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What Is a Misto Olive Oil Sprayer and How Do You Use It?

Updated on February 7, 2013
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Marye Audet-White is an internationally known food writer, food editor for Texas Living, cookbook author, and food blogger.


A Misto olive oil sprayer is a handy kitchen gadget that can help you to save money as well as eat healthier.

Are Commercial Cooking Sprays Healthy?

Over the years many home cooks have used nonstick cooking spray products like PAM or Baker's Joy to keep food from sticking in pans when cooking and baking. These products work very well but they can be expensive. In addition they work with the use of propellants.

While these propellants are deemed safe by the United States Food and Drug Administration, they contain 14% ethanol as well as other potentially harmful ingredients. In addition to the propellant they often use canola oil as the oil of choice. Some researchers and nutritionists have concerns about the safety of canola oil. You can read more about the other ingredients used in the patent held by Con Agra for cooking sprays.

It is important to take responsibility for the ingredients that you eat. Since not all ingredients are listed on the label of cooking sprays it make sense to use something that allows you to control what goes into your body.

Add the problem of all of the empty cans that get tossed into the landfills every day and you can see how these commercial products, although convenient, are not great for the environment or the human body.

Misto Olive Oil Sprayer

An olive oil sprayer is a handy kitchen gadget that allows you to have the convenience of the cooking sprays without the potential hazards and environmental concerns.

Benefits of the Misto:

  • It is easy to use.
  • It is refillable.
  • It is economical.
  • It looks great on your counter.


  • You need to clean it often.
  • It needs frequent pumping to get the spray out.
  • It is made of aluminum, which some researchers feel may contribute to Alzheimer's.

A Misto olive oil sprayer is one of the least expensive sprayers on the market, costing about $10.00 USD. The company also makes a stainless steel version which retails at about $20.00 but avoids the concern of the aluminum.

Using a Misto Sprayer

Prepara Oil Mister

If you want a little more beauty in your mister as well as some added functions check out the Prepara oil mister. It is about twice the price of the MISTO but it has some cool features that MISTO doesn’t have.

Benefits of the Prepara

  • Glass bottom is safe for your health and allows you to see how much oil you have.
  • You can add herbs, spices, peppers or garlic to your oil to make flavored oil.
  • It has a filter in the top to keep pieces of the herbs from clogging the mister.
  • The plastic used for the pump part is BPA free.


  • It is heavier than the MISTO
  • You need to clean it.
  • It takes a few pumps to get it going.

How to Use an Olive Oil Sprayer

So, what's so fabulous about an olive oil sprayer?

Well, for one you can put a thin layer of oil on a pan for nonstick cooking rather than adding extra calories by pouring. You can also use it to oil your baking pans before you make cakes, although you might want to put a less flavorful oil in it for that (and definitely don't use your garlic flavored olive oil for your favorite angel food cake!)

More ideas for using a mister:

  • If you bake bread you can use the sprayer to oil the top of the loaves as they are rising.
  • You can spritz oil on your salad and then dribble vinegar over it (try raspberry vinegar) for a low cal dressing.
  • You can even add the vinegar and oil together in the sprayer for a spray on salad dressing just like in the stores.
  • Brushing breads or meats with oil before grilling is simple and you use a lot less.

Just remember that because your sprayer does not have unhealthy propellants you will need to pump it several times in order to build up the pressure and get a good spray.

Cleaning Your Olive Oil Sprayer

Cleaning an olive oil sprayer, whether it is a MISTO or another type is simple. Most sprayers have instructions included.

  1. Fill halfway with hot tap water.
  2. Add a drop of dish soap and shake vigorously. Do not add too much or you will have soap flavored olive oil.
  3. Pump it about 20 times and allow it to spray for several seconds.
  4. Let the soapy water sit in the sprayer overnight to break down oils.
  5. Rinse with hot water several times to ensure all the soap is gone.

You May Want More than One

Believe it or not, you may want to consider buying more than one sprayer so that you can have one for spraying baking pans and one for using flavored oil in. Compared to many kitchen gadgets they are inexpensive and you will find new ways of using yours whether you choose the MISTO or the Prepara oil sprayers.


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    • Marcy Goodfleisch profile image

      Marcy Goodfleisch 4 years ago from Planet Earth

      Thanks for this article - I have one of the Mistos (probably aluminum - it was a gift) and I struggle with how to keep it clean. It certainly saves money and cuts down on the amount of oil you use, though, if you put a few sprays into your skillets rather than pouring from the bottle. And it's far better than the pre-canned cooking sprays (in fact, the manufacturer of my favorite skillets specifically recommends NOT using commercial sprays).

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      MargaritaEden 5 years ago from Oregon

      I love my Misto sprayer, can't imaging cooking without it! great hub!

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      mbolotte 6 years ago

      Great idea, bad design. Another piece of kitchen junk. I used it 5 times and the internal plastic pump stopped working. Tried cleaning it to no avail. I couldn't find a replacement part so I trashed more thing in the landfill.

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      Hello, hello, 6 years ago from London, UK

      Sounds like a great gadget. Thank you.

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      Brian Lokker 6 years ago from Bethesda, Maryland

      My wife bought a Misto a while ago but as a relatively clueless cook I've been ignoring it and reaching for the PAM instead. Now that I've read this hub I will definitely give the Misto a try. Thanks for your very thorough information!

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      Susan Haze 6 years ago from Sunny Florida

      It sounds like a real handy little gadget, something I need to look into. I'm all for healthier and economical.

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      zanin 6 years ago from London, England

      I did not know about the ingredients in the oil sprays. I don't normally buy, but definitely will not be purchasing them now. Will stick to my olive oil. Thanks for the heads-up.

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      HealthyHanna 6 years ago from Utah

      As a health nut, I agree. Anything we can do to save money and do what we can for our health. Especially thanks for the tips on cleaning them.

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      Peter Owen 6 years ago from West Hempstead, NY

      Like them but I hate having to clean them so often. I would rather use a disposable sprayer

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      Jimmie Lanley 6 years ago from Memphis, TN USA

      I have a Misto and really like it. What a thorough Hub about a handy kitchen tool!

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      Katelyn 6 years ago

      Marye, I was just wandering what I could do instead of buying another can of spray or keeping messy butter wrappers to grease the cookie sheets. This is great!

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      DeBorrah K Ogans 6 years ago

      Mary, Nice! This olive oil sprayer really is a nifty essential cooking tool. Thank you for sharing, Peace & Blessings!

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      lemer12 6 years ago

      A useful tool for anyone who like's to cook and master thire craft. I know some people who might be interested in this item !

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      Ancillotti 6 years ago from Brasil, Vitoria - ES

      Never heard of it, but it certainly should be very useful, especially because we use much olive oil in food. Maybe I'll end up buying one after this tip ...

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      rkhyclak 6 years ago from Ohio

      I have one and love it! It's perfect for misting the top of things that I bake instead of fry. It's kind of a pain to do, but I sometimes put melted butter in mine for a one time use if I want butter flavor, but don't want my food swimming in it! Up and useful :)