salt container to put on a mason jar. I will definitely try both of the tips! Thanks for sharing.

  4. Just an FYI I saw on another blog that tested this, there was concerns about it going bad and that author suggested only making up one small batch at a time. Never tried it myself but it probably couldn't hurt.

  5. There are also sprayers that you can buy that let you use pure oil. We bought the Misto brand for $10 and love it! You pump it a few times and it does a continuous mist like the store bought cooking spray.

  6. You might want to consider getting a glass bottle for the oil. Some cheaper plastics will actually leach into the oil (like dissolves like).


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