5 Unique Ways to Use Peanut Butter Around the House That You Never Knew
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Between the ages of 3 and 11, I lived almost exclusively on peanut butter, bread and jelly. Every day for lunch, Mom packed me the glorified PB&J, and every day for dinner, she cooked something that the miniature version of me found repulsive, like spaghetti or steak, so I ate — you guessed it — another peanut butter and jelly sandwich.
Even today, with my taste buds at full maturity, I easily go through two jars of peanut butter a week — usually by way of eating, but not always. When I’m not cramming spoonfuls in my mouth, I have discovered a surprising number of ways to use peanut butter around the house that don’t involve eating it.
In a pinch, you can use peanut butter in place of household items that you may have run out of, like shaving cream. In other cases, peanut butter is the best choice for the job, like getting rid of fishy smells.
Looking for new ways to get nutty with your peanut butter? Try out a few of these unique peanut butter hacks.
Keep in mind, you want to stick with creamy peanut butter for these hacks, so skip the chunky.
Using Peanut Butter to Remove Messes
Perhaps the most widely known use for peanut butter is removing gum from hair. What is it that makes peanut butter so good for such an unfortunate task? According to the American Academy of Dermatology, it’s all in the oil, which is why vegetable oil is also a go-to in such a sticky situation.
But removing gum from hair is only the start. The same logic also applies to carpeting: Just apply a teaspoon of peanut butter to the affected area of carpet, and the gum should come unstuck easily. From experience, I’ll add that you will need to use a wet rag and some dish soap to clear away the peanut butter afterward.
Using Peanut Butter to Renew Pretty Much Everything
I don’t care much for cleaning, but when the inspiration strikes, I might go through an entire bottle of Lysol throughout the house. But Lysol isn’t the only great cleaner. You can use peanut butter for a wide variety of cleaning tasks as well.
Here are just a few of the things peanut butter can renew:
- Your leather and vinyl surfaces for a fresh shine: Use a small amount and spread it in a circular motion. Then, just buff it away.
- Your car: Got tar stuck to the exterior of your car? Instead of a chemical goo remover, just try some PB in its place.
- Your favorite Shania Twain CD or your Spyro disc for PS1: If you have old discs — CDs, DVDs or video games — that you’d love to experience again to fuel your pre-digital nostalgia, but they’re more scuffed than your cat’s scratching post, use some peanut butter to buff out the scratches. Voila! Good as new!
- Your antique wood furniture: Wood furniture can make for the perfect statement piece in your living room, but with toddlers and pets around the house, it is possible it could get scratched. Reader’s Digest recommends peanut butter as one possible remedy.
- Your fishy cookware: In an effort to combat my ever-growing beer gut, I’ve cut out pizza for dinner and swapped in some fish. The only problem? It stinks. I’ve learned, however, that you can simply fry a dollop of peanut butter in your pan after finishing the fish. One or two minutes is all it takes. Added bonus: Your whole house will smell like peanut butter afterward.
- Yourself: Have you ever needed to wash your hair only to find out you’re out of shampoo? The answer was in your pantry the whole time. In small doses, peanut butter can moisturize your hair. And while you’re in the shower, you may as well spread some peanut butter on your legs or face and get to shaving because it’s also known to be a unique but successful shaving cream — and one that leads to smoother skin.
Using Peanut Butter as Bait
Late last year, I had a new roommate move in with me. The only problem? He was a mouse, and he wasn’t invited. I tried multiple humane traps with cheese, but the dastardly devil was somehow able to sneak off with the cheese without getting trapped.
Finally, I tried peanut butter and nabbed him on the first try.
And while it’s technically not baiting, peanut butter is an incredible way to trick a grumpy dog or cat into taking their medicine. I have even used peanut butter to create a mentally stimulating slow-feeding bowl for my dog.
Using Peanut Butter for Baking
I know: I technically said I would share uses for peanut butter outside of eating. But you can bake with peanut butter in unusual ways, especially in place of butter. And while I do love a pancake or waffle smothered in peanut butter in place of regular butter, I actually mean replacing butter in baking recipes and not just as a topper for your toast.
Replacing butter with peanut butter is great for guys like me who are trying to watch their weight but can’t resist a cookie when they see one. That’s because butter is at least 80% fat but peanut butter is only about 50% fat.
Making this swap is also wise when baking for a vegan guest who cannot eat regular butter.
Using Peanut Butter with Your Tools
Peanut butter is useful for handy people. When without lubricant, you can use peanut butter for lawn mower blades, saws and other tools.
Peanut butter also makes a good stand-in for spray lubricants when fixing creaky door hinges or squeaky drawers.
Peanut butter is one of my all-time favorite foods, and I can think of no better purpose for it than to fill my always longing belly. When in a bind, however, peanut butter can prove rather useful outside your diet. You just have to think a little outside the jar.
Timothy Moore is an avid peanut butter eater. His house usually has at least four jars at all times. His favorite brand is Kroger Natural Creamy Peanut Butter. Puns he tried to include in this article (but failed in doing so) included, “They don’t call it peanot butter, after all,” and “You butter believe it.”