Best Uses for Peanut Butter

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Unusual Ways to Use Peanut Butter Around the House

Margaret Boyles

Peanut butter sure is delicious, but did you know that it's useful, too? From shaving cream and leather polish to mousetrap bait, here are some of the best uses for peanut butter.

Warning: If you or a family member suffers from a peanut allergy, please do not try these solutions.

According to the National Peanut Board, Dr. George Washington Carver developed more than 300 products from the humble peanut. They include face powder, shampoo, paper, shaving cream, hand lotion, insecticides, glue, charcoal, rubber, nitroglycerin, plastics, and axle grease.

Household Uses for Peanut Butter

Today’s peanut butter, a staple in most pantries, can serve an astonishing variety of household purposes. Try these:

  • Use a bit of peanut butter on a cotton cloth to rub off label adhesives.
  • Massage a bit of peanut butter into hair to remove a wad of chewing gum.
  • Use a thin coat as a substitute for shaving cream. (Really! Hydrates and moisturizes.)
  • Polish leather and vinyl items using a bit of peanut butter on a cotton cloth. Buffs up wooden items, too.
  • Hang pinecones stuffed with a mixture of peanut butter and coarse cornmeal as a treat for winter birds.
  • Smear it on garden tools (including wooden handles) as a winter preservative.
  • Apply it to lawn mower blades as a lubricant.
  • Annoyed by a squeaky door hinge? Rub a bit of peanut butter on the joint to lubricate it and stop the squeak.
  • Spread some on a slice of apple or a scrap of bread for a good mousetrap bait.
  • Encourage your dog to swallow a pill by sticking it into the center of a little gob of peanut butter.

Note: Smooth peanut butter works best for these uses.

Tasty, nutritious, and packed with antioxidants, peanuts-only peanut butter can also serve as a healthy butter alternative. If you like the taste, simply substitute smooth peanut butter for the butter in recipes for baked goods calling for butter.

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Andie (not verified)

7 months 1 week ago

My grandfather rebuilt and refurnished antique furniture, for many years. My husband decided to iron his shirt on our dining room table, antique of course. My grandfather advised: smear a thick layer of peanut butter and let set over night, in the morning wipe table clean. After doing so, the white faded out look from the heat of the iron was gone, and the table looked good as new

tom chase (not verified)

7 months 2 weeks ago

Been using WD 40 many years without knowing the benefits of Peanut Butter other than on toast or a Fluff Nutter Sandwich.. In a pinch, grab peanut butter. I believe it's less expensive than WD and tastes better when applying. May seem strange but I like Peanut Butter with Bologna. I believe Elvis liked a sandwich made of Bananas and Peanut Butter.

Jazmin (not verified)

2 years 11 months ago

You have to be careful with giving animals peanut butter with their medicine. Some companies have added the dangerous sweetener to it. Xylitol

HeartlandHoney (not verified)

3 years 10 months ago

Some of those tips sound like they will entice rodents to go into areas you might not want them.
I'd never use peanut butter, for anything other than food, anywhere inside the house. Your hint about rubbing peanut butter on tools sounds like the mice and rats would be moving into the tool shed!

Bonnie (not verified)

3 years 11 months ago

Really don't want to cut that long hair that has chewing gum stuck in it. It takes a bit of massaging the gum to get it out, but the peanut butter breaks it right down saving the little ones tears for other mishaps from future feats of exploration.