15 Surprising Uses for Butter


Yep, we know, butter is fattening. It’s something that should be consumed sparingly. But, it’s such a staple in the pantry that it’s hard not to have around. So, instead of using it in food, how about using it around the house instead?! Check out some of the fantastic ways to use butter.

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Stop Doors From Squeaking Generously grease the hinges with butter and voila — squeak no more!

Cut Down on Snow Shoveling Ah, one of the least fun winter activities. Cut your shoveling time down by greasing the shovel with butter, it’ll help prevent snow from sticking.

Get Rid of Ink Stains on Plastic Rub butter on the stain and let it sit out in the sun. After a few days of soaking up the rays, wipe clean with soap and water.

Get Rid of Pesky Watermarks on Wood Have a family member who’s allergic to coasters? Rub butter into the affected area and let it sit overnight. Wipe it with a towel in the morning.

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Make Cheese Last Longer Coat the cut edge of a hard cheese with butter. It will prevent the molding process that comes all too quickly otherwise.

Make Onions Last Longer Only using half of an onion and don’t want to waste it? Nix the plastic baggy — spread some butter on it and wrap it in aluminum foil.

Stop Water From Boiling Over Drop a tablespoon of butter into a pot that’s boiling over.

Cut Sticky Foods Pies and brownies stick to the knife all too often. Remedy this by coating the knife in butter before you dish out dessert.


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Health & Body

Swallow Pills Can’t handle the horse pills? Lightly coat the pill in butter and wash it down with a big gulp of water. It takes the edge off that terrible feeling of the pill going down your throat.

Get Sticky Stuff Off Your Skin Can’t stand the feeling of sap or glue on your hands? Rub butter on the sticky part before you wash your hands. Rub hands with a towel, and then use water.

Remove Gum From Hair Rub butter into the affected area and let it absorb. Gently wipe away with a cloth.

Prevent Bruising If you’ve ever thought, “that’s gonna leave a mark,” this one’s for you. The phosphates in butter help prevent bruising, much like a raw steak does.

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Beauty & Fashion

Detangle Jewelry Lessen the frustration of detangling necklaces and bracelets by rubbing butter on the entwined areas. Use a small pointy object to detangle.

Strengthen Your Nails Do you have weak, brittle & dry nails? Before bedtime, Rub butter on the nail beds and put on some cotton gloves. In the morning, you should see improvements in your nail strength.

Get A Tight Ring Off No need to rush to the jeweler if your ring won’t budge — apply butter to the area and it’ll (hopefully) slip right off.

Soothe Dry Skin If you’re in a pinch, butter is a great substitute for creams and lotions. You can even use it as a shaving cream.

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Leanne B.
Leanne B.8 months ago

Nice buttery tips thank you.

Nils Anders Lunde
Nils Anders Lundeabout a year ago


Bill and Katie D.
Katie D.2 years ago

All are such good hints! Thank You

Elizabeth M.
Elizabeth M.2 years ago

Thanks for these great tips using of butter, especially on the snow shovel ~ I guess vegetable oil would work just as well.

Malgorzata Zmuda
Malgorzata Zmuda2 years ago

Super pomysły, wypróbuję ten z paznokciami. O siebie dodam, że masło świetnie czyści plamy ze smoły.

Great White Earth Beings
'Great White' 2 years ago

Jeremiah Z.,

Plastic leaches into foods; especially, such fragile and thin plastic. Let me answer the question that comes to all of us, I have no idea, why the corporations make the product to be in contact with food and The FDA allows it.

Great White Earth Beings
'Great White' 2 years ago


Susan Cole
Susan C.2 years ago

butter is probably the most expensive option you could choose for these tasks, but generally helpful (I'm going to try vegetable oil on my shovel)...

Linda W.
Linda W.2 years ago


Jeremiah Z.
Jeremiah Z.2 years ago

Why is aluminum foil preferable to plastic for onions?