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12 Surprising Uses for Peanut Butter

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12 Surprising Uses for Peanut Butter

Peanut butter shouldn’t solely be reserved for kindergarten! Indeed, peanut butter has so much more to offer than pb&j’s and cookies (though I love both as much as the next guy, don’t get me wrong!) Click through for some helpful hints on using peanut butter in unconventional ways.

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Cleaning

1. Getting Rid of That Fishy Smell. Can’t get rid of that funky fish smell? After you’ve fried fish, put a dollop of peanut butter in the pan — it’ll absorb that lingering odor right up!

2. Cleaning Vinyl & Leather. Work the peanut butter in a circular motion on your leather/vinyl furniture and wipe away with a buffing cloth. As you may have guessed, this method will make your leather/vinyl smell like peanut butter. Mix it with a little perfumed oil to mask the smell.

3. Fixing Scratched DVDs & CDs. Work a little peanut butter onto a scratched disk and wipe away with a dry cloth. Voila!

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Sticky Stuff

4. Removing Gum From Hair. Rub peanut butter on the gum, work through with your fingers and wipe remnants away with a cloth.

5. Removing Gum From Carpeting. Similar to removing gum from hair, but without the whiny human: remove as much of the gum as you can, then rub it with peanut butter.

6. Removing Stickers. Rub with peanut butter and wipe away!

7. Removing Glue From Your Hands. If you’re a little sloppy with the super glue (I sure am!) and can’t stand that feeling of sticky glue on your hands (I sure can’t!), simply rub peanut butter on your hands and wipe away with a towel. It works like a charm!

See Also: 6 Healthy Uses for Coconut Oil

Body & Health

8. Shaving. If you’re ever desperate to shave but ran out of any other appropriate gels or creams, reach for the peanut butter. The oils in peanut butter are really good for the skin!

9. Giving Medicine to Pets & Young Children. Fussy pets and picky kids don’t always like to take their medicine — but both sure do love peanut butter! Coat their meds in peanut butter and they’re gobble them right up. In case you’re wondering, dogs and cats are not allergic to the stuff, it’s actually quite good for them!

Food

9. Butter. Peanut butter is a great baking substitute for the regular stuff — as long as the nutty flavor compliments the dish.

10. Pricier Nut Butters. As tasty as almond & cashew butters are, they’re both quite spendy. Peanut butter is a perfectly acceptable substitute!

11. Crepe Topping. Seriously, does anything sound more delicious than a peanut butter, nutella & banana crepe?!  Click here for an amazing crepe recipe & more topping ideas!

12. Make peanut brittle!

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Katie Waldeck

Katie is a freelance writer focused on pets, food and women’s issues. A Chicago native and longtime resident of the Pacific Northwest, Katie now lives in Oakland, California.

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7:30AM PDT on Jul 1, 2015

Just fyi, the reason that peanut butter works to remove gum and sticky labels is the oil from the peanuts. You can use an oil to remove those things too.

Maybe my vice but peanut butter cookies would be my suggestion for its use. lol

6:42AM PDT on Jul 1, 2015

Interesting, thx.

6:25AM PDT on Jul 1, 2015

I love peanut butter but it's expensive here so the only thing I'll be doing with it is eating it.

5:49AM PDT on Jul 1, 2015

Very surprising uses indeed! Thank you for sharing!

5:19AM PDT on Jul 1, 2015

My cats will not touch peanut butter, they won't even eat those supposedly irresistible pill pockets....LOL. Nice to know about the gum and the glue. Thanks

12:48AM PDT on Jul 1, 2015

interesting

1:45PM PDT on Jun 30, 2015

Thank you

5:44AM PDT on Jun 30, 2015

Good information. Thank you

3:11AM PDT on Jun 30, 2015

ok

2:21AM PDT on Jun 30, 2015

Thank you

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