We all know that peanut butter is tasty on a sandwich, but did you know that there are lots of uses for this savory spread beyond making lunch? Check out some of these unusual uses for peanut butter!
Of course, peanut butter has cooking uses beyond sandwiches. You can use it as a base for a Thai peanut sauce or even to make your own dog biscuits, but it’s actually pretty handy outside of the kitchen, too!
If you’re allergic to peanuts, these methods will work with a non-allergenic replacement, like sunflower seed butter. It’s the natural oils that are doing the work, and in most cases sunflower butter has the goods to do the work, too!
From personal grooming to home repair, peanut butter comes in handy all around your home. And the best part? In a lot of cases, you can use peanut butter in place of quite a few chemical products! Here are a few of the interesting ways that you can use peanut butter to replace household and grooming products.
1. Removing Sticky Labels
Those orange oil products for removing sticky labels often contain other chemical solvents, but you can dissolve the glue from labeled glass bottles with peanut butter instead! Just spread on the peanut butter, let it sit for 10-15 minutes, and with just a little scrubbing it should rub right off with a cloth soaked in warm water.
2. Cleaning Leather
To keep leather in good condition, you need to moisturize it from time to time, and oily peanut butter works great! Unlike using straight up oil, the gooey peanut butter is less runny and messy. Just rub the peanut butter in, wipe off with a damp cloth, and follow up with a mild cleaner. Don’t skip the cleaner step, because if you don’t get the peanut butter residue off once the oil’s soaked in, you’ll attract pests.
3. Moisturize Your Hair
Massage peanut butter right into your scalp for a super simple DIY hair mask that tackles too-dry locks. Follow up with shampoo in the shower, and your hair will be shiny and beautiful!
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4. Banishing Gum
Did gum get stuck in your hair or in the carpeting? Peanut butter to the rescue! Rub peanut butter into the gum and let it sit for 15-20 minutes, and just like with the sticky labels the oil will soften things up, so the gum will come away easily.
5. Tackling an Ant Problem
Combine 2 teaspoons of peanut butter with 1/2 teaspoon baking soda and a teaspoon of borax to make DIY ant bait. Just make sure you don’t use the bait around pets. You don’t want your dog or cat eating borax!
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6. Shaving (in a pinch!)
Out of shaving cream? Spread peanut butter thinly on your face or legs, and shave away! Not only will the peanut butter protect your skin from razor burn, but the oil will leave it soft and smooth. Just wash it off with soap and water afterwards, especially if you’re using it on your face. You don’t want too much residual oil once your skin absorbs what it needs to replenish.
I wouldn’t use this on hinges or anything inside the house, since the peanut butter smell will attract ants but for outdoor uses, peanut butter makes a great lube if you’re out of the conventional stuff. Just rub it on any rusty hinges or gears to get things moving in a flash!
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8. Removing Glue from Your Hands
Did your latest craft project leave your hands covered in super glue or glue stick? Banish that sticky mess by rubbing on some peanut butter and following up with a good ol’ soap-and-water wash. The oils in the peanut butter break down the glue and moisturize your hands at the same time.
9. Medicating Your Pet
My dog Jenna spits out any pills we need to give her, but hide that sucker in a glob of peanut butter, and she thinks it’s party time! I know that I said you could use sunflower butter for all of these, but Jenna can’t stand the stuff! Not all dogs dislike sunflower butter, but if you’ve got a picky pup on your hands, this tip might not work out for you.
10. Repairing a Scratched CD or DVD
Does your favorite CD have a scratch on it? Gently rub some peanut butter on the scratched area, then wipe away with a cotton ball or soft cloth to fix the skip.
Do you have a favorite non-food use for peanut butter? Share your favorite uses in the comments!