The Organized Life, Prettier Plates & Homemade Olive Oil Spray

With holidays just around the corner we’re all scrambling around getting things in order.  Here are a couple of tricks that might come in handy~

Do you have plates that look like this?  All scratched up?


Forgive me if I sound like an infomercial


You can make them look like new again with Bar Keeper’s Friend.  I got mine at the grocery store.  Look for it with the cleaning supplies.  It’s a thick white liquid that works magic


And some elbow grease…rub, rub, rub


Ahhh, much better!!

plate Collage

Bar Keeper’s Friend works on shining up stainless steel sinks too~

Here’s another thing you might want to try,

Make your own cooking oil spray with distilled water and olive oil

olive oil spray

I use olive oil spray for everything and at $3+ a can, and mystery additives, I decided to try making it myself


The important part is to use boiled, distilled water to sterilize your spray bottle and to make the spray itself.  Bring a quart of water to a rolling boil on the stove or in the microwave and pour it in your bottle.  Make sure your bottle is a sturdy enough  to sustain the heat from the boiled water.  Attach the sprayer and spray the boiled water through it to sterilize that too.


After you’ve sterilized your bottle, boil 1/2 cup, 4 oz.,  distilled water { you can use filtered water } and pour it in your bottle


Add 1 oz olive oil.  Shake to combine

olive oil spray

That’s it!

cooking oil spray

It’s a good idea to add the date, as it only keeps for about a week

olive oil spray

Store in a cool dark cabinet or your refrigerator.   Even though the bottle and water has been sterilized, there’s a risk of bacteria developing after a week.   Just make it part of your weekly ritual and toss out leftover spray and make a new batch.  It only takes minutes and you will save $$ and have healthier dishes!

I bought my bottle at the hardware store for $1.99.  Look for one that has a misting spray

Olive Oil Cooking Spray

Prep Time 5 minutes
Servings 5 oz.


  • 1 quart distilled or filtered water
  • 1/2 cup distilled or filtered water
  • 1 oz olive oil
  • 1 spray bottle


  • Bring 1 quart water to a rolling boil and pour it into your bottle and sprayer. Let sit a minute or so to sterilize the bottle. Next bring 1/2 cup water to a boil and pour into clean bottle. Add olive oil.
  • Store bottle in cool, dark place or refrigerator for 1 week. Shake before using

I have used this to spray the inside of my slow cooker and casserole dishes, as well as misting vegetables before roasting and it works like a charm!

I hope these tricks will be helpful in your kitchen!


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14 Responses to “The Organized Life, Prettier Plates & Homemade Olive Oil Spray”
  1. Jodi says:

    great tips – thanks Jenna!

  2. Emily says:

    Jenna, you can be an infomercial anytime with hints like these! I certainly do need the dish polish and who doesn’t want to save $$$$$. Great tips.
    Happy weekend………..

  3. Super tips, love bar Keepers. Have a great day.


  4. Donna says:

    Thanks for the tip about the olive oil spray… Bar Keepers Friend is made right here in Indianapolis!

  5. Thanks so much, Jenna!!

  6. Lynn says:

    Let me know when you find the cleaner that works without the elbow grease:@)

  7. Great tips… especially the plates! I have some to shine up myself! Thanks for sharing these! 🙂 Have a great weekend! ~Rhonda

  8. Denise says:

    Great tips, thank you!

  9. Mary says:

    Your spray is so much more economical than the grocery store version Jenna! Thanks for the Bar Keeper’s Friend tip too 🙂

  10. JESS44903 says:

    What a neat trick! 🙂

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

  11. Kitty says:

    I love Bar Keepers Friend, Jenna, but I’ve only bought the powdered kind. It is a great product.
    Love your olive oil spray, too!

  12. Great tips. Both ideas are great.

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